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Southampton Law School

External professional engagement with Southampton Law School

Southampton Law School offers a range of opportunities in which both legal and non-legal employers and other organisations can raise their profile, promote their job opportunities and engage with our students and graduates.


Law Careers Fair


This highly successful annual event is designed primarily for Year 2 students preparing for their vacation scheme and mini-pupillage applications. It is attended by over 50 firms and organisations including global and regional law firms, postgraduate training providers, the Government Legal Services, the Bar Council and the Inns of Court. The Law School's excellent reputation has made this event very popular among employers, who compete for the opportunity to attend the fair. Final year and LLM students are also invited to the event and over 200 students typically attend. 


Team building
The Team Development Programme at the School of Law takes place at the start of the academic year and is the initial opportunity for our first year students to meet in an informal setting and engage with their tutorial group. Students participate in a number of practical activities which emphasise the benefits of an effective learning group and the need for strong team working skills, problem solving, organisation and planning - essential for their future careers.

During the half-day activities students also meet lecturers and their PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) mentor. At the end of the half day programme students carry forward their team skills into their LLB programme through the Womble Bond Dickinson. In this challenge, each group must research, prepare and deliver a presentation on a specific legal topic and culminates in an evening reception in which students can network with legal professionals from Womble Bond Dickinson, who generously sponsor the event.

Placements for Law students are scheduled either over the Easter break or during the summer. Students are responsible for researching and finding opportunities at law firms independently, with the exception of occasional advertised positions being forwarded through the Law School. Students often make important connects with firms at our Careers Fair or during the employability skill week, and go on to organise placements through these relationships.

Employability Skills Programme
This programme 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 in a range of careers many of whom are Alumni. Examples of sessions which have been organised include Negotiating Skills, Writing Skills, Life at the Human Rights Bar, Personal Branding, Commercial Awareness and Assessment Centres as well as visits to courts and tribunals. 

In addition to the programme we also regularly organise presentations, workshops and mock interviews in which recruiters talk to our students about their organisations, run 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...

Marshalling schemes provide students with an unrivalled opportunity to gain first-hand insights into the work of leading judges. Previous successful applicants have benefited from the opportunity to spend time with barristers and judges, to attend court cases, to discuss cases with judges and to attend ceremonial events such as the swearing in of the Lord Chancellor. 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. Mooting competitions are also run by our student societies and they have benefitted from support from individuals as well as firms and Chambers. This can take the form of sponsorship for travel expenses etc. or acting as judges for the competitions. This has helped to ensure the success of our students in regional, national and international mooting and negotiation competitions. Find out more...

Law School Prizes
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...

Ambassadorial Roles
Ambassadorial roles are designed for second and final year students to gain a greater insight into a prospective employer while also refining a number of important employability skills.

Guest Speakers and Seminars
We regularly invite high profile guest speakers to come and discuss and debate the most important legal issues of the day. We've recently welcomed Lord Neuberger, Lord Justice Briggs, Dame Jennifer Roberts, and the former Chair of the England and Wales Parole Board, Professor Nick Hardwick. Alumni and connections from location and national firms also join us to offer insight into their fields of Law, offering a vital insight into the profession.


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