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33. Employability and careers  

This chapter highlights employability and career learning. The term ‘employability’ refers to the skills, attributes, and knowledge individuals need for successful careers. Many higher education institutions now include employability as an integral part of undergraduate courses. It may feel a little daunting to focus on employability while grappling with the demands of criminology studies, but both challenges can be tackled simultaneously. Developing an understanding of what employers are looking for will lead to more effective and targeted employability development, and taking the time to explore career options will result in better decision-making. The chapter introduces various tools and techniques to use to support employability development and career planning.

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17. CVs, applications, and interviews  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

Each year, over 18,000 students graduate with law degrees. Over 80 per cent of those will have attained either a First-class degree or a 2:1—and they will all be looking for jobs. The statistics reflect that the majority of those who have embarked on a legal career are able to demonstrate a high level of legal knowledge and academic attainment. To be successful in the job market, however, you need to stand out. This chapter covers the graduate careers employability process, looking at CVs, application forms, and interviews. Considering law firms and other graduate employers, it suggests ways of ensuring that applications and CVs best show a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and commercial awareness. It also provides guidance on approaching interviews, both face-to-face and online, and related selection activities, such as presentations, group work, and psychometric tests.

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16. CVs, applications, and interviews  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter covers the graduate careers employability process, looking at CVs, application forms, and interviews. Considering law firms and other graduate employers, it suggests ways of ensuring that applications and CVs best show a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and commercial awareness. It also provides guidance on approaching interviews and related selection activities, such as presentations, group work, and psychometric tests.

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16. Making yourself more employable  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter focuses on the many additional skills needed to embark on a successful career in practising law, skills over and above the skills that you will have acquired during your time at University. It discusses personal characteristics, including your attitude and approach to your work, professionalism and empathy; team-working and leadership skills; the importance of delegation; how to plan and conduct effective meetings; client care; networking; marketing; IT and technology skills; and the use of social media. Using topical case studies, it considers the meaning of commercial awareness: what it is, how to develop this and how this might be explored at interviews.

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15. Making yourself more employable  

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter focuses on the additional skills needed to embark on a career in practising law. It discusses personal characteristics; team-working; delegation; meetings; client care; networking; marketing; IT skills; and the use of social media. It also considers the meaning of commercial awareness and how this might be explored at interviews.

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Cover Legal Systems & Skills

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Catherine Shephard, and Peter Goodchild

Legal Systems & Skills provides essential knowledge and skills for underpinning legal studies, providing a foundation for graduate employability both within and outside the legal service profession. It develops students’ understanding in three core areas: legal systems, legal skills, and professional development and commercial awareness. The first part of the book looks at legal systems, sources of law, legislation, case law, and legal services and ethics. The next part considers, in the context of academia and practice, how to read and understand law, legal research, problem solving, oral communication and presentations, client interviews and meetings, negotiation and mediation, mooting, advocacy and criminal advocacy competitions, writing and drafting, and revision and assessment. The final part examines employability skills, commercial awareness, business, economics and finance, law firms, and clients.

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Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

Edited by Scott Slorach

Legal Systems & Skills provides essential knowledge and skills for underpinning legal studies, providing a foundation for graduate employability both within and outside the legal service profession. It develops students’' understanding in three core areas: legal systems, legal skills, and professional development and commercial awareness. The first part of the book looks at legal systems, sources of law, legislation, case law, and legal services and ethics. The next part considers, in the context of academia and practice, how to read and understand law, legal research, problem solving, oral communication and presentations, client interviews and meetings, negotiation and mediation, mooting, advocacy and criminal advocacy competitions, and writing and drafting. The final part examines employability skills, commercial awareness, business, economics and finance, law firms, and clients.