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Southampton law students visit top city firm Jones Day

Published: 18 November 2013

International law firm Jones Day welcomed Southampton law students to its London offices to give them an insight into legal careers and explain more about its pro bono work.

It is the third largest law firm in the world with more than 2,400 lawyers on five continents.

Southampton Law students

Second year LLB student Colin Colas and the Lawyers Without Borders Student Division committee organised the open day coach trip for 49 students accompanied by Head of School Professor Hazel Biggs, senior lecturer Liz Williams and Jan Steele from Career Destinations. Lawyers from Jones Day frequently talk to students at the University of Southampton to talk to students but this was the first time they hosted a visit.

A chance to ask questions

"It was a real success, fantastic, informative and engaging for all of us," he says. The day included a pro bono talk, question and answer session, description of the Jones Day training system and a networking lunch.

Students found the day was very useful. Amanda Goh says: "It was a meaningful and insightful experience that I enjoyed very much, our sharing session gave us further insight into the lawyers projects and milestone projects of their career,"

Fellow student Dunstan Ong adds: "This was a significant eye opener for me as this is my first city law firm in London. My conversations with the lawyers gave me the aspiration to work in a big firm such as Jones Day and the drive to work towards it." According to Paul Matthews: "Being able to sit in the office of a major firm and collectively ask quite a lot of questions was an invaluable experience. The format of the day was perfect."

Enjoying the hospitality

Colin is also Vice President of Southampton's Lawyers Without Borders Student Division, a group of volunteer law students that fundraises for Lawyers Without Borders in support of its pro bono services. He says members of his group particularly enjoyed the talk from Jones Day partner Stephen Brown about the firm's work in this area.

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