Careers & Employability
Opportunities for other CV enhancing activities
The Legal Society
The University of Liverpool’s Legal Society is a society for all law students. The Society is designed to promote and enhance student participation in University life, organizing a range of annual practitioner and social events, including the annual Law Ball. It also secures both current and future contacts between the Law School and solicitor firms, both locally and nationally.
The Bar Society
The Bar Society is an organisation at the University of Liverpool that assists students who are considering a career at the Bar or embarking upon the initial stages of becoming a barrister (e.g. making BPTC applications, applying to Inns of Court for membership, undertaking mini-pupillages etc.). It arranges the Annual Bar Evening in March each year at which practising barristers advise students on life as a barrister and securing pupillage. It also coordinates a popular annual mooting competition for all years, the grand finals of which are held in St. George’s Hall in the city centre and heard before practitioner judges and an audience of staff and students.
Student Pro Bono Society
The Student Pro Bono Society was established to work with the Law School to coordinate pro bono activities within the School and to promote student participation within the schemes we currently run. It also takes an active role in investigating potential new avenues for pro bono work
The Advocacy Society
The Advocacy Society was established in 2010/11. Its aim is to give students an insight into criminal and civil procedure through experience of advocacy. This takes the form of an annual ‘Introduction to Advocacy’ course at which academic staff and PGR (post-graduate researcher) members of the law school give a 1.5 hour lecture on legal procedure/advocacy techniques, give a demonstration of advocacy and set students an advocacy task in the form of a bail application (criminal advocacy) or an application for an interim injunction (civil advocacy). Students are given 2 weeks to prepare their advocacy submissions which are performed in front of a staff/PGR judge. Certificates are awarded to all participants. The society also seeks to put on ‘show’ advocacy events, such as mock trials, featuring practising members of the Bar.
The Law School runs a Peer Mentoring scheme for the new intake of students (‘Mentees’) each academic year (starting in September). The School will have, by this point, a number of continuing students (mainly 2nd but some 3rd year) who have volunteered to act as ‘Mentors’ to the new intake of student Mentees. The School Office will have allocated to you a student Mentor prior to your arrival and will indicate a specific time in Welcome Week for you to meet.
What is Peer Mentoring?
Mentoring aims to build up the confidence of the Mentee and encourage independence. The role of the mentor is not to counsel a mentee, nor is it to coach them. The role is to act as a facilitator of knowledge about the course and the university, perhaps even the city of Liverpool and local resources (doctors, shops, clubs etc). Information about important local resources such as health care is included below.
The role of the Peer Mentor is to offer practical help and advice, perhaps answering such questions as ‘where is the nearest launderette/doctor?’ to ‘what do I do if I want to change a module?’
How Peer Mentoring Works in Practice
Peer Mentors receive general training on a range of issues. It is important that you remember that Mentors are not expected to take the place of professional staff (both academic & administrative). There will always be someone available to help and support you. The Peer Mentoring relationship lasts only as long as you, the Mentee, feel it is helpful. There is also no set time commitment – typically Mentors and Mentees meet every two weeks for the first semester. This may or may not continue into the second semester. The meeting does not have to be formal – a 15-minute chat over a cup of coffee may be all that is needed.
Professional Mentoring Scheme
The Liverpool Law School has a successful Professional Mentoring Scheme. The Mentoring Scheme aims to help equip students with practical advice and relevant experience and skills appropriate for a demanding and competitive marketplace. The Mentors comprise members from the legal profession and related professions, including some from business for students interested in business careers. The School Careers and Employability Director and Student Experience team oversee the running and administration of the Professional Mentoring Scheme. The scheme is currently open to second year and final year direct entry students who have achieved good average first year marks and have a good attendance record. Many students have gained valuable advice and sometimes work placements from mentors who are solicitors, barristers, legal advisers or other related professionals. Some have gained employment indirectly out of the scheme.
Professional Mentoring v’s Peer Mentoring – the difference between the two schemes
Professional Mentoring is the scheme by which you are paired with a solicitor or barrister from outside of the University for professional guidance for your future career.
Peer Mentoring is the scheme by which you are paired with a 2nd or 3rd year University of Liverpool student for guidance regarding the university and your studies.
Placements and volunteering
In addition to the placement opportunities available through the University Careers service the Law School offers a number of exciting placement opportunities with international legal firms and companies with the opportunity to experience the legal environment by shadowing in-house lawyers.
Our students also complete placements with local law firms and, through our Streetlaw project, take on voluntary legal projects for community organisations.