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The Careers section of the Holdsworth Club is dedicated to making sure you receive the best support concerning your potential career paths. To do so, the Holdsworth Club will be hosting a number of events throughout the year in order to keep you informed of your options as well as providing you with the opportunities you need to boost your employability.

It is normal for some of you to be unsure of what you intend to do following your university years and the careers department aims to provide you with all the tools you need to make the right decision for your future and to pursue that armed with everything you need to know about succeeding. And for those of you who have known for some time what you wish to do, we aim to give you the support you need to achieve your goals. In addition this year we aim to try our best to better inform you of your options outside the legal profession and show you what your law degree can do for you elsewhere

Join Bright, a ground-breaking new careers network designed to give you the most up-to-date information about graduate recruitment opportunities (in law and beyond). Click here for more information.

Isaac Reaney (Careers Rep) careers@holdsworthclub.org

Membership

It’s the perfect time for new students at Birmingham Law School to be sorting their membership ready for the new term and all of the amazing events and opportunities to look forward to with the Holdsworth Club!

Membership includes more this year than it ever has, with free entry to one of the most infamous events of the year – LAID, as well as a host of goodies with your welcome pack, including a free copy of your First Year Photo, a free Holdsworth t-shirt, a free Holdsworth keyring and a load of items from a variety of law firms who are keener than ever to be involved with the most historic Law Society in the country, not to mention a copy of the Freshers Booklet and, for the first time, The Holdsworth Club’s – “Introduction to Legal Careers.”  And as ever, membership to the Holdsworth Club is for LIFE.

Undergraduates: £55

The easiest way to get your membership is on this website, by filling out the form provided and making payment through PayPal. Don’t forget to provide us with a passport sized photo for your membership card, either by post prior to your arrival, (along with a copy of your details,) or as soon as you arrive and collect your pack.

Postgraduates – £40

The best way for you to sort your membership and take advantage of the reduced price is by post. Follow the link provided to access the membership form and enter “POSTGRAD” as the PayPal reference. Note: You will still need to include your student number so that we can verify your Post-Grad status.  Then you can send your cheque (Do not send cash through the post) as well as a passport sized photo and a copy of your details to :

FAO: Andy Swarbrick, The Holdsworth Club, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Masters / GDL Students – £25

As one year students this enables a further discount. This can be used by entering “MASTERS/GDL” instead of the PayPal reference and following the same procedure as above. Again, your Student ID No. will be necessary to confirm your status as a Masters/GDL Student.

DLA Piper First Year Insight Day, Monday 20th June

DLA Piper know how difficult it is to get experience in any international law firms during your first year, so they are offering an open day just for first years where students will be able to come in and hear from partners and associates on what their area of law is actually like on a day to day basis and get a feel for life as a commercial solicitor. There will also be group exercises and an applications skills session to help with the daunting second year milk round ahead.

To apply please visit: www.dlapipergraduates.co.uk/events/insight-days/. Deadline for applications is Monday 30th May.

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As we know how difficult it is to get experience in any of the big law firms during your first year we are offering an open day just for first years where students will be able to come in and hear from partners and associates on what their area of law is actually like on a day to day basis and get a feel for life as a commercial solicitor. There will also be group exercises and an applications skills session to help with the daunting second year milk round ahead.

Gwyn Day: Training Graduates to Win Employment, Tuesday 8th February

The Bright Careers Network presents Gwyn Day – Training Graduates to Win Employment

Gwyn Day works with students in delivering interview, communication and soft skills training designed to maximise your potential when seeking placements at some of the largest firms. This is a unique opportunity to gain expert advice from a professional in recruitment training.

When: 18:30 – approx 20:00

Where: Staff House, Michael Tippet Room (top floor)

Places are strictly limited, to register please email Bright’s Campus Rep, Martin, at MFT952@bham.ac.uk.

Personal Injury Law Taster Session, Wednesday 2nd February

On Wednesday 2nd February, 10:00 – 14:30 there will be an interactive Personal Injury Taster session with Irwin Mitchell and The College of Law. The event will be held at the College of Law, Birmingham.

It will be a great opportunity to meet solicitors from Irwin Mitchell and experience a taste of life as a Personal Injury lawyer.

To sign up email Jenna at careers@holdsworthclub.org

Please note spaces are limited to 40 people.

Herbert Smith First Year Workshops

Herbert Smith LLP is running two two-day workshops exclusively for first year students. They are designed to give students an early insight into a career at an international law firm and will feature case studies, workshops, tips on how to apply to Herbert Smith, an opportunity to experience the type of work we do, as well as an overnight stay in London.

The dates for the workshops are 31 March – 1 April or 7 – 8 April 2011

Applications are currently open online so please visit our graduate recruitment website to apply.

The closing date is Monday 31 Janaury 2011.

Pinsent Masons Open Evening, Wednesday 19th January

Pinsent Masons would like to invite you to their Open Evening at their Birmingham office on January 19th, 5:30pm.

It is a very useful way for students to have the opportunity to speak to lawyers of all levels about the working life of a lawyer at Pinsent Masons. In addition, the evening will include a tour of the office as well as a number of group presentations and interactive workshops aimed at developing your skills as a commercial lawyer.

For further details and information on how to apply, please follow this link: Pinsent Masons Open Evening

Inside Buzz – get the latest legal insider information

The Holdsworth Club has partnered with Inside Buzz (www.insidebuzz.co.uk) to provide you with the latest insider information on top law firms. Inside Buzz puts a new spin on the way you research law firms, by providing quotes directly from 1,000s of current trainees and solicitors!

Click here to download the guide. It’s free and you will not have to enter your email or register:
http://www.insidebuzz.co.uk/download_law_guide.html?source=web

Best of luck with your applications and if you find the information useful, please don’t forget to mention Inside Buzz during your interviews.

The Student Law Conference, Friday 11th February

The inaugural Student Law Conference is sponsored by Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Herbert Smith, Linklaters and White & Case. It is a one day Conference aimed at law and non-law undergraduates and graduates thinking of taking the City law career path.

The Conference is the ideal platform to gain in-depth insight into the profession’s hottest topics and get plenty to talk about during interviews! (Plus the chance to learn what firms really want from those that set the standards: Graduate Recruitment Partners and Staff!)

For all the details of the event and how to apply, please visit www.studentlawconference.com