Scots Law Fair 21 September 2016

Want to know more about where your degree can take you? Attend the Scots Law Fair!

When: Wednesday 21st September, 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Where: Playfair Library, Old College

The Scots Law Fair offers everything you need to explore your next steps in Scots Law:

  • Chat to over 25 organisations offering traineeships and vacation work
  • Get information about the sector from the Law Society of Scotland
  • Attend a talk and get top tips on vacation work and applications
  • Get advice and explore your options with the Careers Service

The Scots Law Fair is open to all students considering a career in law. Download the Fair programme from MyCareerHub:

This event has been kindly sponsored by Pinsent Masons.

Talks at the fair

Don’t miss our two informative talks during the day in the Raeburn and Carstares Room.

2.00pm– Finding vacation work

3.00pm– Success with legal applications

Preparation in advance
If you would like advice on how to make the most of this event, please attend a Prepare for the Fair session:

Tuesday 20 September, 3.15pm – 3.45pm: David Hume Tower. 11.01
Also get top tips on how to impress potential employers by watching our “Prepare for the Fair” video

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Linklaters seeks UoE Brand Ambassador for 2016

Are you going into your penultimate year at university?

Whether you are a law or non-law students, Linklaters are on the lookout for Brand Ambassadors to represent them on campus this year, a fantastic foot in the door with the magic circle law firm.

If you are in your penultimate year and have an interest in commercial law, apply to be a Brand Ambassador at the University of Edinburgh before roles are filled!


Feel free to send your questions to or apply directly.



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Here Comes the Summer

light at endFor most of you, you’ve reached the end of another year. Exams are over and a lovely long break stretches ahead. Even Masters students beavering away on their dissertations can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you are sorted with internships, work experience, travel or work then you will be feeling positive and upbeat. But if you’ve got to this point and not sure what is coming next then don’t panic – take a read of the post below and see if some of it is useful to help you start to plan your next steps.

Come in to the Careers Service

  • The Service is open throughout the summer and you can drop in to the Third Floor main library centre and speak to one of our Information Advisers on the Helpdesk if you have an ad-hoc query. if you want to talk over your plans and discuss your way forward you can book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants. You don’t need to be on campus – we can arrange the appointment by Skype.
  • Give your CV an overhaul. A Careers Consultant can help you develop, re-package and refine your CV. Give yourself a head start by using our CV Resources
  • See our website for details of opening hours.

Build your online profile

  • One third of employers use social media to recruit. It’s unlikely that social media will replace traditional selection methods to shortlist (& reject!) candidates, but it does give you another platform to ‘sell yourself’. Application forms are pretty standard and don’t allow much room for creativity and individuality, so if you’re looking to stand out….
  • You can also harness social media to support your job search – Job Hunting and Social Media

Manage your job feeds and news alerts

  • Start with our own vacancies database on MyCareerHub. If you want to receive targeted news about graduate jobs, work experience and internships you can complete the preferences section to allow us to tailor the information to suit you.
  • Make use of established job portals like Milkround and TARGETjobs. They’ve got a wide reach and cover all the major sectors. If you’re still hoping to secure a graduate job this summer, then you can check their upcoming deadlines to see what’s available. Check out regional sources such as ScotGrad placements.
  • Have you subscribed to industry/sector news feeds? Are you following the right people (and companies) on Twitter….?

Develop your commerical awareness

  • All graduates are expected to have some of this! Commercial awareness is one of the Top 10 skills that’ll get you a job when you graduate.
  • Practical experience is best. Internships, work placements and volunteering can all expose you to the commerical realities of running a business or organisation. If you haven’t got any work experience lined up this summer try to find a part time job. It might not what you want long-term but you can learn a lot from working in shops, bars and call centres. Check out e4SJustJobs4Students to see what’s available in your area.

Do something different

  • business surfRecruiters are impressed by students who demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude. You’ve got some time- lucky you! – use it to stretch yourself and maybe have some fun at the same time. Cultivate a new interest, get some volunteering work, develop a skill,  start a blog or enrol on a free course – have a look at Future Learn or Open Learn.
  • Be prepared to have a go. It can be a real confidence boost to step outside of your comfort zone, and when it comes to job interviews, you’ll have plenty to say.
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Edinburgh Award- Work experience & volunteering (summer)

I attended the Edinburgh Award ceremony on Tuesday  at the Playfair library and was impressed by the fantastic achievement of our students,  particularly those on the Law Leaders and Legal Placements strands that I deliver with Rebecca Mackenzie of the Law School.

For those of you who are interested in securing the prestigious award, this time through your summer jobs or voluntary experience, here or abroad, remember the two schemes are now open for applications:

UK Work Experience and Volunteering (Summer)

International Work Experience and Volunteering (Summer)

Closing date for both schemes: Friday 13 May 2016.





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KPMG seeks law students

KPMG Company Presentation

I have recently been contacted by a member of KPMG’s Campus Team who is also a University of Edinburgh alumnus, having graduated from the LLB programme himself.  KPMG recruitment research has demonstrated that, over the past six years, the School of Law has consistently provided KPMG with high-calibre talent. Good news then that KPMG is delivering a company presentation next week.

