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Careers support

Completing a postgraduate law qualification at Queen Mary can be an excellent way to consolidate and enhance your legal experience whether you intend to practise in your own country or to develop an international legal career. Senior practitioners and academics from leading law firms, chambers and other universities contribute on our programmes, providing excellent networking opportunities for our students.

 L-R -Nathalia Hadiprodjo (Indonesia) LLM in Public International Law, Sadaf Etemadi (UK), LLM in Human Rights Law and Helene Qvist Petersen (Denmark), LLM in Human Rights Law
(L-R -Nathalia Hadiprodjo (Indonesia) LLM in Public International Law, Sadaf Etemadi (UK), LLM in Human Rights Law and Helene Qvist Petersen (Denmark), LLM in Human Rights Law)

We have an extensive network of alumni with whom we continue to develop strong links in order to inform and advise our current students. QM Career service organise a number of events, featuring representatives from top UK and international law firms, to help you understand the legal job market and decide on your most appropriate career route after graduation. You will also be able to take advantage of a wide range of other careers events and services to gain more information about law and non-law careers and receive advice on job hunting and applications.

For more information about these events and services visit the QM Careers service website and Careers Brief our specialist legal careers website.

Careers support for LLM students

In addition to the numerous services provided to all Queen Mary students, Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise Centre organise a range of career sessions for LLM students. The sessions will provide:

  • Information on routes to practise law in the UK, including information about the Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme
  • Advice and information on immigration for overseas lawyers (provided by Queen Mary Advice & Counselling Service)
  • Awareness of the requirements and recruitment processes of international law firms who recruit LLM students
  • Advice on adapting your CV for a UK or international job market
  • Tips on how to perform successfully in UK job interviews
  • Insight into the skills and qualities required of UK and international lawyers and an understanding of how recruiters will assess them
  • Advice on how to use networking and social media in your career research and job hunting. 

These sessions will feature alumni and representatives of leading UK and international law firms and legal training providers. As well as these events Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise Centre provides dedicated one-to-one appointments for LLM students with a specialist law careers adviser to help you plan your career, develop an appropriate job hunting strategy, improve your CV and applications and prepare for job interviews.

Highlights from 2012-14 include:

  • Linklaters LLP: LLM Programmes at UK Law firms
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP: Interview Skills: An Employer’s view
  • CEO, International Compliance Association & Representative from the Bank of England: A Career in Compliance
  • Presenting Pitching and Influencing with Eversheds LLP
  • Linklaters LLP: Interview Techniques – an Employers view
  • Weil LLP: Mock Interview Sessions
  • Freshfields LLP: Mock Interview Sessions
  • Speakers from the EC Representation to UK
  • Representative from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Careers Evening
  • Separate presentations, CV workshop and interview skills given to dispute resolution students by Jepson Holt Consulting and Dentons LLP

Postgraduate Law Professional Mentoring

Professor Philip Rawlings
Professor Philip Rawlings

At CCLS we recognise that having a mentor can have a significant impact on a young lawyers, giving them first-hand insight into the working of companies and law firms and the opportunity to make more informed career choices. The mentors benefit too by interacting with students from other and complementary jurisdictions and by increasing their understanding of the expectations of students at the start of their career.

How it works: During the first semester, and prior to meeting, mentors and mentees are matched across a variety of specialist areas. Training for mentees is provided. Thereafter the pairs meet up or speak monthly. Mentors are asked to commit to give their mentee at least an hour a month. Law professionals share their experiences, and provide constructive advice and information to those entering the profession.

Our mentors come from all areas of the legal profession, ranging from current and former Lord Justices of Appeal to senior partners, sector heads and legal associates at leading firms, including Allen & Overy, Cooley LLP, eBay (UK) Ltd, The Walt Disney Company, Shell, Preiskel & Co, Promontory Financial Group, and others.

At the launch of the initiative, which was organised by the Postgraduate Law Professional Development Team, Professor Philip Rawlings, Deputy Head of CCLS, welcomed mentors and mentees alike and expressed the Centre’s pleasure at organising an initiative that, “…offers a chance for current leaders within the legal profession to reach out to the leaders of the future.”

Sahana Pal
Sahana Pal

Mentoring Participant Sahana Pal, an LLM in Intellectual Property Law 2015-16 student from India, was impressed when she met her mentor for the first time as he actively encouraged her to talk about her professional background and future career goals. “We had a very fruitful discussion - starting from practical advice on handling law firm applications to my LLM dissertation thesis. The fact that he was dealing in my subject area for the past 20 years also helped me to get some valuable insight into the "real deal", which I doubt I could have got from anywhere else.”

Postgraduate Law Professional Mentoring will be open for applications again in October 2016.

Internships

Since 2012, the School of Law has arranged for numerous unique work-experience opportunities for our Postgraduate Law students including:

  • Work-shadow The Hon. Justice Blair at the High Court
  • Work-shadow Sir Bernard Rix in the Court of Appeal when he was Lord Justice of Appeal
  • A summer internship with the United Nations (UNCTAD) Geneva
  • Summer work experience position with Edwards Wildman LLP in Insurance Law
  • A Summer internships with EDF Trading in their Indirect Tax Department
  • A summer internship with Preiskel & Co LLP
  • A Summer Work experience position with Stobbs & Co–IP/Patents Firm, Cambridge
  • A Summer internship with Promontory Financial Group Summer internships at the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
  • An arbitration internship at WilmerHale LLP
  • An arbitration internship at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • An internship with ICC Court of Arbitration
  • One research associate and two editing positions assisting Professor Julian Lew QC
  • Two month data protection internships with Promontory Financial Group for 2 students

Internship opportunity at the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (ICT Analysis section), Switzerland

Ngozi Onodugo, Nigeria (LLB, (Queen Mary), General LLM 2012-13) was selected to do a 3-month (June-August) internship with the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (ICT Analysis section) in Switzerland. She will be involved in projects and tasks related to E-commerce and Law Reform Programmes for developing countries.

