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Final Year Law Career Planning. Darren Johnson Careers Adviser. Alternatives To Being A Solicitor or Barrister. Destinations of 2006 Law Graduate Graduate Recruitment Cycle Sources of Vacancies Applications with STAR quality Postgraduate Study Time Out – other opportunities.

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final year law career planning

Final Year LawCareer Planning

Darren Johnson

Careers Adviser

alternatives to being a solicitor or barrister
Alternatives To Being A Solicitor or Barrister
  • Destinations of 2006 Law Graduate
  • Graduate Recruitment Cycle
  • Sources of Vacancies
  • Applications with STAR quality
  • Postgraduate Study
  • Time Out – other opportunities
employment
Employment
  • Recruitment Researcher – Morgan Mckinley (Banking and Finance specialists)
  • Teacher - Teach First
  • Constituency Assistant – MP
  • Marketing – L`Oreal
  • Commercial Lender – Alliance and Leicester
  • Trainee Accountant – Grant Thornton
  • Police Officer
  • Research Assistant – Law Commission
  • Executive Officer – Home Office
  • Legal Secretary/ Assistants
employment5
Employment
  • Research and Policy Officer – Scottish Labour Party
  • Licensed Conveyancer – Temple Heelis
  • Officer - Royal Marines
  • Paralegal – Addleshaw Goddard
  • Intern – British Irish Rights Watch
common career areas for law graduates u k wide
Law Commission

Civil Service Fast Stream

Property

Management Consulting

Legal Publishing

(Guardian Mondays)

Investment Banking

Teaching

Assistant Company Secretarial Roles

HM Revenue and Customs

General Management

Local Government

Legal Executive/Paralegal

Licensed Conveyancing

www.prospects.ac.uk

Common Career Areas For Law Graduates U.K wide
example recruitment deadlines
Example Recruitment Deadlines
  • NHS (Human Resources) – November 28th
  • Law Commission Early January Civil Service Fast Stream - Nov 30th
  • McKinsey and Company (Consulting) – 16th November
  • Teach First – 30th November
  • WPP (Marketing) – 28th November
  • HM Revenue and Customs (December 3rd)
  • Macmillan Publishing – Dec 31st
  • NGDP (local govt) – 12th January 2009
the graduate recruitment cycle
The graduate recruitment cycle
  • Many employer deadlines before Xmas
  • Interviews mainly from mid – January
  • Assessment Centres mainly from February
  • Start work between June + September
  • Some organisations recruit all year round
  • Some may allow deferred entry
  • Smaller organisations tend to recruit after Easter
trends in graduate labour market
Trends in Graduate Labour market
  • Vacancies
  • 16.4% increase at graduate level predicted (14% have reduced intake in financial sector)
  • Consulting strong growth /Insurance no growth anticipated
  • Salaries – Median starting salary £24,000
  • Still competitive ! 28:1 applications ratio
      • Source: Association of Graduate Recruiters, 2008
sources of job vacancies
Sources of Job Vacancies
  • Employer Presentations
  • Career Fair (next June)
  • Career Directories – Free from CAS
  • Recruitment Agencies – www.rec.uk.com
  • National/ Local Newspapers
  • Internet
useful websites for job vacancies
www.jobsgopublic.com

www.charitypeople.co.uk

www.durham.ac.uk/careers-advice

www.lawcom.gov.uk

www.ilex.org.uk

www.instituteofparalegals.org

www.hmrc.gov.uk

www.ngdp.co.uk

www.nhs.bringingleadershiptolife.nhs.uk

www.prospects.ac.uk

www.doctorjob.com

www.faststream.gov.uk

www.icsa.org.uk

www.getalife.org.uk

www.hobsons.co.uk

www.milkround.com

www.graduate-jobs.com

www.graduatelink.com

www.gradunet.co.uk

www.gradplus.com

www.insidecareers.co.uk

www.thepaperboy.co.uk

http://targetjobs.co.uk

www.rec.uk.com

Useful Websites For Job Vacancies
applications interviews
Applications/Interviews
  • STAR quality (Situation/Task/Action/Result)
  • www.selectsimulator.com
  • Video – On-Line Applications
  • Lunchtime talks by Careers Advisory Service
  • Employer Workshops and Mock Interviews
postgraduate study
Postgraduate Study
  • Similar or Conversion?
  • Researching Courses
  • Applying
  • Funding
destinations 2006 2007 law graduates
Destinations 2006/2007 Law Graduates
  • LLM – Durham/Newcastle/Cambridge/London Business School/Kings College
subject related
Subject Related
  • Deciding:
  • Taught LLM : how/where/destinations/reputation
  • Does it meet your needs
  • Research – Mjur/MPhil/PhD

Research Ratings (1 lowest - 5* highest)

Specialism of Research/Resources

How active are staff members in research?

Location, does it meet your needs?

Motivation

conversion
Conversion?
  • Be aware of deadline for:
  • Primary Teaching – Dec 1st 2008 www.gttr.ac.uk
  • Social Work – January 15th 2009 www.ucas.com
  • Other courses such as Journalism, Publishing and Psychology apply direct to institutions of interest – be aware they may have set their own early deadlines- check with admissions staff!
funding
Funding
  • AHRC – deadline 1st May 2008 – many institutions want applications at least 2/3 months before this
  • University Bursaries/Studentships
  • Funder Finder at Careers Advisory Service
  • Loans
postgraduate study websites
Postgraduate Study Websites
  • www.prospects.ac.uk
  • www.hobsons.com
  • www.petersons.com – United States Universities
  • www.acu.ac.uk – Commonwealth Universities
  • www.australian-universities.com – Australian Universities
  • www.thes.co.uk
  • www.jobs.ac.uk
  • www.findamasters.com
  • www.findaPhD.com
  • www.ahrc.ac.uk Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • www.hero.ac.uk
time out
Time Out ?
  • Some schemes have early deadlines
  • JET – November 30th
  • EVENTS section for location and to sign up
  • www.gapyear.com
  • Reference Books in the Careers Advisory Service
  • Country profiles on www.prospects.ac.uk
help from your careers service
HELP FROM YOUR CAREERS SERVICE ?
  • Workshops- including psychometric tests
  • CV/Application/Interview Presentations
  • Reports and Contacts of Durham Alumni
  • On-line appointments - CASIGMA
  • Quick Queries/Applications Advice
  • Long Guidance Consultation
  • Information on courses, occupations, employers
  • Information on taking time out – overseas/U.K opportunities
careers advisory service
Careers Advisory Service
  • 49 New Elvet (next to D.S.U)
  • Term Time – 10am – 5pm
  • Vacation – 10am – 1pm 2.15pm – 5pm
  • Tel: 0191 334 1424/1437
  • careers- [email protected]
  • www.durham.ac.uk/careers-advice
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