This pages provides help and links for finding summer vacation schemes, mini-pupillages, other legal work experience and graduate internships.
Work Experience for KLS Students
To ensure that opportunities offered exclusively to KLS students are only made available to KLS students the identity of work experience providers and the related Job Descriptions are posted to DP1950 on Moodle.
The following opportunities are available on an annual basis:
- Work experience with Solicitors: – opportunities vary every year but usually include High Street, National, Regional and Local Authorities mainly in Kent and London.
- Mini-pupillages – There are 16 MP’s available in a range of legal areas including PI, family, children, financial, fraud & other crime.
- Marshalling – 10 x 2-day opportunities at Canterbury Courts and 3 x 1 day opportunities in a court north of London.
How to find out more: Go to the Employability Module on Moodle (DP150) and download the information
Funding your work experience
UNIVERSITY OF KENT WORK and OPPORTUNITIES FUND
If you have secured some unpaid work experience you could be entitled to up to £250 from the Careers and Employability Service to help with expenses. To be eligible you must be a student registered with the University of Kent, studying in the UK; your work experience must be taking place within the UK; the total duration of your work experience must be no longer than 3 weeks (120 hours); you must be returning to university for at least a term after completing your work experience.
The bursary will primarily contribute towards out-of-pocket travel expenses. However, in exceptional circumstances, contributions towards accommodation, food costs, work clothing or childcare will be considered. Full terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/funding.html
Unpaid Internships/Work Experience
The University (in line with the NUS) does not support unpaid internships/work experience of more than 3-4 weeks. This is so that we do not endorse exploitation. Find out about your rights from the Government – https://www.gov.uk/employment-rights-for-interns The following are interesting and informative articles which will help you to identify whether your internship should be paid:
Help for finding work experience / vacation schemes / mini-pupillage
The following all offer tips on self-analysis, research, law fairs and where to seek help:
- Training contracts, pupillages and careers in law: get started with LC.N – article to get you started
- MyLC.N is an on-line, secure, portfolio where you can assess your suitablity, save details of your favourite firms/chambers, analyse your employability, bookmark deadlines, create your own information library and save time on applications by using ‘My Locker’.
- Aspiring Solicitors organises a range of work experience placements for their members. MEmbership is free so sign up and you might get work experience with one of their amazing partners. To find out more click this link and choose “Legal Work Experience” from the option. https://www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk/member-services/
- AllAboutLaw have provided the following helpful links if you are applying for the above
- All internships: http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes
- City law firms: http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes/city-firms
- Regional law firms: http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes/regional-firms
- US law firms: http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes/us-firms
- International law firms: http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes/international-firms
- Scottish law firms: http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes/scottish-firms
- Although 31st December and 31st January are popular vacation scheme deadlines you must always check carefully. The Lex 100 has created a handy interactive table so you don’t miss out on these important dates. To access the vacation scheme table click here: www.lex100.com/index.php/career-clinic/vacation-scheme-deadlines. You can also follow on Twitter to keep up to date with vacation scheme deadlines as they arrive.
- The Lex 100 – Careers Clinic: Research is key to securing vacation scheme placements. The Lex 100 has a really handy Careers Clinic section giving a wealth of really helpful advice on every aspect of a career in law. The articles can be accessed at: www.lex100.com/index.php/career-clinic.
Of particular interest at this time of year the following articles will be useful:Vacation Schemes – Is it worth sacrificing your sun lounger for a couple of weeks’ work experience?Why vacation schemes?Maximising your chances of success – Ten key steps to a career in law How do you gain commercial awareness?
Other useful links
- http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bdc7d17d#/bdc7d17d/1 – e-book
- http://targetjobs.co.uk/search/all?f=im_taxonomy_vid_71:5155&f=bundle:ad_workexperience – vacation scheme listing with deadlines
- http://www.traineesolicitorsurgery.co.uk/free-career-guides/ – links to free e-books about successful applications and interviews
- http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/ – a search facility for placements across all industries
- http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bdc7d17d#/bdc7d17d/1 – e-book
- Inner Temple Pegasus Scheme offers help to students from under-represented backgrounds in law to apply for a mini puppillage. There is very specific criteria but it’s worth making the application. See www.pegasus.me for full details.
- Middle Temple Access to the Bar Awards – an annual opportunity to gain a 1 week mini-pupillage and 1 week marshalling placement – PAID. For full details seen http://www.middletemple.org.uk/education-and-training/scholarships-and-prizes/access-to-the-bar-awards . Details of this opportunity, when live, will be on the ‘Diversity’ page of this blog.