KPMG says:

Did you know that there’s a wealth of graduate career opportunities in the professional services industry? If you’re considering your options and want to get the low-down on what professional services is all about then why not come along to our demystifying session? We’ll go back to basics and explain everything from what an audit is to what you could be doing as a business advisor. At KPMG we recruit students from all degree disciplines, so whether you’ve studied maths, microbiology or music, this session is for you!

Wednesday 16 March 2016


Lecture Theatre 183, Old College

This session is open to all undergraduates and masters students. No need to book – just turn up!

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Foreign & Commonwealth and EU Careers events

Insider Insight: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

22 February 6-7.30


This particular skills session will offer useful advice and guidance on how to apply for the Diplomatic Service fast stream and what you can expect from the process, including the assessment centre. You will also have the opportunity to hear from current diplomats about their experiences, and to ask questions about a Foreign Office career.

Session is open to British Nationals only. Students from any degree discipline at any stage in their academic career.

Insider Insight: EU Careers: Making an Application

8 March 6-8pm

Lecture Theatre 5, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton St, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

Speakers will be from:The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO); The Foreign and Commonwealth Office; The European Commission in Scotland; EU Parliament

For both events you must book a space via MyCareerHub:

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Crown Office and Law Commission opportunities – closing dates approaching

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Office is now offering Legal Traineeships commencing in the Summer/Autumn of 2017.   The Traineeship offers a wide range of experiences and opportunities within the public prosecution service in Scotland.

Closing date 17:00 on 15 February 2016.


The Scottish Law Commission is currently seeking a small number of legal assistants for fixed-term appointments of one year, starting 2016, to work on law reform projects.

Closing date Friday 19 February 2016.






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CareerConfident week 18/1/2016

CareerConfident is a week-long series of events hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s award-winning Careers Service, dedicated to giving you a head-start on your career journey and helping you develop the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.

The programme will cover everything from professionalism and workplace culture to developing your online presence for the job market:

  • Hear from employers, including the BBC, Ernst & Young, Frontline and Decathlon, about what skills they’re looking for in graduate employees
  • Talk to our careers consultants about how to pitch your career story to employers and how to effectively build your professional network
  • Discuss workplace Dos and Don’ts in our speaker session with recent graduates
  • Visit local employers in Edinburgh to gain an insight into different working environments
  • Learn how to use LinkedIn to enhance your professional online presence and get a free professional headshot to use on your profile

To sign up for these events, including securing a place at the Employer Open doors event, please follow the link below:

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Be the Law undergraduate of the year – and gain some work experience!

Law Undergraduate of the Year

WIN A place on Mayer Brown’s week Summer Vacation Scheme, a week of which will be spent in one of their international offices – either US or Asia – flights & accommodation included!

Don’t miss this exclusive chance to be amongst this year’s most employable students in the country. Set yourself apart and be the Law Undergraduate of the Year 2016!

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards celebrate the UK’s best undergraduates. It is the only undergraduate award in the UK and is widely recognised by graduate recruiters. The final shortlist of ten from each category are invited to the exclusive awards event in Canary Wharf, London on 22 April to network and dine with graduate recruiters before the winners are announced.

To enter you must be a law student at penultimate or finalist level.

Closing date is 28 January 2016

Learn more and enter at

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Scottish Legal Work Experience

Many of the firms who attended the September Scots Law Fair in the Playfair Library offer opportunities for legal work experience. If you are an undergraduate students this is a good way of sussing out whether a law career is really for you. Most of the legal firms that offer structured work experience target third year LLB students (or first year of the graduate LLB). Firms that definitely offer a structured scheme and their closing date for application include: HBJ Gateley (31 December 2015) Brodies (11 January 2016) Turcan Connell (14 January 2016) DWF (15 January 2016) Burness Paul (17 January 2016)  CMS (31 January 2016) Dickson Minto (31 January 2016) Brodies (11 January 2016) DLA Piper (17 February 2016) Stronachs (31 March 2016) Shoosmiths (31 January – Spring work experience; 28 February – Summer). Some others have not yet made it clear when or if they will be offering summer work experience.

Of course, work experience is not only possible at these commercial firms. If you are interested in working for a particular firm, find out whether work experience s something routinely offered. if not, would it be worth approaching them speculatively? If you would like to talk through your strategy then make an appointment at the Careers Service.

The commercial firms’ deadlines mean you might be working on your applications during the Christmas break. You might find questions like ‘Describe a time when you worked in a team’, ‘when your communication skills contributed to the success of an event’ or ‘when you solved a difficult  problem’. These are competency based questions which legal firms often ask, seeking evidence of particular skills or ‘competencies’ alongside leadership and commercial awareness.

The main reason for coming unstuck with these questions is to be too descriptive, with little or no analysis.

Remember the STAR mnemonic!

  • S – a brief description of the Situation
  • T – outline the Task to be done
  • A – talk through the Action you took
  • R – what was the Result of your actions

For help, read our Applications booklet online, or pick up a copy at the Careers Service

Find out more on applications and interviews via our web resources (advice, downloads and videos), or call in and browse our information resources.

In addition, I will be running a Career Conversation on Scottish legal work experience on Friday 8 January – look out for it being advertised via MyCareerHub and book a slot to take part.



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