Tremough House

Tremough House Boardroom, the perfect setting for a talk on careers in Local Government

Enhancing Employability for Law Students on Cornwall Campus

After attending a panel discussion with new trainees at Michelmores in Exeter on Wednesday 17th October 2012, the Lyonesse Law Society has been working hard to organise sessions for its members, their first was an evening event regarding applying for vacation schemes and training contracts.  Elaine Munro-Lott, the resident Careers Advisor opened with an insightful presentation on how best to formulate a CV and application. Following this, two third year students, Hollie Turnock and Francesca Pole, shared their experiences of their vacation schemes over the past summer at Michelmores and Blake Lapthorn.

More recently, Maggie Hemsworth, the Legal Practitioners Course Manager and Director at Plymouth University visited campus to share information on the programme, which is a crucial part of training to become a Solicitor.  Alumni have also taken time from their busy timetables to return to Cornwall Campus and share their stories. Tijen Adams and Georgie Sefton, now studying the BPTC at Kaplan Law School, gave an excellent presentation for current students who aspire to be members of the Bar at Kaplan. More generally, they outlined the path that must be taken to attainting a career as a Barrister. The students thoroughly appreciated the time Tijen and Georgie dedicated to them, and found their stories encouraging and enlightening. 

In late November, a Panel Discussion titled ‘Making a difference locally: Careers in Local government and government agencies’ was held. The guest speakers were: Martin Williams, Zone Employment Engagement Manager for the Department for Work and Pensions; Isla Newcombe, Business Manager responsible for Graduate recruitment at Cornwall Council; Sue Patton, Sustainability and Low Carbon Adviser for the Cornwall Development Agency and Rebecca Lloyd King, Strategy and Policy Lead (Law) for Cornwall Council. They gave tips and advice for new graduates on building a career in local government and discussed the qualities a graduate needs to succeed and become more employable.

Currently we are finalising dates with the Freshfields Graduate Recruitment Representatives to offer their advice on applications and interview success. Also in the pipe line is a chance to participate in mock interviews with Ernst and Young. There is much more to come in the way of employability events for the Law students  in Cornwall campus, all aimed at promoting career options and developing transferrable skills. The Law School on Cornwall Campus will be creating graduates of the highest standards, both academically and in terms of employability.

Date: 17 December 2012