One Essex Court – Women at the Commercial Bar Open Day (deadline 28 Feb)

One Essex Court is a leading set of barristers’ Chambers, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Their work embraces all aspects of domestic and international trade, commerce and finance.

Over the last few years, they have realised that fewer women than they would like are applying for a career at the commercial Bar, and in response have organised a series of events to encourage women to consider a career at the Bar. As part of this ongoing programme, we are offering an Open Day on 28 February 2019 to allow students to learn more about life at the commercial Bar for women. This builds on our 2017 Open Day, which was a very successful event, and the Panel Discussions we held in 2016 and 2018. 

The Open Day, which will be hosted by barristers and clerks from One Essex Court, will include talks and advice sessions, interactive activities and networking opportunities all aimed at providing students with an invaluable insight into the life and work of successful female commercial barristers. The event is open to women and men and to law and non-law students.

One Essex Court welcomes applications from students in any year of undergraduate or postgraduate study and any discipline. 

The application form can be downloaded from their website [here] and must be submitted by 28 January 2019. Consideration will be given to all applications received by that date and up to 40 successful applications will be selected. One Essex Court will notify successful applicants by email by 11 February 2019 and will reimburse reasonable travel expenses. A flyer for the event with a detailed programme for the day is attached.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joanne Huxley at  <>

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Discuss - Training Programme (deadline: 17 Feb)

Discuss is an exclusive training programme, sponsored by five top City firms and run by Rare, for brilliant students who are interested in City law. The programme is open to students from any discipline in their first year or second year of a four year course at any university. The programme is aimed at students from lower socioeconomic status groups. For example, students who have been in receipt of free schools meals or have experienced other forms of social disadvantage.

Competition for vacation scheme places is fiercer than ever. The application and interview processes are rigorous. Top law firms use a range of assessments including ability tests, case studies and one-on-one commercial awareness interviews. These assessments measure ability but inevitably, having confidence and social capital can give students an advantage. The programme aims to enable Discuss students to develop their enormous potential.

Participants receive individual support from our expert coaches including Cary Kochberg, former partner at Hogan Lovells; Melissa Andrewes, former Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance lawyer; Andrew Lilley, former managing partner of Travers Smith; Julianna Barnaby, former associate at Travers Smith and Carly Gilberg, former associate at Allen & Overy and Graduate Recruitment Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills. In these sessions, students will be challenged to enhance their knowledge of and ability to talk about complex commercial, economic and political issues in a confident manner. These sessions will prepare you, not just for the application and interview process, but for a successful career in commercial law. Participants will also attend a series of group sessions. The group sessions will take place at the offices of the five participating firms.

All travel expenses will be paid.The programme is very competitive and the grade requirements are strict. You will need AAB or equivalent at A-Level, or at least 34 IB points. We will take into account contextual information and mitigating circumstances. 

Interested students should apply between 14 January and 17 February 2019.

“How-to” Series: Mini-Pupillage

Applying to mini-pupillages can be daunting, especially when you don’t really understand what a mini-pupillage is, and you don’t really understand what is required of you. 

Use the guide attached below to help you understand the process of your mini-pupillage application,  along with a spreadsheet (in Excel and Google Spreadsheet format) on mini-pupillage applications and their timeline.

SOAS Bar Society Rose Heilbron Moot (deadline 18 Jan)

The SOAS Bar Society is pleased to announce the Rose Heilbron Moot 2019, a competition honouring the late Dame Rose Heilbron QC, an impressive woman of many ‘firsts’ in the law world, including first woman to sit at the Old Bailey, first woman to lead a murder case, and first woman to win a scholarship at Gray’s Inn. In honour of her, the SOAS Bar Society is organising the annual Rose Heilbron Moot. 

 The dates of the three rounds will be as follows: 

Monday the 28th of January; 

Monday the 4th of February; 

Monday the 18th of February (Final). 

 The Society is organising a range of inspiring people to judge you, in order to honour the legacy of the Moot’s namesake. 

 If you are interested in participating as a mooter, please send a CV and a short motivational statement to by Friday the 18th of January. We strongly encourage you to apply, as this is a one-of-a-kind competition unlike any moot you have previously encountered! 

 If you have any questions, please direct them to our email address, and we will be happy to answer any queries you might have.


Qualify as a U.S. Attorney with Barbri- Taster Session (14 Jan)

Monday, 14 January. 6-8pm.

