Undergraduate Law programmes have now introduced the Year in Industry, where students can now do a placement in the third year.
There are numerous benefits of doing a placement year :
> you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding of Law theory from your first two years at Royal Holloway to practical workplace situations.
> This will improve and develop skills and give an understanding of the day to day running of a company and managerial skills needed in Law/business.
Law Programmes including a Year in Industry:
BSc Criminology and Psychology
BSc Criminology and Sociology
LLB Law with Criminology
LLB Law with Sociology
We ran a launch introduction evening event in October for Year in Industry . Emily Howard, one of our current Management YIB student who returned from a very successful placement year at Microsoft did a talk about her placement. Emily spoke about how she had worked as a Mid-Market Sales intern focusing on Bing development and was enthusiastic about the opportunities offered by a placement year. This talk proved to be a great way to engage new Law students and to promote the success of doing a placement year.
We find that the legal profession is continually changing and evolving in response to business and economic needs, bringing new challenges and rewards. In w/c 13th November The Careers' team organised a Law week with a series of events which included presentation/ networking with Employers. This was open to both law students and non law students and it was great to also see many of the Year in Industry law students present.
>A Beginners Guide to Law presentations
- > Facebook Live Q&A Louise & Gemma, Careers Consultants for Royal Holloway School of Law were available to answer any questions relating to law and careers. Students are encouraged to interact early with the Careers team firstname.lastname@example.org
- > Spring board to Law part 1 - this was an interactive workshop organised by RHUL Law Society and the University of Law -essential preparation to kick start a career within Law. The workshop gave a key insight into what law firms are looking for and how students could make sure they had the skills to make them stand out from the crowd. A Springboard into Law Part 2 workshop took place the following week.
- > Law Networking evening was a great turn out and provided an excellent opportunity to meet with alumni working as lawyers, along with other representatives from the legal profession. Attendees were paralegals, solicitors, barristers and judges, all wanting to talk to new students. This was an evening to help students gain a unique insight into the profession, learn the secrets of their success and allowed students to gain useful contacts.
- > the thinking about a vacation scheme or training contract, this was a great opportunity to boost their chances of making a successful application. In the workshop, Alison Peyton from Aspiring Solicitors was talking about making applications for vacation schemes and training contracts and crucially, how to decide who to apply to.
Additionally over the term the Careers' Service have organised a series of workshops which have been valuable to Year in Industry students including CV/ Covering letter preparation, interview skills, Linkedin Days, summer internships.
In the second year there is a compulsory taught course for all Law students, regardless of pathway, which covers employability elements such as CVs, interviews, assessment centres. In addition one-to-one support is offered in the form of career guidance meetings and interview practice with a member of the Careers Service. More information on the Careers and Employability Service can be found here https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/students/jobs-careers/home.aspx
Thank you to all students for actively participating in Law launch session Year In Industry careers’ events. Keep checking Facebook and email for details of more events to help in your preparation for placement applications next year.