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Southampton Law School

Employer engagement opportunities

As one of the UK’s leading law schools we have established a network of partnerships and are involved in a wide range of collaborations and activities. Our links include some of the most influential organisations in today’s legal world such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Bar Association, the Law Commission, the European Commission and the International Maritime Organisation.

Employer engagement
Employer engagement

Our staff are internationally-recognised for their work at the forefront of their fields and many are helping to shape law across the world consulting with governments, agencies, research institutes and global organisations. As well as advising on all aspects of law, they also help ensure organisations and their employees are up-to-date with the latest legislation.

We are also home to some of the world’s most prestigious research centres that are working on ground-breaking research in public, private, domestic and international law.

The Southampton Law School offers a range of opportunities in which both legal and non-legal employers can raise their profile, promote their job opportunities and engage with our students and graduates. Some of these are detailed below.

Careers and Employability events and activities

Law Careers Fair

This annual event takes place in November. In 2022 the fair will be taking place on Wednesday 16th November. The fair is open to all University of Southampton students and graduates, and is attended by global, national and regional law firms and postgraduate training providers. The Law School's excellent reputation has made this event very popular among employers, who compete for the opportunity to attend the fair. Find out more...

The Careers and Employability Skills Lecture Programmes

The Careers Programme has been running in the Law School for nearly twenty years and offers students a unique opportunity to develop key transferable skills as well as network and make contacts in the legal and business communities.

Students attend a range of presentations and interactive workshops led by professionals from a wide range of firms, chambers and organisations. Examples of sessions which have been organised recently include: ‘How to boost your commercial awareness’, Life as a Healthcare lawyer’, How to qualify as a solicitor – the LPC or the SQE?’, ‘Studying for an LLM’, ‘Data Privacy Lawyers’ and Careers at the Law Commission’.

In addition to our Careers Programme we also regularly organise presentations, workshops and mock interviews in which recruiters talk to our students about their organisations, facilitate interactive workshops on an aspect of the job seeking process or conduct individual mock interviews. Find out more...

Student Societies

Our student law societies are very active and run an excellent range of events throughout the year including workshops, talks, moots and drop-in sessions from law firms, Barristers Chambers and other legal organisations and employers. Find out more...


All our first year students undertake a compulsory Moot during Semester Two as part of their Legal Skills module. This is judged by regional and city lawyers, judges and barristers who are invited to network with the students afterwards at a drinks reception. In addition, there are student societies, such as the Bar Society, who arrange moots throughout the year and with which employers may wish to engage. Find out more...

Pro Bono

We offer several initiatives including BarLink, 3 Clinics (housing, employment and small business) and Streetlaw. Find out more...


Employers and organisations regularly offer a range of different prizes to students. These include for example best performance/runner(s) up in each academic year, best overall contribution, mooting prizes, and module specific prizes. Find out more...

Seminars and lectures

Expert speakers talk about latest developments in their field, via public lectures and conferences on particular issues. Find out more...

More information

If you would like to find out more or engage in any of these activities or events, please contact:
Jan Steele, Senior Tutor and Careers & Employability Co-ordinator, School of Law, University of Southampton. Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 3416 or email

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