“I am working with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); the ICT Analysis section on their e-Commerce and Law Reform Programme. The Programme helps developing countries understand the importance of ICT and the need for the establishment of effective legal frameworks on e-Commerce and ICT through capacity building activities.

“My role is to do research on the existing legal frameworks of developing countries which have approached UNCTAD for assistance and assist with the capacity building activities.

“Doing the LLM definitely helped with the internships – I probably would not have known about the internship if I wasn't on the programme. In addition, my dissertation (Title: Digital Convergence and Mobile Payments: A Critical Analysis of Mobile Payments Regulation in Nigeria), is in an area that is related to the work I am doing with UNCTAD. I came about the topic as a result of a comment made by my E-Commerce lecturer, Professor Chris Reed about mobile payments services in Nigeria which I did not realise existed before this. I therefore have some knowledge now of developments in the area of mobile commerce and this is assisting me in my research assignments here.”


Latest trends in technology and information policy at the Annenburg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute and taking on the fight against poverty – Advocates for International Development (A4ID) – 3 month internship 

Temitope Lawal, Nigeria (LLM in Computer and Communications Law, CCLS/University of Lagos Scholarship Winner)

Temitope was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Annenburg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute taking place at the University of Oxford. This 2-week summer programme brings together young scholars and regulators from around the world to discuss important trends in technology and its influence on information policy.

Temitope was also offered a 3-month internship with Advocates for International Development (A4ID), a global charity that believes that law should be used more effectively to eradicate global poverty. They do this by ensuring that legal support is available to those in the fight against poverty.

“The Global Media Law and Policy programme in Oxford gave me an excellent opportunity to learn more about media transition systems as well as issues regarding internet censorship and surveillance as they affect the exercise of the right to freedom of expression in different countries including Iran, Turkey, US, China, Brazil, UK, Myanmar, Sudan.

“With regards to the sort of work I do at A4ID, I work in the Brokerage Team which is responsible for linking up NGOs (our Development Partners) with lawyers (our Legal Partners) that are willing to offer free legal advice and assistance. Thus, my job entails preparing project summary forms and letters to our current and prospective Development Partners as well as Legal Partners.”


Summer internship for Queen Mary essay winner with Preis Summer internship for Queen Mary essay winner with Preiskel & Co LLP

Natália Porto Jardim, Brazil (LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner) was recently awarded the Preiskel & Co LLP essay competition, the prize being a summer internship with Preiskel – a boutique London law firm which specialises in UK and international corporate, commercial and regulatory matters.

“The good links that the university maintains with law firms allowed me to participate in an essay competition organized by Preiskel and Co. My essay ‘Developing Software Solutions Based on Open Source Code: Ownership Challenges’, examines strategies for developers to utilize software created based on open source code. I was very happy to win the prize which included an internship.

“The professional experience in an international law firm in London has certainly added great value to my Master’s degree. One of the great benefits of it is working closely with qualified lawyers from a range of different jurisdictions and having the opportunity to see UK legal work in practice, by drafting contracts and articles, participating in professional meetings, advising clients and carrying out research.”

British Institute of Human Rights – 3 summer internships for Queen Mary LLM students

“At the end of the year, we were successful in being awarded an internship at the British Institute of Human Rights, which is for Queen Mary students only. The internships have given us an invaluable opportunity for getting practical experience in the human rights field. At the moment we are participating in the planning of the 2013 Human Rights Tour, which is an event that takes place throughout the United Kingdom. Besides, we get to do additional human rights related research, prepare memorandums and write drafts for the newsletter. Furthermore, we get to participate in meetings, which is something we have very much enjoyed. We are very grateful that we as interns get so much responsibility and so many interesting tasks.”

Helene, Nathalia and Sadaf

Opportunities for LLM students interested gaining practical legal experience

qLegal - The small print for BIG ideas

qLegal was established in 2013 for LLM students to provide free legal and regulatory advisory services to early stage, start-up companies, primarily in the tech sector. High calibre postgraduate law students are selected and trained each year through the program. They are involved in a professional environment which allows students to learn and gain useful networking opportunities with potential clients or employers.

qLegal offers diverse services, through client advice sessions, workshops and the publication of online legal updates. The program also offers students an opportunity to take part in different outreach projects, such as teaching law in a local high school, working at the law tech start-up Lexoo and participation in exchange trips with partner universities through iLINC the European Network of legal clinics. To learn more about qLegal and apply to become a qLegal adviser, please visit the qLegal website and follow qLegal on Twitter.

Careers support for MSc Law and Finance students

Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise Centre provides a range of services to help you to develop your career. Book a one-to-one careers appointments for advice on identifying suitable career options and refining your job hunting, application and interview skills. The team runs over 100 employer events every year, from careers fairs to company presentations and networking evenings. Speakers include prominent UK and international employers as well as smaller specialists and local start-ups, giving you an insight into a wide range of career options. Look out for the Law Careers Programme during the first and second semester, which features over 40 firms and chambers, as well as the popular Focus on Finance programme early in the autumn, with speakers from banking, accountancy, insurance and other financial services. For an events listing, please browse the Careers and Enterprise events calendar.

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