My first day on the programme
Our first day of training was dedicated to getting an insight into the practical side of law – the skills and knowledge we need, as well as how we might start building networks in the legal profession even during our time at university. It was immediately clear that the CSH team were ready to drop us into the deep end in order to provide us with an idea of what prestigious law firms expect from us. This is exactly what we needed!
City Solicitors Horizons students complete a three day residential training event
Following the successful launch of City Solicitors Horizons, the first cohort of 50 City Solicitors Horizons students attended three-day residential training in June/July 2016 as part of the scheme. The three training days were hosted by leading City law firms Macfarlanes, Baker & McKenzie and Addleshaw Goddard on June 28th, July 7th and July 8th respectively.
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Launching our City Solicitors Horizons Programme
SEO London is proud to announce the launch of the City Solicitors Horizons (CSH) programme - a pilot social mobility initiative to improve access to the legal profession for first year undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme’s sponsors include the City of London Solicitors’ Company, City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET), The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF), the City of London Law Society (CLLS) and 18 leading City law firms.
It is a great opportunity for any first year student looking to pursue a career in law. Candidates who are accepted onto the CSH programme will benefit from comprehensive classroom and one-to-one training sessions, personal mentoring from experienced lawyers, and work experience placements with sponsoring firms.
Candidates must study in participating universities in London and the south east of England. Detailed information about the programme and a list of participating universities can be found here: http://www.citysolicitorshorizons.org/faqs.html
Applications are screened on a rolling basis and places will be confirmed in May 2016. Candidates are encouraged to apply to the CSH programme as soon as possible.
Following our welcome, we were tasked with completing a commercial awareness quiz that asked a variety of questions revolving around Brexit, developments in international business and recent political events. This really set the tone for the sort of depth of knowledge CSH wanted to help us develop.
City Solicitors Horizons Logo Competition
CSH Logo Competition has officially begun! Start getting creative and submit your logo design to CSH for a chance to win an amazing prize! So don't miss the chance to have one of your own designs become the official CSH logo! Check out this poster for more information. We're looking forward to seeing your logo designs!
Training, mentoring and work experience to improve access to the legal profession for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
The training covered a wide range of topics to help students develop their industry knowledge, commercial awareness and the relevant employability skills (both technical and soft) that leading law firms will expect from future vacation scheme and training contract applicants.
The training was delivered by SEO London staff (including qualified solicitors), third party training experts, and volunteers from sponsor law firms. Students were also given the opportunity to network with participating firm representatives (including lawyers mentoring for City Solicitors Horizons) during lunch. The consistent priority was to ensure the training was as interactive as possible to maintain engagement and ensure training materials were effectively covered. The feedback received from students on the delivery and contents of the different training days was very positive.
City Solicitors Horizons
Hear what it's like to attend a CSH training day from Joshua Killalea, who provides a personal insight into the CSH programme and the 27th February event.
by Joshua Killalea
Why I’d recommend the CSH programme
I applied for the CSH programme because I wanted to make new contacts in the legal field. I also felt I needed more of an understanding of exactly how law firms operate. Fortunately, as time went on, I realised the programme is so much more than that.
In the afternoon we had the opportunity to hear from Anthony Van Hoffen of Eversheds Sutherland, a real estate partner of the firm, and from Samuel Thampapillai, who is an associate at Eversheds Sutherland and works in litigation. We also had the chance to network with a variety of solicitors during lunch, all of whom were visiting from firms across London.
This experience exposed me to the realities of working in a city law firm. We learnt exactly what departments are involved with a large scale real estate deal for example, as well as various aspects of litigation and how we can develop ourselves if we wish to work in this area in the future.
The alumni panel at the end of the day was inspirational. Each of the SEO alumni held training contracts with top city firms and they were incredibly descriptive about their experiences during the application process and interview. This was one of the most useful sections of the day, as each of us were able to gain a better understanding of exactly what it takes to become what we all aspired to be. Solicitors.
Overall, the entire workshop was incredibly informative. I feel better equipped and prepared to start building my career. I would recommend the programme even after the first day, and I look forward to my future with CSH.
29th June 2017,
Vacation Scheme applications: How to make your summer work for you
By Meredith Hughes
Now is the time to start preparing to write your vacation scheme application ahead of the 2017-2018 academic year. Once the autumn term starts, things will get very busy with your studies and university life and it may become difficult to find time to fit in writing your applications. So here’s a list of things to consider, research, and work on over the summer so that when the autumn term comes, you’re as ready as you can be to get your applications sent in!
-What type of firms are you interested in?
-Which schemes are you eligible for?
-What will you need to do in your application? (i.e. is it a cover letter or an application form? Will you have to do psychometric testing? Will there be a video interview after the application stage?)
-Who are the firm’s biggest clients?
-What big deals has the firm been working on?
-Where are their offices? Have they opened any new offices?
-Which current affairs stories are relevant to the firm, and how might they be interacting with these stories?
-What is the firm’s business development plan? (i.e. expanding offices/jurisdictions, growing certain practice areas, rebranding etc.?
Practise psychometric testing
-There are loads of free resources online – find them and use them!
-Read up on what the test is looking for – understanding the test will help you know how to answer the questions
-The more you practise the better you will get (trust me!)
Preparing application/interview answers
-Most applications will ask some variety of these two questions, so start thinking about them now:
-For interviews: prepare the questions YOU want to ask your interviewer
Get in front of the firms:
-Work out when there are open days that you can attend
-Will the firms you are interested in be going to your university’s law fair?Prepare the questions you want to ask them – ask personal and interesting questions that show you have done your research on their firm
-Note down the names of people you’ve spoken to – you can use them in your applications to say something along the lines of ‘I’m really interested in Firm X because Person Y told me about their experience Z at the firm’
Be aware that some firms won’t have updated their graduate recruitment pages yet for the new academic cycle (2017-2018). You may have to wait a few months for some of the information mentioned above to be available.