This guest blog is by Sarah Pooley, Associate Professor at the University of Law and Dean of the University’s Guildford and Reading campuses. The University of Law will be attending the Autumn careers and placements fair on Wednesday 10 October on PATS field, as well as delivering a session on their Legal Practice Course tonight.
Can you tell us about the University of Law?
The University of Law is a long-established provider of legal education and training in the UK, with campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and Leeds, as well as at the Universities of Exeter, Liverpool and Reading. Previously The College of Law, it was granted university status in November 2012. The University has a suite of undergraduate degrees and business degrees. It also provide postgraduate professional training such as the Graduate Diploma in Law (the law conversion course), the Legal Practice Course (the programme which all prospective solicitors must complete) and the Bar Professional Training Course (the programme which all prospective barristers must complete).
What was your first job?
Having studied at The College of Law (now The University of Law) to become a solicitor, I first worked as a trainee solicitor at one of the so called Magic Circle law firms in the City of London
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
I would say that the highlight of my career was being made Dean of the Guildford campus. It was a real honour to be asked to lead the University’s longest-established campus. That said, it is very exciting to be involved in the establishment of a new campus at the University of Reading’s London Road campus.
How can students find out more about The University of Law and the opportunities you offer?
Students can find out more about The University of Law at the University of Surrey’s forthcoming Autumn Careers & Placements Fair which we are looking forward to attending. Students can also access a wealth of information on our website https://www.law.ac.uk/ or as, we are close neighbours of the University of Surrey, they could visit the Guildford campus which is situated on the Portsmouth Road!
What is your top tip for students to prepare for the fair?
I would advise that students find out which organisations will be at the fair. If any particularly interest them, then it is well worth doing some research so that they can seem genuinely interested in working for that organisation and can ask truly informed questions.
ECC Note: If you are interested in furthering your legal career, the University of Law are delivering a session on their Legal Practice course tonight. Book here.
To book your place at the Autumn Careers and Placements Fair please click here.