UWE’s Bristol Institute of Legal Practice held its annual law fair on Wednesday 28 November 2012.
The event, now in its third year, is steadily growing and this year attracted over 20 local and regional law firms as well as seven barristers’ Chambers as exhibitors. The exhibitors’ stands were again located in the actual LPC and BPTC teaching rooms, and this created the unusually direct atmosphere in which BILP students could meet the local employers, and vice versa. The fair was preceded by informative presentations of the LPC, BPTC and GDL courses to undergraduate students who are considering a career in the Law.
In the space of two and a half hours, around 250 BILP and UWE LLB students attended the presentations and fair. Bond Pearce’s recruitment manager Sam Lee commented on the sheer quantity and high quality of students attending: “many of our outstanding trainees joined us from BILP’s GDL/LPC courses, and if the motivation and calibre of students presenting at this year’s fair is anything to go by, this will continue in the future”.
Rickerbys’ head of recruitment, Maryann Neudegg, said: “it was a fabulous turnout and as with previous years, BILP’s students had done their research well, they knew of the firm and the type of work we undertake and of the particular achievements of our fee earners. All of the students we saw came prepared with good questions and were keen to learn how to make their application stand out from the crowd.” BILP is Rickerbys’ preferred provider of the GDL and LPC courses.
Dagmar Steffens, Head of the LPC at BILP and lead organiser of the fair, said: “this year’s fair has again been incredibly successful. This is due to the less formal environment in which it is held, its focus on UWE students, and last but not least the continued support of BILP by the local legal community. The latter is to no small part a result of the fact that UWE’s history of delivering professional law courses in Bristol spans decades, and Bristol’s legal community reflects this by way of the high number of UWE alumni currently practicing in the city’s law firms. Whenever I visit a firm in the city, there is always a number of BILP educated practitioners working there.”
UWE’s LPC also runs a work placement scheme in conjunction with its strategic partner, the Bristol Law Society. In 2012, all LPC students applying for a place on the scheme successfully undertook one to two week placements over Easter or Summer, and both BLS and BILP hope to continue building on this success by growing the scheme further in 2013. Firms interested in participating should contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first place.