Below are details of talks hosted on campus by KLS, any of the KLS student law societies, the University’s central Careers & Employability Service and the wider university which may be of interest to you. Please note that the talks below are only a small proportion of the many talks that take place on campus every week. They are the ones that I believe are most relevant to law students but there will always be others that may be of interest to some of you so you should check out the university events calendar too.

EP
Employability Points
All of the talks listed will entitle you to between 5-10 EPs unless otherwise indicated.
Make sure you sign the attendance registers.

EMPLOYABILITY EVENTS 

Please note that events are still in the process of being booked.  Please come back closer to the start of term for more dates.


 Please note, this list is being added to regularly. Don’t miss out – check each week


Every Week:

 

 

Week 10
Law related events

 

  • Legal Careers Bitesize Psychometric testing Workshop – Monday 25th November 3pm, KLS Postgraduate Teaching Room, Top Floor, next to computer room (signposted from main entrance) Eliot College In this session Liz Foden from the Careers & Employability Service will show you the different types of tests that legal (and other graduate) recruiters use to select applicants for interview following their initial application. There will be chance to practice and test yourself.

 

  • Commercial Awareness – Monday 25th November, 6pm,Sibson Lecture Theatre 2 (SIBLT2).  Sorry, this event has been cancelled owing to lack of sign up. KSLS host BPP for an event which will involve an assessment centre group activity that will develop your commercial awareness, negotiation skills and understanding of legal technology.

 

  • KCLS’ Career Month Event – Work Experience Opportunities.  6:30pm – 8pm, 25th of November. DLT3   Panellists include: EP points; law careers adviser; Jobshop; Law Clinic; Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services and potentially the Young Lives Foundation.   Panellists will talk about  opportunities they have open to students to enable you to gain work experience, develop skills and enhance your profile whilst you are still studying.

 

  • #KLShour – Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm, on Twitter! – Every Tuesday join in with the Twitter conversation.

 

  • The Law Commission – an overview and an introduction to the annual Research Assistant job opportunity – Liam Davis, Kent alum and researcher and Teresa Trepak, lawyer  – Thursday 28th November, 2pm  Room Cornwallis North West Seminar room 5   –   Liam Davis graduated from Kent with an LLM in 2019 and LLB in 2018.  He has taken on one of the very interesting one-year Research Assistant jobs at the Law Commission.  This talk will give you an overview of the commission and the job opportunity with Q&A time too.    Liam is keen to help any future applicants to make a successful application.
    Research Assistants (RAs) typically join the Law Commission in the early part of their careers, having completed an undergraduate or postgraduate law degree (and sometimes vocational training, or indeed their pupillage or training contract). The contract is for a year, although it is sometimes possible for RAs to stay for another year. Working as an RA offers a unique insight into law reform and government and those who join us as RAs typically find the experience to be challenging and enriching and to be a very valuable stage in their development. Further information is available at: https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/placements-and-internships/research-assistants/. This link has everything you should need, including minimum academic requirements and tips/guides for applicants. Applicants must have a law degree with two years’ full time substantive legal studies.
    Time at the Commission is regarded very highly by employers, especially those in legal circles. It is also a fantastic look into legal reform and policy – as this is the cornerstone of what  they do (they’re responsible for changing the law!) The possibilities for post-Commission life really are endless, and the networking/general support is exceptional.
    Commission are very interested in increasing diversity and would very much like to attract more applications from BME/people of colour, women, LGBT+, disabled applicants. especially, but would like to see an increase in applications from Kent all round. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum academic requirements.

 

  • ELSA’s Drinks & Mingle – Friday 29th November 2019 (8pm Onwards) in K-bar

Other events of interest

Careers & Employability Service Events this week

Please book your place for any of the below on Target Connect

You will find a list of the CES talks and workshops here – https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/events/CEScalendar.html?view_by=month&tag=careers

Week 11
Law related events

  • #KLShour – Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm, on Twitter! – Every Tuesday join in with the Twitter conversation.

