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Law fairs 2022: all you need to know

updated on 13 September 2022

Law fairs are an important stage of the recruitment process that offer you the chance to meet recruiters, trainee solicitors and partners from the law firms you could be joining in the future. Find out more about the opportunities available in our guide to law fairs.

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This year law fairs will undoubtedly remain different as employers and universities adapt to working in a post covid-19 world, with a mix of virtual and face-to-face law fairs on offer throughout the autumn term. Law fairs are a valuable source of information about legal opportunities, both for those studying law and for non-law students thinking about converting. Law fairs take place from September to December. 

In person law fairs – Autumn 2022

If you’re a current university student, your university may have a law fair happening in person. You should check with your university’s careers service or law school to find out when your university’s law fair takes place. Here are a few examples of law fairs taking place in person across the autumn term.

  • The Warwick University Law Expo is on the 25 October 2022 from 11am until 4pm. This is a must-attend event that looks at the skills and attributes required for students to succeed. The expo will feature around 40 law firms.
  • The Cardiff University Law Fair runs on the 2 November 2022 from 1pm-4pm. This event is a great opportunity for you to meet recruiters and current trainees.

Check with your universities career service or law department for information on if and when it’s running a law fair. You may even see the LawCareers.Net team there!

Virtual law fairs – Autumn 2022

Several virtual law fairs are also taking place alongside those organised by individual universities.

  • The Legal Cheek UK Virtual Law Fair Series consists of three law fairs, scheduled to take place from 2 to 5pm on 8 September 2022, 11 October 2022 and 22 November 2022. Each fair has capacity for 5,000 students.
  • The AllAboutLaw’s Virtual Law Fair is running for a week from 17 to 21 October 2022, between 10am to 5pm.The fair features speakers from some of the top law firms and law schools in the UK.

Universities and law schools are organising virtual and in-person law fairs. Check with your institution for the latest information and use the LCN Events page to make sure you don’t miss an event.

Exhibitors

Law firms

If you’re interested in training as a solicitor, law fairs give you an opportunity to talk informally to trainees, solicitors and recruiters. Areas to explore include:

  • the firm’s key work areas and clients;
  • the firm’s size and annual trainee intake;
  • location;
  • style of training and range of experience offered to trainees; and
  • opportunities for trainees in firms with overseas offices.

It’s also well worth considering opportunities outside private practice (eg, with the Government Legal Profession).

You may want to ask about funding and sponsorship. Many firms offer financial support for postgraduate courses. Will this affect your choices?

Barristers’ chambers

If you’re interested in training as a barrister, you should consider:

If you’re an international student, you may wish to explore opportunities to qualify in the UK.

Course providers

Universities and law schools attend fairs to provide information about the law conversion courses, the Legal Practice CourseSolicitors Qualifying Exam preparation courses and Bar courses.

Preparing for a law fair – virtual and in person

Start by looking at the list of organisations attending the law fair. Make a list of the exhibitors that you’re most interested in speaking to.

Don't approach interactions with potential employers with a casual attitude, as if you aren't sure why you want to speak to them or as if you’re not sure whether you’re interested in law. Questions like, "So what do you do?" and "Why should I consider working for you?" don't go down well with professionals who’ve given up valuable time for your benefit (read the profiles in our Meet the Recruiter section for questions they do like). Equally unimpressive is the question, "Where are your offices?" when the answer is a Google search away!

By taking just 15 minutes to research a law firm before you speak to its recruiters and trainees at a law fair, you’ll have the basic information you need to ask more developed questions and have a good conversation. Recruiters and lawyers remember candidates who were engaged and interested in the firm.

After a conversation with an employer, you may want to note down your key takeaways for later.

Make the most of law fairs to help you decide whether law is the right career for you and to identify which practice area will suit you best. This autumn’s law fairs, in person and virtual, are ideal opportunities to meet professionals and start planning your next steps.

Find out more

For more information on preparing for a law fair and impressing recruiters on the day, listen to this episode of The LawCareers.Net Podcast featuring interviews with Shoosmiths' Graduate Recruitment Manager Samantha Hope, and LawCareers.Net’s Matthew Broadbent.

To know how to make the most of virtual interactions, listen to this LawCareers.Net Podcast, featuring Matthew Berrick, trainee solicitor at Pinsent Masons and Hannah Wright from Shakespeare Martineau.

For more tips and tricks on make the most of law fairs, check out the LawCareers.Net YouTube for videos on how to prepare and make the most of Law fairs.