SOAS Advocacy Society - Mooting Competition 2018

We are excited to announce that applications for the SOAS Advocacy Society's first ever mooting competition are now open! The competition is sponsored by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting and the final will be held at the Supreme Court as judged by Lord Carnwath. 

Applications are open to law students at any stage of their studies at SOAS. You can sign up either through our Registration Form or via an email to with a 100-word motivational statement and your CV. 

We are extending the application deadline to 7 PM on Monday 15th January 2018. Match-ups, team allocation and the mooting problem will be released by 12 PM on Tuesday 16th January. 

The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the school of law. Applications can be made either through our Registration Form or via an email to with a 100-word motivational statement and your CV. 

The rounds will proceed as scheduled between 4 – 6 PM on the following days:

·         Friday 26th January                          Quarter Final; 
·         Monday 5th February                      Semi Final; and
·         Wednesday 21st February             Finals

The prizes on offer include: 

Winning team - £200 each
Runners up - £150 each
Best Advocate - £150

The three attachments below include an invitation letter detailing the basics of what the competition offers, a competition handbook detailing procedural intricacies, and a flyer for the graphically minded. This is a unique opportunity given the exposure offered and we look forward to seeing you make the most of it. Please feel free to email us with any queries you may have.


Jones Day Negotiation Competition: Registration Open

We are excited to announce the first SOAS – Jones Day Negotiation Competition!

The SOAS – Jones Day Negotiation Competition is a simulation of real-life legal negotiations based on a dialogue or discussion between two sets of partners, acting as solicitors on behalf of clients, in an attempt to reach an agreement or solve a problem. By the end of the competition, you will have gained valuable experience in negotiation and dispute resolution.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire, develop, and practice negotiation and persuasion skills in a team environment. Participating in the SOAS – Jones Day Negotiation Competition will be an excellent way to showcase your collaborative skills, your ability to think analytically and excel under pressure to your future employers.

The competition is open to both Law and non-Law students, and there is no previous experience required as training will be provided.

Please find further details about the competition attached.

In order to register, please complete this form. The deadline is on 10th January 2018 but places are limited and we advise you to register as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ancuta on We look forward to receiving your registration forms!

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City Solicitors Horizons Programme

City Solicitors Horizons is supported by the City of London Solicitors’ Company, the City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET), The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) and leading City law firms.


About the City Solicitors Horizons programme:

50 talented first year undergraduates studying any degree discipline but interested in pursuing a career in law will be selected to complete an outstanding three-year support programme featuring:  

  • Classroom and one-to-one training sessions
  • Personal mentoring by lawyers at participating leading law firms
  • Annual work experience placements with leading legal employers

About SEO London:

SEO is a diversity focused charity that helps students from under-represented backgrounds achieve their full career potential.  In the last 15 years we have helped more than 5,000 talented undergraduates secure extremely competitive internships and graduate full time positions with more than 60 of the UK’s leading employers, including many leading City law firms. 

How to apply:

Applications are now open!  Please click here to apply.  If you have already applied to SEO London you will still need to apply to the CSH programme. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so those interested in applying are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Places will be confirmed in late December 2017.


Students will be selected based on social mobility criteria, academic performance and their commitment to pursuing a legal career.  To apply, you:

1.      Must have been educated at a state funded school (at any point of your academic studies) and either:

a)      be of the first generation of your immediate family to attend university; or

b)      have been eligible for free school meals or some other form of  income-related financial assistance; or

c)       have been in care/are a care leaver.

2.      Be reasonably committed at this stage of your university course to joining the legal profession; and

3.      Have, in the judgement of your university, a strong potential to succeed academically. 

4.      You must also study at a university based in London or the south east of England.  (Please see FAQs for more details.)

Practice Areas covered:

The programme is designed to give access to the full gamut of legal career opportunities.  Practice areas covered include:



Children and Education



Civil Litigation







Intellectual Property


Alongside non-City law firms, inspirational speakers and practising lawyers, 20 leading City law firms have signed up to the scheme to provide mentoring, work experience and support with training sessions.

I look forward to reading your applications - Julie Quist-ThersonHead of Programme – Corporate Law and CSH| SEO London Email:

Global Food Fair - Fundraiser Hosted by LawSoc

Join the SOAS Law Society at our Global Food Fair at 7PM (30th November) in the JCR

You'll find a wide variety of foods to enjoy including Manakeesh, Biryani, Efo Riro, Pandan Cake, Tiramisu, and more!

