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Law fairs 2021: everything you need to know

updated on 14 September 2021

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. 

This year law fairs will undoubtedly be different as employers and universities adapt to the challenges of covid-19, 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 who are studying law and for non-law students who are thinking about converting. There are virtual law fairs from September to December. 

Virtual law fairs – Autumn 2021

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

  • The Legal Cheek UK Virtual Law Fair Series consists of four law fairs, scheduled to take place from 2:00pm until 5:00pm on Tuesday 7 September, Tuesday 5 October, Thursday 4 November and Thursday 2 December. Each fair has capacity for 5,000 students.

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

Exhibitors

Law firms

If you are interested in training as a solicitor, the fairs will 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 is 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 are interested in training as a barrister, you should consider:

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

Course providers

Universities and law schools attend law 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 are 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 are not sure whether you are 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 have given up valuable time for your benefit (read the profiles in the Meet the Recruiter section for questions that 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 will 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 if law is the right career for you and to identify which practice area will suit you best. This autumn’s virtual law fairs 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.