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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 is a highly successful event which targets Year 2 students preparing for their vacation scheme and mini-pupillage applications. It is attended by over 50 firms and other law-related organisations and takes place in November each year. Final year and LLM students are also invited to the event. Find out more...

Employability Skills Programme

This has been running in the Law School for fifteen years and offers second year 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 include: Negotiating Skills, Life at the Human Rights Bar, Personal Branding, Time Management, The Government Legal Service, Commercial Awareness, and working as in-house lawyers, as well as visits to courts, tribunals and a law firm.

In addition to our 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 at the end of the first Semester which is judged by regional and city lawyers, judges and barristers. In addition there is a student Mooting Society 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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