What is CityLawLIVE?

The CityLawLIVE careers conference is for talented students (law and non-law) who want to learn more about how to build a fulfilling career as a solicitor in a City firm. It is timed, on 8 December 2017, to maximise the benefit to students intending to apply for 2018 vacation schemes.

The full-day programme is a mix of panel discussions, workshops and networking. Specifically, it offers:

  • advice on crafting excellent applications, shining at interview and forging a successful career;
  • exposure to, and insight from, some of the City’s most experienced recruiters and lawyers;
  • networking opportunities with those same recruiters and lawyers, and fellow delegates; and
  • participation in interactive firm-led workshops, which drill down into what it’s like to work in a particular practice area within a City firm.

While no two firms are identical, the sponsor firms at CityLawLIVE share a number of characteristics: they have offices around the world, usually with either London or the United States as their headquarters; they will offer a comprehensive range of commercial/corporate practice areas, but each is also likely to have its own strong suit; work will tend to be multi-jurisdictional matters for either UK or foreign-based corporate clients; and the likelihood of international secondment and work overseas is high, from your training contract onwards.

What are you looking for in a delegate?

In short, we are looking for the same things that most law firms are looking for – excellent academics, good work experience, an understanding of the importance of commerciality and self-knowledge when it comes to the reasons why you will make a successful lawyer. For a detailed breakdown of these elements and more, read this LCN Says blog post, which is crammed with information and tips.

Should I apply?

CityLawLIVE is best suited to those who have yet to start, or have recently started, making applications for training contracts. If you are a first or second-year law undergraduate or you are in the early stages of converting to law (or thinking about it) then this is a great event for you. Applications from law graduates and LPC students will also be considered.

Applicants should have a good academic record: a minimum of 2.1 and AAB at A level. If you do not meet these academic standards, mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. The conference is open to a maximum of 200 students.

How do I apply?

Complete the CityLawLIVE online application form here. Applications open in June 2017 and close on 29 October 2017, but we encourage you to apply before the deadline as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

For details on how to apply for NationalLawLIVE, CityLawLIVE’s sister event on Friday 1 December, please see the question below, “What is the difference between CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE?”.

What does it cost?

The delegate fee for CityLawLIVE is £29. This fee is subsidised heavily by our sponsor firms and covers, among other things, refreshments on the day.

Successful applicants will be asked to pay the delegate fee using our secure online payment system. This only becomes due after you have been notified that you have been offered a place. Once paid, the delegate fee cannot be refunded and the place is non-transferable.

If I applied for last year’s conference, should I apply again?

Attendance at our December 2016 conference does not preclude you from the December 2017 event; however, new applications will be given priority. If you were unsuccessful in your 2016 application, but you have gone on since then to get improved grades or experience, please feel free to apply again.

How will I know if I’ve been successful?

We will send you an email letting you know if you have secured a delegate place. At that point, we will give you clear instructions on how to accept your place, pay and select your two preferred workshops.

If selected, how should I prepare for the day?

In much the same way as you would prepare for a law fair, you need to do some advance research on the firms that will be in attendance. Look at their own websites, their details on LawCareers.Net, the legal press to get a sense of the types of firm they are, the type of law they focus on, the industries they represent and so on. Have a couple of good questions to ask the firm representatives you meet during networking breaks. Spend more time on those firms whose workshops you are attending and build in at least a bit of time to look at the practice area to be covered.

For more top tips on how to extract the most benefit from the day, read our “Making the most of your day” advice sheet.

Finally, make sure that you know exactly where you’re going on the day (County Hall - Westminster Bridge in London) and build in time for travel delays.

Will there be refreshments during the day?

Yes, lunch will be provided, as well as tea/coffee and biscuits during the morning and afternoon breaks. However, don’t forget that these periods are also scheduled to give you the chance to chat to firm representatives at their stands, so by all means refuel, but don’t spend all your time eating and drinking, and thus miss the chance to talk to your potential employers!

Should I mention attending CityLawLIVE on my vac scheme/training contract application forms?

Definitely! Firms recognise CityLawLIVE as a well-known, prestigious event. The fact that you have been selected from among hundreds of others to attend, based on your impressive grades, experience and stand-out application form, reflects well on you. You can also use it to talk about experience you have had interacting with firms and even to flatter a sponsor firm when you come to apply to them direct!

What is the difference between CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE?

NationalLawLIVE focuses on large law firms with a reach across the United Kingdom. Again, it is a one-day student conference made up of panel discussions, workshops and networking that looks at the economics of national firms, what they do and the life of lawyers working in this sort of business. It will be held in Manchester on Friday 1 December 2017.

There is a very similar format to both CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE, as you would expect, but in some places the emphasis will be different. Certainly, the sponsor firms are different in nature, for example in terms of size, international reach and emphasis on work/life balance. Having said that, many of their clients, practice areas and quality of work will be the same. This article elucidates some of the differences between regional and City firms. Rest assured, however, that when it comes to the two events themselves, both offer high-quality, targeted advice, delivered by experts in the field.

You are only able to apply for ONE LawLIVE event, so choose the one that best suits your particular career aims.

If we have not answered your question on this page, please email us at info@CityLawLIVE.com.

Is a fulfilling career at a national firm more your style? CityLawLIVE’s sister event, NationalLawLIVE, is for you.