Latest News and Events - February 2014
Legal event connects students with employers
School of Law alumni and students joined a range of law firms recently for a professional networking evening designed to give students the opportunity to connect with successful LJMU graduates and develop their professional network.
Representatives from LJMU encouraged alumni to contribute to the student experience by participating in the World of Work Programme – being a guest speaker, setting case studies, offering placements and internships.
LJMU’s School of Law then highlighted how it is increasing employability skills through academic studies and a diverse range of extra-curricular activities including a strong link with Inner Temple, London, a new partnership with Merseyside Welfare Rights and the Pro Bono Law Clinic (being launched later this year).
In addition, Jon Atkinson from Scatchards Wine Merchants delivered a wine tasting session and teams competed to recognise a selection of wines in a blind wine tasting competition.
The winners (pictured left to right) were Michael Hardy, Abigail Chapman, Tom Riley and Abhishek Lalji.
Alison Lui, School of Law commented:
"This interactive event is a successful example of staff and students working together as one university. I am pleased that the students enjoyed the wine-tasting aspect of the night. More importantly, the interaction between students and alumni was excellent. Students obtained valuable advice from LJMU alumni in relation to employability and career options. It is important that students are provided with a range of opportunities before deciding on a career. The wine-tasting event fulfilled this aim. Finally, it was nice to see some of my students returning as alumni at the event."
Abigail Chapman, Vice-President of the Student Law Society said:
"It was a very enjoyable and successful night. Alison and Alumni Relations invited professionals that were not only specific to our subject field but also helpful and the alumni were very inspiring. I loved wine night, it made networking seem less formal, more light and fun. I strongly recommend that this event happens again."
Tom Riley, School of Law undergraduate added:
"The alumni wine-tasting event was a real treat to attend. A chance to create new contacts and network with the School of Law alumni was a privilege, which I and many other students seized upon. The Law School of Liverpool John Moores University present great opportunities for their students and I hope in the future they can carry on presenting these fantastic opportunities."
Michael Hardy, another Law student remarked:
"The wine tasting event was an excellent opportunity to network with external professionals and liaise with other students and staff. The importance of the event in terms of making contacts and getting to know your tutors can not be underestimated. I will definitely be returning as an alumnus to this worthwhile and fun event."
For further information about alumni engagement events contact Mark Williams (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0151 231 3370)
LJMU’s Student Law Society hosted a legal professional evening at Liverpool Racquet Club, where students from the School of Law met with professionals from across Liverpool.
The event, held for the fifth year running was organised by the society’s vocational events organiser, Stephanie Chen. Eighty guests attended - undergraduate students, barristers and lawyers (including LJMU alumni), police officers and district judge Richard Clancey.
Following a reception where students and professionals had the opportunity to network, a number of practitioners gave talks focusing on the journeys of the professionals, their careers and tips and advice for our students.
Matthew Stockwell, a barrister at St Johns Buildings Chambers and LJMU alumnus gave a talk about becoming a barrister. James Clarke, LJMU graduate, solicitor and partner at Brabners talked about working for the leading Liverpool law firm and his journey since graduating from the School of Law.
David Birrell, a barrister from Exchange Chambers shared his perspective on the profession and life on the criminal bar. Dominik Leeson presented a talk which took a different angle on how legal graduates can utilise their skills in the Civil Service and applying to join the European Fast Stream Programme.
Talking about the event, Stephanie said:
"The evening was really well attended, and our stand-out speaker was Dominik, who converted even the lawyers to consider a career in the Civil Service.
"This year there was a revamp following feedback from previous years. A smaller number of speakers meant that students had more time to engage with the professionals on a more personal basis, something which was a huge success this year.
"It was refreshing to bring in a number of new and different faces to ensure the network of professionals that we work with continues to grow."
LJMU staff and students wish to extend their thanks to The Racquet Club which has continued to support the event. Stephanie added:
"The Racquet Club is the perfect venue for the evening, catering for the different stages of the night. On behalf of the Student Law Society I would like to thank the lecturers and professionals who attended as the Legal Professional Evening would not be complete without the support of the local judiciary and legal professionals. We thank them for giving up their time to come and talk to the students, providing a real insight into their journey and work."
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