Linklaters law firm – this Monday – sign up now

Linklaters will be hosting a mock assessment centre and employer presentation on Monday, 9 November 2015 at The Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian (West End, Princes Street).

If you would like to get an insight on the selection process, practise a brief psychometric test and get some useful tips on interviews and applications, please come along. Linklaters will also host an employer presentation and networking reception in the evening which includes a Q&A panel discussion with Linklaters representatives and a member of the graduate recruitment team.

Linklaters’ vacancies are currently open and this is an excellent opportunity for you to find out more about the firm, culture, selection process, working in London and what is sought in candidates.

The agenda is as follows:

16:00  Mock Assessment Centre
18:00  Break or arrival/registration
18:30  Presentation starts
19:00  Q&A panel discussion
19:30  Networking reception
20:30  Close

You may sign up for all or just one of the sessions. Drinks and canapés will be provided in the evening. If you require any assistance on the day or if you have any dietary requirements, please let Linklaters know.

This event is open to both undergraduates and postgraduate taught students of any discipline.

To book your space sign up here:

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 Are you studying science, technology, engineering, electronics or maths and interested in how your skills could be used in a legal career?

 If so, we would like to invite you to apply to join our Intellectual Property (IP) Open Day at our London Offices.

 The day will include an introduction to IP Law (the law protecting inventions, technology, media and creative work) followed by case studies and practical workshops illustrating the valuable role of scientifically and technically qualified lawyers in the work we do for clients as one of the world’s largest law firms with a specialist global IP team.

So don’t just experience everything, be a part of it.

 To apply please email your CV and a brief cover letter explaining why you’re interested in IP (with ‘IP Open Day’ as the subject) to by the 13 November, 2015.


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Dine with Baker & Mackenzie next Thursday?

Thursday 22 October 7pm – 10pm Tiger Lily, Edinburgh Join Baker & McKenzie on Thursday 22 October at Tigerlily on George Street, where we will be holding a drinks reception followed by a three-course dinner. The dinner will provide you with an excellent opportunity to find out more about working for a leading global law firm and talk informally to our Associates, Trainees and Graduate Recruitment team. We would really like to meet law and non-law students. If you are interested in attending this event please email a copy of your CV and a brief cover note explaining your reasons for wanting to meet us to with ‘Edinburgh Dinner ‘ in the subject header by 19 October. We will notify you if successful.

Visit to find out more about graduate career opportunities

Information on this event can also be viewed on MyCareerHub.

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If you attended the Scots Law Fair last month 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 2017  and many 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 9 October- this Friday- is the closing date for many with some others the following Monday (11 October).

You need to know the closing dates to keep you on track but many firms tell me that they start looking at applications as they come in and some even advise you not to wait but to apply well in advance of the closing date. No pressure!

Scottish Government Legal Services for Scotland hasn’t opened yet (I was told to expect notification of opening this month) and other public sector, other sectors or smaller firms do not advertise so far in advance – keep checking your favoured sectors.

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Fairs Flyer_Page_1Careers Fair Third Day Flyer 2015

What ever stage you’re at in your university life, you should come along to the Careers Fairs. Do your research before hand as there are different employers and different types  of employers on the different days. Note that 14 law firms are coming on day one – Monday 5 October! Explore who’ll be there via Careers Fair 2015 and Careers Fair Third Day .

Look forward to seeing you there!


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Prepare for the Fair!

Planning to come along to the Careers Fair running across three days on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October?  Thinking about graduate jobs and internships?

OK – people don’t walk away from Careers Fairs with a definite job offer in their pocket, but you can significantly increase your chances of a job offer later down the line because of how you act at the Fair.

Did you know?

  • Every employer there will have graduate vacancies and/or internship opportunities
  • Most employer representatives on the stands will make a note of the names of impressive students and ask recruitment teams to look out for an application from that person.


  •  Employers consistently tell us that most people attending Fairs are unprepared and not impressing them.

So, we are running an  informal sessions in the George square area  on preparing for and getting the most out of the Fair.  If you are going to go to the Fair, make it a worthwhile use of your time!


Thursday 1 October, 1310 – 1340, DHT, Lecture Hall B

No booking required.

Really hope to see lots of you there.

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Scots Law Fair – Thursday this week!

The Scots Law Fair : Thursday 24 September, Playfair library, 1-4pm.

It will mostly represent the larger Scottish commercial law firms which have upcoming traineeship closing dates, usually for starting 2017, plus a variety of other organisations which can provide information about working in the Scottish legal profession. Closing dates are fast approaching – the bulk are in early October  – so get along and make contact with firms.

Although all students are welcome to attend, this event is most relevant for students currently studying in the School of Law. I have been out and about speaking to various law group this week and would particularly encourage the following groups of students to attend:

Final year LLB students and diploma students interested in applying for commercial-related traineeship or finding out about other areas of the legal profession.

Penultimate year LLB students exploring options for vacation work.

First and second year LLB students who want to get a head start. Getting a feel for work in different areas of the legal profession, and the different law firms, will help you make decisions about areas of work to apply for in the future.

All law students should take this opportunity to meet representatives of many firms all in one place. You can gain vital information to make the most of your applications and ensure you are well informed to make the right decisions for your future.

Talks at the Fair – Raeburn Room, Playfair library:

2.00pm – Finding vacation work

3.00pm- Success with legal applications

More information on organisations attending the Fair available on MyCareerHub

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It’s September 2015 – Welcome to Law Careers @ Edinburgh Blog!


A warm welcome to all new students who are joining the University community this week, and of course an equally warm welcome to students returning next week. Brace yourselves – there is lots on this semester and I will keep you up to date with news and activities through this blog, so keep checking in.

Log in to MyCareerHub through the Careers Service website using your EASE login details. Here you will find relevant job vacancies (including summer work experience, internships and part time alongside graduate jobs), be able to book appointments with me or another Consultant, find out about our career fairs, discover which employers are coming on to campus,  and which firms and organisations are giving  presentations and book yourself into talks workshops and events …. all in one place.

I will be out and about speaking to lots of you this week. Next week, Thursday 24th September it’s the Scots Law Fair. I’ll keep you posted on all events and activity- both legal and other opportunities.

It’s going to be busy, so get organised!

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Penultimate year students – become a Linklaters brand ambassador!

An ‘Insider News’ item will shortly be published on MyCareerHub detailing a recent visit to Linklaters- a global commercial law firm – but there is a closing date of Monday 29 June for this opportunity  to become a brand ambassador and get a great addition to your CV (as well as lots of other lovely perks!). Here’s what Linklaters say:

Each year, we work with brand ambassadors across a range of universities in the UK and Ireland. Our brand ambassadors are typically in their second year of an undergraduate degree and have an interest in commercial law. If you are interested in this role, it is a part time commitment alongside your studies. As well as being paid for your time, there are additional benefits including exposure to professional contacts at Linklaters and training days at the firm. You will even be fast tracked if you make a vacation scheme application.

We currently have brand ambassadors at the following universities:

Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, SOAS, Southampton, Trinity College Dublin, UCL, Warwick and York.

Look for details of your brand ambassador and further information on Facebook and Twitter by searching for “Linklaters at [University]”.

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English law training contracts – deadline approaching!

Don’t forget the deadline for most English training contracts is July 31st however some are before this. The Lex 100 have put together a list of deadlines for large law firms – click on this link to view the table.  The list includes firms that are recruiting for this year and next, as well as those that follow the traditional two-years-in-advance schedule. The 2 years in advance allows you satisfy requirements 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 English law) 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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