In University of Liverpool London (33 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AG).

Did you know that you could study to take the U.S Bar exam right here in the UK via a flexible range of options? 

Whether you are intending to study to sit a U.S. Bar examination, or interested in studying U.S. law and practice to further your personal development you can join our BARBRI Taster Session. 

This event will give you the chance to ask us any questions relating to our programmes and the U.S. Bar examinations along with covering systematic problem solving. 

To have a first hand experience of the programme, please sign up here

For further information please contact the Barbri Campus Ambassador, Yelena Zagloul

King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong 2019 Vacation Clerkship Program (deadline: Jan 22)

King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong office has opened applications for our 2019 vacation clerkship program.  

Applications are online through our portal and the deadline is 22 January 2019.

A list of the principals of the firm may be obtained from our website:
King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong is a member firm of the King & Wood Mallesons network.
See for more information.

Opportunity for Law graduates or postgraduates students within the assets management industry

An excellent opportunity has come up for a law graduate or a postgraduate student to join MJ Hudson on a 6 month fixed term contract to assist the CEO with the production of a book, focusing on the asset management industry, in particular, investment funds.

There may be an option to be considered for a training contract with the Firm, on completion of the fixed term contract.  

If interested, please contact Emma-Louise Curley, Associate at People and Wellbeing at MJ Hudson and see this link for further information.

Volunteering opportunities in Greece with Advocates Abroad

Please find below a message from Jalal:

"I am currently taking a 1 year sabbatical and working on an informal education/community project for refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Greece with which I've been involved on and off for a number of years now. We have a community cafeteria in North Greece, and one of the services we facilitate is legal advice through an excellent organisation called Advocates Abroad. They send volunteers who are either qualified lawyers or law students to run drop-in clinics in our cafeteria as well as other locations in the region.

I know they are currently short of volunteers, and I thought I would get in touch in case you think some of your students might be interested in volunteering with them. The work is demanding, but doubtless provides a unique insight into the challenges stemming from current legal framework for asylum in Europe.

If you would like an introduction to somebody in Advocates Abroad to discuss further, just let me know and I'd be happy to oblige.

If there are students who are interested in working in our project in a teaching or community work capacity, feel free to put them in touch with me."

If you are interested, please contact Jalal on

PROFILEPIC.png Student Law Societies Awards (deadline 11 Jan 2019)

This academic year we hope that our society will take part in the LawCareers.Net Student Law Societies Awards. In order for this to happen, we need your support! Please complete this survey to nominate us:

Please note that every student law society member who submits a survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher. We need at least thirty submissions to be nominated, so please encourage your friends to complete the survey. 

The deadline for submissions of the survey is Friday, 11th January 2018. 

SOAS Law Ball (25 Jan 2019)

It's that time of year again! Get your ball gowns and suits out of your closet for the annual SOAS Law Ball. Held at an amazing location unlike any other, expect an evening of dancing, talking, eating and drinking! 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS (all tickets are the same price for law/non-law and SOAS/non-SOAS students): £24

Early Bird Tickets run out on the 9th of January 2019

Dress code: Black Tie.

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SOAS Connect

SOAS Connect is our brand new eMentoring platform which is designed to help connect SOAS Students and Alumni. 

This could be anything from a few emails or checking a CV/application, to meeting face to face or even offering work experience.

This also gives an opportunity for both students and alumni to connect with one another and have open discussions about the opportunities and questions that we all face once we graduate!

Students can sign up here:

Advocate call for Volunteers (Feb 4 - Jun 4)

Advocate is seeking 25 dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as Academic Year Casework Volunteers in the National Pro Bono Centre on Chancery Lane, London. The Casework Volunteer positions are for one day a week from 4th February to 3rd June 2019.

This Casework Volunteer position is a fantastic opportunity to obtain unique exposure to the Bar as a profession and to a wide range of areas of law. You will also learn a great deal about the needs of litigants in person. 

Closing date:            Midday Thursday 3rd January 2019

Interviews:                Week Commencing 14th January 2019

Start Date:                4th  February 2019

Training:                    28th and 30th January 2019

Requirements: You must have completed at least one year of law-related study or have one-year experience of law-related work experience. Voluntary sector and office experience is preferred but not essential.

