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The Times / One Essex Court Essay Competition

Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on 14/11/2018.

A chance to win £3,500 with The Times / One Essex Court essay competition.

The question for this year’s competition is:

“Brexit: A threat or an opportunity for UK lawyers and legal London?”

Please submit all entries by e-mail to (Microsoft Word format only), including your full name, contact details and a note of the educational institution you are registered with by Friday 30 November 2018. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held in March 2019.

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Oxford Brookes Law Fair 2018

Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on 14/11/2018.

Oxford Brookes Law Fair – Tuesday 20 November

When: Tuesday 20 November at 17:30-19:00.
Where: The Forum at the John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Ln, Oxford OX3 0BP

Any Oxford students considering a career in the law are warmly invited to the Oxford Brookes Law Fair, which will take place in the Forum at the John Henry Brookes Building on Tuesday 20 November at 17:30-19:00.

This year’s confirmed exhibitors include Cornwall Street Chambers and several solicitors’ firms, including Blake Morgan, Brethertons, Charles Russell Speechlys, Freeths, Kidwells, Knights, Penningtons Manches, Reeds, Royds Withy King and Shoosmiths. There will also be representatives from BPTC and LPC providers, including City Law School, University of Law, University of the West of England Law School, and Northumbria University.

If you would like to attend you will need to register here.

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Latest news on the new Solicitors Qualification Exam

Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on 14/11/2018.

The S.R.A ( Solicitors Regulation Authority) have just announced that the introduction of the new Solicitors Qualification Exam (S.Q.E) will now be in September 2021 – delayed a year from their initial plans.

You can read their press release and keep up to date with S.Q.E. news here

This announcement means that anyone who starts a law degree ( or GDL ) from September 2021 onwards will need to qualify under the new system.  Anyone who has already started their law degree, GDL or LPC before that date will be able to qualify under the transitional arrangements i.e. under either the old or new system.

Initial estimates for the cost of taking the S.Q.E. are between £3000 and £4500.

Meantime, keep your efforts focused on researching the role and the legal industry together with the firms and their opportunities for you.

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The Student Consultancy Hilary Term 2019 – apply now!

Blogged by Elleanor Thornton on 09/11/2018.

Consultancy Training in Hilary Term…

The Student Consultancy provides you with an exceptional insight into consultancy practice. Across a term, you will work in a team on a real-life business challenge for a client organisation.

Past students have worked with clients including: The Oxford Boat Race, Yellow Submarine, Belu Water, Eco Concierge, Eve, Happen, IBM, Minervation, Modern Art Oxford, Oxfam, Oxford Limited, OxHub, OxFizz, Oxford City Council, Oxford University Library Services, Pegasus Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre plus a range of start-ups.

… but it isn’t just about consulting!

The Student Consultancy can help you prove or improve a wide range of employability skills, some consultancy but also transferable skills including teamwork, communication, problem solving and business and customer awareness skills. These will be helpful in a huge range of future careers. Many of the students who take part actually do want to be a Management Consultant – which is great, but not a prerequisite! In other words, we don’t mind what you are studying as long as you have the right attitude and interest. Past TSC participants have ranged from 1st years to DPhils and from English to Economics students – with everything in between.

The Careers Service tries to match you to a client in a sector of interest – to provide experience for future applications. Whether you want a career in museums or marketing or an insight into IT or charities, The Student Consultancy can help.

Apply now

We run The Student Consultancy each term – and applications for the Hilary Term 2019 Student Consultancy are now open. We strongly advise applying as soon as you can, as the application window will close once we have a certain number of participants.

Apply now: “Student Consultancy Hilary Term 2019”.

For further information, and for mandatory assessment and training dates, please visit The Student Consultancy webpage.

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Laidlaw Scholars: your dream research project, anywhere in the world!

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 08/11/2018.

If you’re an undergraduate considering postgraduate study or a career in research, the Laidlaw programme can help you develop your leadership skills while spending time researching a project that you love. As a Laidlaw Scholar, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded research project of your own design at any institution worldwide, alongside practical leadership training which will help you manage your project, yourself and those around you.

See the Laidlaw Scholars Programme webpages for more information, and register your interest in the Laidlaw Programme on CareerConnect to make sure you don’t miss out on future Laidlaw updates. The closing date for applications will be Monday 7 January 2019.

Upcoming events to help you submit the best possible application:

Application support sessions:

Tuesday 13 November and Thursday 15 November, 14:00 – 16:00. Pre-booked one-to-one sessions where you can get personalised help with your application. To find all available sessions and book, search for ‘Laidlaw’ under the Events tab on CareerConnect.

Laidlaw information session:

Thursday 13 November 17:15 – 18:00. Find out how and why to apply to this exciting programme. No booking necessary. Find out more.

Laidlaw Leadership Lecture:

Friday 16 November, 17:15 – 19:00. Carolyn Downs (Chief Executive, Brent Council) will talk about Challenges of Governance: Leadership in the 21st Century. Book on CareerConnect.

All events at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road.

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