Come support the Law Society and fill up your plate (and tummy) as much as you can for £5 and refills for £2 (cash)! 

Grab a free plate of food if you bring a dish to share!

We are raising money to support the SOAS Law Society in holding more events this year to cater to your diverse interests!

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REDRESS Internship Opportunities

REDRESS is a human rights charity based in London that works internationally to combat torture by seeking justice and reparation for torture survivors. Through advocacy, litigation and capacity-building REDRESS works to ensure that perpetrators of torture are punished and the rights of victims of torture to justice and reparation are enforced.

REDRESS offers legal internships to excellent law graduates and LLM students with a strong background in international human rights work. REDRESS has four regular intakes per year however, in exceptional circumstances, we can be flexible with regards to the start and finish date.

Our legal internships will suit candidates who are looking to expand their CV with an interest in developing a career in the Third Sector or human rights field. Placements can be full time or part-time. All placements are based at our London offices (87 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HJ) and the successful candidates will work with REDRESS program staff. Lunch and travel expenses are covered up to £10 per day and a minimum commitment of three months is required. In light of the living costs in London, prospective interns are strongly encouraged to seek external funding for the internship through their university or other institutions.

Intern responsibilities

Legal interns will work with REDRESS staff on a number of assignments. These include independent research on torture cases, factual and/or legal research for reports and submissions before domestic and regional courts, the International Criminal Court and UN treaty body mechanisms. The role may also require some administrative work supporting REDRESS staff.


Our legal interns may work in one or several of our four programme areas:

- Casework

- Post-Conflict Justice

- National Standards

- International Standards

More information can be found here:

Mini-Pupillage Application Deadlines (Document)


Mini-pupillages are short periods of work experience spent shadowing a barrister, usually spanning three to five days. We encourage all law students to undertake mini-pupillages at some point in their academic career, being the key gateway to acquiring a pupillage as well as a way to gain a practical insight into the operation of law in court. 

For the key sets of chambers in London:

UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) 2018 Moot Competition

We are pleased to announce that the Moot problem 2018 has now been released. Please read the rules along with the problem and submit your skeleton arguments to Elly-Mae Gadsby no later than midday January 17 2018. This needs to be submitted in Word format along with an entry form. For more details please see the website.

All competitors will be notified of the selection outcome during the week commencing 29 January 2018.
The finals day will be held again at Kings College London on February 23 2018 so do bear this in mind if you decide to enter.  


If you would like to brush up on your mooting skills in advance of submitting your entry, then we still have spaces available for the following training sessions:

November 22nd, 5-6pm at No5 Chambers, Greenwood House, 4-7 Salisbury Court, London EC4Y 8AA

November 30th, 5-6pm at No5 Chambers, 38 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4QS

December 5th, 5-6pm at No5 Chambers, Fountain Court, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6DR

The training is free and will operate on a first come, first served basis. To book your space please email Elly-Mae Gadsby

Forthcoming Events for IALS (November & December)

These are the forthcoming events at IALS for November and December. Most events are free but advance booking is required. Events are also listed on the IALS Events Calendar at:

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The Institute continues to celebrate its 70th anniversary with a diverse series of events that examine the Institute's contribution to legal scholarship, showcase its research activities in areas of major current concern and highlight future developments. 

London Hamlyn Lecture: Improving Statutes

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 18.00-19.00

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This year's London Hamlyn Lecture is being given by Professor Andrew Burrows, Professor of the Law of England, University of Oxford.

How might we improve the quality of our statutes? In the third and final Hamlyn Lecture, and drawing on his experience of having been a Law Commissioner for England and Wales, a number of different avenues are explored. These include the style of statutory drafting, the role of Parliamentary Counsel, pre and post-legislative scrutiny, and the work of the Law Commission in respect of consolidation and statute law repeals. 

This event will focus on the implications posed by the increasingly significant role of artificial intelligence (AI) in society and the possible ways in which humans will co-exist with AI in future, particularly the impact that this interaction will have on our liberty, privacy, and agency. Will the benefits of AI only be achieved at the expense of these human rights and values? Do current laws, ethics, or technologies offer any guidance with respect to how we should navigate this future society?