Find more information on their website here. The Application Pack and Information Sheet can be found below. All Applications should be sent to:

SOAS Career Guidance


One-to-one careers advice on how to decide on a career path, how to sell yourself on paper and in person, and effective jobsearch strategies. Appointments are bookable from 10am on the day by coming into the Careers Zone (SL62) or by phoning 020 7898 4115. If you are unable to come in person for your appointment, please email
Please note: we cannot guarantee that you will see a particular Careers Consultant.   

Application Advice:

A drop-in session for CV, cover letter or application advice. Just come to the Careers Zone from 1-3pm Mon-Fri (term-time only). If you are unable to come in person for your appointment, please email
Please note: we cannot guarantee that you will see a particular Application Adviser.

The Life and Career of a Senior Criminal Law Barrister Seminar (Dec 3)

3rd December 2018, 5:430 at MB211

Sam Stein QC is a specialist Criminal Defence and Inquiry/Inquest Advocate. Sam has spent 30 years defending people before the Courts in all areas of criminal work and for many years Sam has taken part in campaign work leading him to represent people before Inquiries and Inquests. Sam has been a Governor of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and is the highest ranked advocacy trainer. 

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Westlaw Trainings (27th, 28th, 30th November)

Do you know how to reference your cases properly? 
Do you know how to find that perfect case for your essay?

Do you know how to access books, journals, and legislation with one click? 

If you answered no to any of these, come to one of the Westlaw training sessions this week! 

The dates available are:

27th November Tuesday 13-14 pm 

28th November Wednesday 13-14 pm

30th November Friday 12-13 pm

Sign up by emailing

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Call for writers for the SOAS Law Journal (deadline Nov 23)

The SOAS Law Journal welcomes submissions from graduate and professional contributors. This is your chance to officially publish one of your legal writings, on paper and online, through the name of a leading UK institution. 

In preparing your submission, please make note of our mandatory guidelines. These can be found at  Articles which do not comply with these guidelines may not be considered for publication. 

Procedural Guidelines:

1. We will not consider articles previously published or otherwise under consideration at other publications. 

2. Submissions are to be emailed to

3. Submissions must be accompanied by an Article submission cover sheet.

4. Submissions must be 5,000 - 10,000 words (excluding footnotes).

5. Citations must comply with the OSCOLA standard.

6. Deadline: Friday 23rd November 2018.

Our Selection Criteria

To our editors, the ideal article is well-researched, nuanced with context, and critically analyses contemporary legal issues. It will often include interdisciplinary and comparative research. Basic elements of our selection criteria follow below.

1.Content: The article must of a legal nature.

2.Academic Quality: The article must not be a repetition of existing works.

3.Readability: The article must be well structured and written in plain English. 

4. Referencing: Articles are diligently monitored for plagiarism. All work must be accurately referenced. 

 Do not hesitate to email the SOAS Law Journal Executive Board at for further information.

London Law Conference (Nov 24)

From 9:00 to 17:00, University College of London

 The SOAS Law Society is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the London Law Conference, the first ever student-run law conference held in London. 


Students from all years of study and degree backgrounds are encouraged to apply! 

 Brexit, legal-tech, blockchain... Do you want to know what these terms really mean and the impact they will have on the legal industry? Join us at the London Law Conference, where we will be discussing the 'Future of the Legal Industry'.

 Come and meet the most senior people in law, grow your network and increase your chances of securing a vacation scheme or training contract! 



This year’s PRESTIGIOUS AND INCREDIBLY SENIOR line-up will not disappoint! 

 To get things started we are delighted to announce…

·Paul Smith, Former Chairman & Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

·Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, Chairman of the Global Competition Practice, Linklaters

Stay tuned for more speaker reveals, more seniority is yet to come!



Find it difficult to distinguish Magic Circle over US law firm? This panel will help you understand the differences between law firms and broaden your understanding of the role of a trainee.



Legal-tech is the big buzzword within the legal industry, but what does it really mean? More importantly, how will it affect YOU in the future? Join our guest speaker, a former Associate at Freshfields, to find out more about his successful legal-tech start-up.



After learning all about a career in law, Allen & Overy will be running an Application Workshop, helping you understand what makes a perfect application. 


To apply please click here.

APPLY EARLY to avoid missing out on this unforgettable event - this Conference provides it with all, you do not want to miss it. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

 Stay tuned for more information on our Facebook page, such as newly unveiled speakers: 

 For any questions, please contact us at or on Facebook.