Birmingham Law Society is thrilled to announce the launch of one of our flagship initiatives, the Birmingham Law Society vacation scheme. Spearheaded by our President Alice Kinder, this programme is designed to provide valuable knowledge for students aspiring to join the legal profession. With the scheme, students will have the opportunity to gain insights into the profession, build their networks and develop valuable skills.
Alice commented “I am really excited to launch the vacation scheme. The aim of this is for students who are struggling to get legal work experience to gain a useful insight into the legal profession which they can refer to on their CV. The scheme consists of a series of online pre-recorded video sessions on soft skills for students to watch in their own time culminating in an in-person event, giving students the chance to meet one another and network.”
The vacation scheme extends to member law students and will include four video sessions during December – March. Students who would like to take part will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org at the beginning of each month (December, January, February and March) to ask for the latest video link. They will then be sent the video to watch in their own time alongside a form to fill out detailing when they watched the video and one piece of information they took away from that session.
December’s session is by Rebecca Mander, the founder and coach at Guruyou who will go through confidence and resilience. January’s session is with Peter Hill who appeared on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. He will be talking about first impressions and networking tips. February’s session is with Chrissie Wolfe, Solicitor and Founder of LAB Consultancy who will guide you through the SQE.
When the scheme comes to an end in March, students are required to send back their completed form and complete the final workshop from Browne Jacobson where they can access and obtain a certificate of completion.
There will be on opportunity for eligible students to attend an in-person session on Tuesday 23rd April, 10am – 1pm at Browne Jacobson’s Birmingham office where they can meet and network. The day will be run by both Higgs LLP and Browne Jacobson.
The video sessions are approximately one hour long so we encourage law students to email us and take part in this scheme. BLS is keen to support as many students as possible to access and progress in the legal profession, regardless of their background.