Aspiring lawyers who think they’ve got what it takes to make it in the legal profession can now put themselves to the test by taking The College of Law’s online Future Lawyers Challenge.
The innovative video-based quiz poses questions on a range of legal conundrums and puts participants into the mindset of a lawyer. They are asked to select which actions they would take from a list of options before receiving a score rating their awareness of the correct choices.
The quiz aims to encourage would-be legal eagles to start thinking like a lawyer and includes an ‘Ask the Expert’ option featuring video clips of legal professionals giving pointers on the legal aspects of the dilemmas raised.
The challenge is the latest fun addition to the College’s Future Lawyers Network website, which provides free resources to anyone thinking about a career in law including careers advice and discussion on the latest legal issues. Future Lawyers Network already has around 25,000 members and the challenge is an enjoyable, interactive way of experiencing its benefits before signing up.
Those keen to take the Future Lawyers Challenge can get into the competitive spirit by sharing their score with friends via Facebook and Twitter and entering it onto an online leaderboard.
An iPad and two runners-up prizes of Kindle e-readers are also up for grabs in a prize draw open to Future Lawyers Network members who successfully complete the challenge by June 30, 2013. Membership is free and simply involves students registering their details on the website.
Rachel Harris, Director of Employability at the College, said: “This is a fun way for anyone who thinks that a career in law might be for them to test their knowledge and gain insight into the kinds of issues that successful lawyers need to deal with on a day-to-day basis. We hope that they will also spend time discovering all of the other free resources that Future Lawyers Network has to offer such as our unique legal employability guide StEP plus regular articles and blogs analysing topical legal news and developments in legal education.”
The 10-step employability programme offers written advice and online workshops as well as practical activities and useful weblinks. Topics covered include understanding the legal market, researching legal recruiters, drafting CVs and application forms and preparing for interviews.
There is information on different areas of the law – what they cover, current issues – plus real-life case studies of College tutors, careers consultants and pro bono staff giving an insight into what the various areas are like in practice.
To take the Future Lawyers Challenge go to www.college-of-law.co.uk/futurelawyers/