The Law School puts special emphasis on careers and "employability" skills. Careers advice is provided by a senior member of staff, Professor Chris Newdick, who is also a barrister. We have regular "careers workshops" in which practitioners (who are often Reading LL.B graduates) discuss what they do and how they got there, and "employability" and "commercial awareness" sessions in which employers engage students in practical exercises illuminating the environment they work in.
Students can also get practical working experience outside the Law School, and to have it count toward their degree. This happens, for example, through training to become a Citizens Advice Bureau, or Resolve advisor. Other "pro bono" opportunities include the Streetlaw project (working in local schools), Free Representation Unit, Amicus, Age Concern, working with young offenders, Witness Service, Thames Valley Police, the Death Penalty Project, the legal advice clinic at CommuniCare and the negotiation and mooting competitions. This offers unique insight and is fantastic experience.
On top of this, the University's Careers Advisory Service assists students with careers in, eg accountancy, journalism, financial services, the civil service and local government. It has developed a suite of software called "Destinations" in which students can to do a SWOT analysis for themselves (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats).
International Bar Association Student Internships
The International Bar Association (IBA) grants an internship to one of our law undergraduates for three months at their headquarters in London. This prestigious global organisation influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the profession world-wide. Only a very small number of internships are available and we are pleased that a Reading law student has such an opportunity.
The successful student will spend three months within the Human Rights Institute of the IBA and will be paid a small allowance. Students will have the opportunity to work on a number of different projects from training legal professionals to making representations to foreign governments concerning violations of human rights.
Law Careers Fair
The University of Reading was delighted to welcome a range of local and national law firms, educational institutions and information providers to the Law Careers Fair 2013. The event was a great success - with almost 300 student attendees visiting the 24 exhibitors. Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Shoosmiths commented: "Shoosmiths always enjoys the University of Reading Law Fair. We spoke to lots of really engaging students who were very interested in joining our team. We would definitely recommend attending.".