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

updated on 13 October 2020

LawCareersNetLIVE conferences, sponsored by Nottingham Law School, 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 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 all three conferences will take place virtually and will be split over the following dates:

  • Manchester, 26-27 November;
  • London, 3-4 December; and
  • Virtual, 1-2 December.

Here are the four reasons you should apply for a place at one of our LawCareersNetLIVE events.

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 virtually 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 three LawCareersNetLIVE events 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 26-27 November are:

The firm sponsors of LawCareersNetLIVE London on 3-4 December are:

The firm sponsors of LawCareersNetLIVE Virtual on 1-2 December are:

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

One of the key highlights of 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 their chosen conference, indicating their preferences ahead of the day. Many workshops have a practice area focus, with sessions confirmed for this year on:

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. There will be a number of opportunities to ask questions and virtually network throughout each event.

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

Apply now

To apply for a place at the event on your chosen days, visit the LawCareersNetLIVE website. The deadline to apply is 29 October, but as applications are considered on a rolling basis, candidates are advised to get theirs in as soon as possible.

The LawCareersNetLIVE events are heavily subsidised by the firm sponsors, and in line with the new virtual events, the delegate fee has been reduced to £10, which successful applicants will be required to pay when choosing their workshops. For the first time in the event’s history, these fees will be donated to two charitiesLawCare and The AS Foundation.

For LCN’s advice on how to virtually network and prepare for virtual events, you can watch our video on virtual networking.