TARGETjobs is all set to celebrate the tenth anniversary of City law for ethnic minorities, a two-day event that gives aspiring solicitors the chance to network with the best in the business.
The event, held this year on 11 & 12 and 13 & 14 June, will be attended by a diverse selection of City law firms, including magic circle, US and national firms. City law for ethnic minorities gives students from ethnic minority backgrounds the opportunity to engage with lawyers at all levels, from trainee to partner, and provides an insight into the day-to-day work of a City solicitor. Attendees take part in case studies, skills sessions, panel discussions and speed networking sessions – all designed to develop the competencies essential to a successful career in law. Here’s what some of last year’s attendees said about the day:
- ‘The experience with City law for ethnic minorities has been invaluable. By throwing us in the deep end in a friendly environment, I feel I have been able to explore options and situations which would otherwise be intimidating.’
- 'It was a highly informative opportunity that allowed me to gain a first-hand insight into the industry, gain the contacts of professionals and pick up invaluable networking skills!'
- ‘The event has really encouraged and motivated me to pursue a career in City law. I have learned an enormous amount and I have greater knowledge of what is expected from me and how to go about gaining a training contract or vacation scheme.’
Places are still available for this year’s event. If you need to prepare for upcoming training contract applications, or even if you have only just begun considering a law career, the two days are an opportunity to speak one to one with recruiters and associates from the likes of DLA Piper, CMS Cameron McKenna, Baker & McKenzie and Slaughter and May.
Who can apply?
- You must be from an ethnic minority background as detailed in the Census Report 2011.
- Ideally, you will be in the first year of a law degree or the second year of a non-law degree studying at university in the UK or Ireland. However, applications from all undergraduate students will be considered.
- You must be able to demonstrate academic excellence.
- Additional skills gained from extracurricular activities will be viewed favourably.
How to apply
Applications are now open via the online TARGETjobs Events application form. You will need to complete a short application form and attach a cover letter and your CV. Your cover letter should include your motivations for wanting to attend the event. If successful, you will then be invited to a short telephone interview.