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 1 opportunity (length to be negotiated) on the Western Circuit (that’s Portsmouth, Winchester or Southampton)

How to find out more:  Go to the Employability Module on Moodle (DP150) and download the information from the

Funding your work experience

UNIVERSITY OF KENT WORK and OPPORTUNITIES SCHEME

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:

Vacation Schemes

Other useful links

Mini-Pupillages

Other Legal Work Experience

…there are lots more to come so keep using this page as it will grow over the coming year!

Extra Support – 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

The Pegasus Access Scheme

(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.

GRADUATE INTERNSHIPS

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 Links:

 

And….those who do not offer internships but may offer an alternative (usually volunteering):