 

  • Baker Mckenzie Workshop –   Nicola Stanley, Head of Graduate Recruitment Team, Baker Mckenzie. – Thursday 5th December 6pm, Sibson LT3.    This talk will help you to understand the view of how a recruitment team hires new people giving them opportunities for training contracts and vacation schemes.   This is a KCLS event.

 

  • KLS Guest Lecture – Tom Hickman QC: Gaming the constitution and its consequences – Thursday, 5 December, Refreshments at 6pm, Lecture at  6:30pm, Grimond Lecture Theatre 2   – Hear from Tom Hickman QC, the lawyer who represented Gina Miller (with David Pannick QC) and helped secure two victories in the Supreme Court! Tom will look at what happens when law and politics collide.  He will examine how law and politics during the Brexit years have changed the UK constitution. Tom will talk about the Miller cases and the future of the UK constitution. Chaired by Kent Law School Senior Lecturer Sebastian Payne.   More details about the speaker hereSign up to attend on https://www.facebook.com/events/2339868186325565/ 

Other events of interest

Careers & Employability Service Events this week

Please book your place for any of the below on Target Connect

You will find a list of the CES talks and workshops here – https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/events/CEScalendar.html?view_by=month&tag=careers

Week 12
Law related events

Legal Careers Bitesize – Monday  3pm, Mooting Chamber, Wigoder Building In this session we will look at

#KLShour – Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm, on Twitter! – Every Tuesday join in with the Twitter conversation.

Other events of interest

Careers & Employability Service Events this week

Please book your place for any of the below on Target Connect

You will find a list of the CES talks and workshops here – https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/events/CEScalendar.html?view_by=month&tag=careers

 

 

Coming in Spring Term

Being Ace in the Workplace – Tuesday 21st January, 6-8pm.  Rm TBC.   Partners from Cripps Pemberton & Greenish will give you the tools to be so impressive when dealing with law firms and whilst on work experience/vacation schemes etc that you will “ace” the workplace!

Mock Interviews – 5th February, 1-5pm. Practice your interview skills with real recruiters and solicitors.  A range of recruiters and solicitors will conduct 20 minute interviews and provide 10 minutes of feedback.   A must for anyone looking for any kind of work!

Alternative Legal Careers Panel Event – February – Notary Scrivener, Paralegals, Legal Executive, and more

Training session:  Etiquette for Dinner Events – Weds 26th Feb, lunchtime.  Details to follow

KSLS Annual Dinner – Friday 28th February 2020  – A great opportunity to network with professional whilst also celebrating life as a law student at Kent.   See KSLS FB page in the new year for details about how to purchase tickets.

Barrister – v – Solicitor –  This annual KSLS and KTLS event will help you to understand the difference between the two main (UK) legal professions (there are others!). If you are just starting to consider your legal career this is a great event to attend. John Nee, Barrister, Becket Chambers will argue the case for the Bar and Keeley Lengthorne, Partner, MW Solicitors, will argue the case becoming a solicitor.

Kent Critical Law Society Annual Conference – Saturday 14th March.  The theme of this year’s conference will be “Legal Paradoxes”

KEYNOTE SPEECHbyDR. FUNKE ABIMBOLA MBE“CLIMBING MOUNTAINS”followed by Q&A session – Monday 23rd March, 12/1pm.   Dr. Funke Abimbola is a practising solicitor, business leader and diversity campaigner. She is currently General Counsel at Cycle Pharmaceuticals, a global pharmaceutical company based at Cambridge University. Prior to joining Cycle, Funke worked for Roche for 7 years, becoming General Counsel and Head of Financial Compliance. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company. Preceding her time at Roche, she was a corporate lawyer in private practice for 12 years, working for both central London and regional UK law firms.
Alongside her day job, she is a recognised diversity campaigner who is passionate about levelling the playing field with a focus on gender equality, race diversity and social mobility. She has received many awards for both her legal and diversity work. In June 2017, she was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours list for services to diversity in the legal profession and to young people.The University of Hertfordshire awarded her an honorary doctorate of laws in September 2019, recognizing her contributions to social and corporate diversity.


 

The Careers & Employability Service host many other talks every week. A full listing of the CES’s talks can be found at http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/case