Legal mentoring programme – apply now!

Looking for a great legal mentoring programme?

The Commercial Law Society has been in touch – it offers a mentoring scheme which could add some value to your CV and applications are now open!

Aim of the programme: to connect students (law and non-law) directly with industry professionals. This year, the mentors come from a variety of background, including those practising in top Scottish, City and American firms. With a wide range of international mentors, such as those based in London and Scotland, Hong Kong and Singapore it will aim to pair students with mentors in their preferred practice or jurisdiction and therefore cater to a variety of preferences.

To apply, please send the following information:

  • – Name
  • – Student Number
  • – E-mail
  • – Phone Number
  • – Programme of Study
  • – Year of Study and
  • – A short 250-word statement setting out why you are applying for the programme and what you hope to achieve by participating.

***Applications should be sent to by 06.10.17***


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Law Fair 2017

The 2017 Law Fair is taking place today, Wednesday 20 September from 12.30 to 4pm in the McEwan Hall, Bristo Square. We are expecting over 30 organisations, all offering traineeships and vacation experiences. We have representation from different jurisdictions and a couple of talks looking at the different routes you can take so it is shaping up to be a full Fair, with something for everyone, from Aberdein Considine to Wright, Johnstone and Mackenzie!  This is your chance to meet Scottish, English  international legal organisations looking to recruit from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Speak to their representatives and see what it is like to work with them, get tips on your applications, and ask questions not covered by their websites 
  • It doesn’t matter what stage you are at in planning your career – this event is open to all students considering a career in law
  • Get information, advice and attend talks hosted by the Law Society of Scotland and the Careers Service


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English law training contracts- summer deadlines

The deadline for English training contracts commencing 2019 is often July 31st, although some are earlier, and some later. You will find lots of online lists – I quite like this one from  The Lex 100:

The 2 years in advance allows you satisfy requirements (conversion course and LPC)before embarking on the training contract.

Students who have studied an honours degree at Edinburgh (any discipline)  will be expected to take a conversion course followed by the LPC before embarking on a training contract. The Graduate Diploma in Law allows non-law graduates who want to qualify as either Solicitors or Barristers to satisfy the professional body requirements of the academic stage of training for Solicitors and Barristers.  Even those who have studied an LLB here will undertake a conversion course (to cover the required English law subjects) but with some exemptions and the possibility of distance learning and online formats.

For more information on training to become a solicitor through the English jurisdiction use the Careers Service webpages here.



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Webcast on (English) training contract applications

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Advocacy & presentation skills training

The Faculty of Advocates will hold an Advocacy and Presentational Skills Training Workshop on Monday 12 December 2016, and University Students are invited to take part. The aim of this workshop is to give those interested in a career in advocacy the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Bar, the Faculty and the work that advocates do.

Places are limited, and they will be offered to those that demonstrate a keen interest in advocacy.If you wish to take part, please complete the Application form below and return it to by 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 November ****please note the deadline has been extended****.



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Aspiring Solicitors Applications Workshop

The Commercial Law Society has asked me to post the following:

“Commercial Law Society Applications Workshop

Date: Monday, November 21st

Time: 6pm 

Location: David Hume Tower, LG.07

 The Commercial Law Society will be running an Applications Workshop with the aim of providing hints, tips and insight to students currently in the process of completing applications for open days, vacation schemes/placements and training contracts. The event will be held in David Hume Tower, LG 07. 

In collaboration with ‘Aspiring Solicitors’ the hints, tips and insights will be offered by students that have attended open days or secured interviews, vacation schemes and training contracts from leading law firms including Linklaters, Freshfields, Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance, CMS and Shepherd and Wedderburn!

 This event is an excellent opportunity to hear from students that have gone through many of these processes and get that extra edge for your application. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!”.


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Dickson Minto opportunities

Dickson Minto, Edinburgh and London based law firm,  has asked for the following to be circulated:

The Dickson Minto Commercial Law and Business Entities Prize

£1,000 CASH

The Partners of Dickson Minto are delighted to announce that this year they will sponsor a new academic prize.  It will be awarded to the student who attains the highest aggregate mark in Commercial Law and Business Entities and will be a cash prize of £1,000.

Dickson Minto is a boutique law firm specialising in corporate transactions, with offices in Edinburgh and London.  We are one of the top-rated corporate and commercial legal practices in the UK.

We are holding a careers insight evening on Wednesday, 15th February 2017 at our offices in Charlotte Square for which students in their second year of an LLB hons degree can apply for a place.  Further details on the format of the evening and how to apply will be publicised shortly.

Trainee recruitment is the backbone of our business – seven out of our last 10 partners joined the firm as trainees.  Students choose us because we guarantee London based training, we cover the Scots law Diploma in Professional Legal Practice fees and we provide a challenging and fun environment where hard work is rewarded.  We choose them because we take on only the top graduates and when we train the best, we want to keep hold of them.

We offer two traineeships designed to give graduates extensive legal experience – one focuses on corporate law and the other on commercial property.

We also offer summer internships which students can apply for during their third year of an LLB hons degree.  Internships are another route into our firm as all students who are with us over the summer will be considered for a future traineeship.  To find out more about Dickson Minto or career opportunities with us, please visit

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Commercial Law Society Mentorship Programme

Applications for the Commercial Law Society Mentorship Programme are now open and its committee has asked me to publish the following:

CLS helps to connect students with legal professionals through the  Mentorship Programme. Our mentors have a variety of backgrounds, including those practising in top City, Scottish and American firms, as well as academics. We have a wide range of international mentors from those based in London and Scotland, to those in Singapore and Hong Kong.

To apply, please send the following information to to by Friday October 14th.

–       Name,

–       E-mail,

–       Phone Number,

–       Programme of study,

–       Year of study, and

–       250-word statement as to what you hope to achieve from the Programme.

Applicants will then be invited to a short interview to help us better pair mentors with mentees.

For more information about the Programme, please visit

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Civil Service and legal firms

On 20 October the Civil Service is delivering an insider insight lecture covering the different streams, the application process, what life is like as fast streamer and as a Senior Civil Servant.

The event will consist of a series of small presentations:

  • A senior civil servant speaking about their career and opportunities available across the civil service for people joining the Fast Stream
  • A current Fast Streamer speaking about their experience of the scheme so far
  • An overview of the various schemes available and the application process
  • Opportunity for Q&A with the panel.

Book your place on MyCareerHub.

Lots of legal presentations coming up including Herbert Smith Freehills (tomorrow- 13 October) CMB Cameron McKenna (19 October) Slaughter and May (7 November) Linklaters (8 November) with some offering skills development sessions too. Check out events and opportunities on MyCareerHub.

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Scots Law Traineeships – closing dates approach

If you attended the Scots Law Fair last week then you are probably seeking a traineeship or a summer placement with one of the organisations that attended. Most were large commercial law firms and nearly every stand at the Fair was advertising traineeships to commence 2018; some had summer work experience opportunities too. This, increasingly, appears to be a way in to the scots law traineeship with some firms so you might find yourself applying for both routes.

Closing dates for these traineeships are coming up thick and fast – check out the law firms’ websites for details but a quick scan tells me that 7 October and 10 October are the closing dates for many.

You need to know the closing dates to keep you on track but some firms operate a rolling system where applications are open until they have enough and others operate closing dates but advise applying in advance of that date. The advice has to be to get applying now.

I have been advertising some extra appointments for feedback but remember that you can book appointments with any Careers Consultant using if you are seeking feedback on your applications. Appointments open for booking 48 hours in advance from 0800 each morning.

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