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LawCareersNetLIVE: four reasons you should apply to one of our student careers conferences

updated on 01 October 2019

LawCareersNetLIVE conferences provide students the chance to network with a host of international, City and national firms, gain insights into their key practice areas and benefit from expert application advice direct from recruiters.

Every autumn term we host LawCareersNetLIVE, our careers conferences in London and Manchester that offer students the opportunity to interact with top law firms, learn about their businesses and network with recruiters, solicitors, partners and trainees. This year we are excited to be bringing LawCareersNetLIVE to Bristol as well, showcasing some brilliant firms and opportunities to launch a legal career outside of London.

Here are the four reasons you should apply for a place at LawCareersNetLIVE.

1. LawCareersNetLIVE is geared toward vacation schemes

The application form you must complete for a place at LawCareersNetLIVE is based on those you will encounter when applying for a vacation scheme or work placement. This means that we are looking for the same things that firms look for in candidates and that places go to those with a good chance of attaining a vacation scheme and, ultimately, a training contract. This article by LCN’s managing director, Sinead Dineen, explains more.

The firms attending know that they will be meeting good candidates, while you get some proper application practise in before the real thing.

But more than that, the valuable networking opportunities throughout the day itself will enable you to gain valuable insights into the firms you could soon be applying to, as well as more to talk about when you do. Networking sessions are also a chance to make a good impression. LawCareersNetLIVE is timed for late November and early December to give candidates the maximum benefit before applying for vacation schemes, with many firms’ deadlines falling throughout December, January and February.

2. A host of top law firms are attending

All threeLawCareersNetLIVE events in Manchester, London and Bristol are sponsored by some of the most prestigious firms in the profession, including leading international, City, US and national firms, each with their own specialisms. Between them, they comprehensively cover all the practice areas within commercial and corporate law, with many doing complex multi-jurisdictional work all over the world.

Our firm sponsors at LawCareersNetLIVE Manchester on 29 November are:

The firm sponsors of LawCareersNetLIVE London on 6 December are:

The firm sponsors of LawCareersNetLIVE Bristol on 10 December are:

3. The firm-led workshops offer unique practice area insights

One of the key highlights of the day at LawCareersNetLIVE are the firm-led interactive workshops that provide a deeper look at one of their key specialisms through practical case studies and group work.

Students attend two workshops over the course of one of the conferences, indicating their preferences ahead of the day. Many workshops have a practice area focus, with sessions confirmed for this year on:

Other firm-led workshops take in vital practical skills such as contract negotiation and commercial awareness.  

4. You’ll receive expert advice from the very recruiters who will be reviewing your applications

Experienced recruiters, all experts in their field, will be on hand to talk to throughout LawCareersNetLIVE, both about their firms and the application process. Some will also be running CV clinics where you can benefit from more one-to-one advice.

On top of that, the final hour of both conferences will be a panel discussion and Q&A with expert recruiters at leading firms, where you can ask more questions and benefit from their practical pointers.

Apply now

To apply for a place at the London or Manchester conference, visit the LawCareersNetLIVE website. The deadline to apply is 30 October, but as applications are considered on a rolling basis, candidates are advised to get theirs in as soon as possible.

Both LawCareersNetLIVE events are heavily subsidised by the firm sponsors, but there is a delegate fee of £29 for successful candidates who accept a place, which includes regular refreshments throughout the day.