- Bridging the Bar – a mini-pupillage programme exclusively for aspiring barristers from underrepresented groups, with a range of chambers on board to join their flagship scheme. For more information on their work and to apply for the scheme, visit www.bridgingthebar.org
Other Legal Work Experience
- http://lawworks.org.uk/pro-bono-placements and http://lawworks.org.uk/index.php?cID=165&cType=document– finding pro-bono work
- http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-careers/legal-work-experience/marshalling – Marshalling
- Aspiring Solicitors sometimes have work experience (Barclays’ Legal Department have previously offered (register here http://www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk/register/)
…there are lots more to come so keep using this page as it will grow over the coming year!
For more opportunities see the listing on the diversity pages – https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/klsemployability/diversity-2/
Solicitors work experience for students with disabilities
The Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society works with employers in the legal sector to offer work experience opportunities to their members. A number of employers are take part in the scheme including law firms in private practice, and in-house departments from the public and private sectors.
The work experience scheme can offer you:
- Work experience for 1-2 weeks
- Part/full time positions available.
- Discussion of reasonable adjustments, if required. For example, flexible working time.
- Possible paid reasonable travelling expenses. (some firms have indicated that they are able to offer this).
You will need to be a member of LDD, which is free to join as long as you meet the membership criteria.
See here for full information.
How to apply – the application window is usually February – March each year. You will need to apply by letter and CV. Details of the 2019 scheme are here – https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/practice-management/diversity-inclusion/lawyers-with-disabilities-division/lawyers-with-disabilities-division-work-experience-programme/
EmployAbility: Opportunities for disabled & dyslexic students & graduates
Summer internship opportunities available to apply to now with; Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Shell, Google and the FCA, as well as Graduate programmes with Shell, Google & the FCA.
All opportunities can be accessed at: www.employ-ability.org.uk/internships
Extra support – Mini-Pupillages
(PAS) is a coordinated work experience programme that aims to support those from diverse backgrounds to consider a career at the Bar. The Scheme is administered by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for the Bar of England and Wales. It is part of the Inns of Court’s work to encourage and support diversity and social mobility in the profession.
Please note, this scheme has some very particular access requirements – it’s best for you to look them up here. This scheme has closed for 2015 but I have included the details here because you may want to diarise the opportunity for next year. Whilst I don’t have the dates for next years application window I would suggest that it will be September, as it was this year.
Please note: This is not currently a complete listing – instead of creating a new post everytime I come across an internship I shall simply update this post. So, do keep visiting if you are seriously looking for an internship.
The following NGO’s, charities and other bodies all offer internships which may be of interest to law graduates. Some are legal in nature but others may use your legal skills and/or knowledge in other ways.
Follow the links to see the full details of the internships – be aware, that some organisations may only post the information on their website when the application process goes ‘live’. This means that there may be no information for part of the year and you will need to keep revisiting if you are interested. However, most of the organisations will have some kind of social media/email sign up which will alert you to the positions when then do, indeed, ‘go live’.
WHEN TO APPLY
Each internship will be different. Most are likely to have a closing date of January in your final year. Some will be earlier. Many accept applications from May in your penultimate year of study. So, research in year 2, draft your applications during your final summer and make the actual application as you return for your final year.
- The International Labour Office: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/pers/vacancy/intern.htm#q2
- Government Legal Service – www.gls.gov.uk – It is possible that they do not offer internships in 2014
- Human Rights Watch – http://www.hrw.org/about/volunteering
- Reprieve – www.reprieve.org.uk
- European Patent Office – http://www.epo.org/about-us/jobs/vacancies/internships/graduates.html
- International Bar Association – http://www.ibanet.org/Education_and_Internships/Legal_Internship_Programme.aspx
And….those who do not offer internships but may offer an alternative (usually volunteering):
- There is a listing of pro-bono opportunities (not comprehensive) on this page of this blog.
- Law Commision – http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/ – “We do not run our own intern scheme, although we advertise annually for fixed-term, paid Research Assistants.”
- The Free Representation Unit – www.thefru.net – volunteering positions.
- Human Rights Watch – http://www.hrw.org/about/volunteering – as a volunteer you may be translating documents.
- Law Centres – http://www.lawcentres.oi-dev.org/ – all these centres are in London