Forthcoming Events

Mon 13 November 18:00 – 19:00
Annual Lord Renton Lecture - Statutory Interpretation: the Myth of Parliamentary Intent
Tue 14 November, 14:30 - 18:00
The Victims Directive: Practice makes perfect?
Tue 14 November, 17:30 - 19:30
Towards Establishing a Global Industries Ombudsman 

Wed 15 November, 18:00 - 19:00
Hamlyn Lecture: How might one improve the quality of our legislation?
Thu 16 November, 17:30 - 19:30
IALS Digital Launch
Fri 17 November, 09:30 - 17:30
Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference 2017 - Children and Digital Rights: Regulating Freedoms and Safeguards
Mon 20 November, 17:30 - 19:30
Co-existing with HAL 9000: Being Human in a World with AI 
Tue 21 November, 17:30 - 19:30
The IALS Contribution to Legal Scholarship - IALS@70
Fri 24 November 09:30 - 17:00
Socio-Legal Sources and Methods in Family and Social Welfare Law

Fri 24 November 18:00 – 19:30
Legal History Seminar - The Rise and Fall of the Reputed Ownership clause in Bankruptcy law
Sat 25 November, 10:00 - 16:00
How to get a PhD in Law: The PhD in law and research methods
Mon 27 November, 18:00 - 20:00             
Recognition and Mobility of UK Incorporated Companies after Brexit
Tue 28 November, 17:30 - 19:30
Constitutional Crisis or Constitutional Durability? A Case-study of the US

Wed 29 November, 12:15 -16:30
The Legal Education Research Networks Annual Showcasing Event

Thur 30 November, 12:30 - 13:30
Independent Regulators: Legal Form, Control and Accountability

Thur 30 November, 14:00 - 15:00
IALS PhD Masterclass
Fri 01 December, 10:00 - 19:00
IALS@70 & 20th anniversary of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies
Legislative Aspects of Brexit
Wed 6 December, 16:30 - 18:00
70 Years Ago - How Universal Rights Were Being Made

Thu 12 December, 16:30 - 18:00
Mutual Recognition of Judicial Decisions and Confiscation Orders in Europe
Fri 15 December, 10:00 - 18:00
Contemporary Issues in Financial Markets Law and Company Law – National, International, European and Comparative Perspectives 
Fri 15 December, 18:00 -19:30
Legal History Seminar - Some early modern readings on usury

Sutton Trust Pathways to Law Plus Programme



The Trust has teamed up with top law firms DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters to offer an undergraduate programme supporting Law students during their degree. The programme includes:

  • A three-day residential in London
  • Mentoring from an employee at a sponsor firm
  • The opportunity to apply for one of a number of summer work experience placements (commercial, chambers and in-house)
  • A law careers fair; and

  • Resources to support vacation scheme, training contract and mini-pupillage applications



Am I eligible?
To be eligible for Pathways Plus, you must

  • Be in the first year of an undergraduate course in Law at a UK university
  • Have achieved at least AAB at A-level or equivalent (extenuating circumstances will be considered)
  • Have attended a state school

We are also looking for students who

  • Are the first generation in their family to attend university
  • Were in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
  • Attended schools with a lower than average GCSE/A-level performance and/or progression to higher education
  • Attended schools with a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
  • Have been looked after or in care

It doesn't matter whether or not you were previously a participant on our Pathways to Law programme, or which university you are attending. If you meet the criteria above, you are welcome to apply. You can also feel free to pass this email on to friends and colleagues who meet the criteria.


NILS International Dispute Settlement Event and Refugee Law Essay Competition

1.   NILS International are holding an event in New Delhi between the 15th and 23rd December based on International Dispute Settlement. You can find out more at this link: - anybody who is interested needs to email expressing their interest as soon as possible!


2. NILS is now accepting your submissions for their law journal! Send your submissions to with your name and university. More details are on the picture attached below.

3. NILS UK is excited to announce the launching of our first competition of the year based on the interesting subject area of Refugee Law! The top three entries will be reviewed by Sir Nicholas Blake QC of Matrix Chambers (a specialist in the area of immigration and asylum and also a previous first President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the United Kingdom Upper Tribunal. He will be selecting the best one, whom will receive an amazing prize - which is yet to be revealed. Look at PDF attached for more details.


SOAS Law Society Training Contract Document


The SOAS Law Society has prepared a document containing details of most if not all training contracts (2020 start date), including information about deadlines, application processes, academic requirements etc. Having prepared a similar document detailing the summer deadlines, we received positive feedback and decided to produce an updated version for this year's applicants. 

We hope this will provide an accessible, convenient, and efficient medium through which you can decide which law firms to apply to and proceed with the applications accordingly. 

You can access the Training Contract document here:

StudyGroup - Paid Internship Opportunity in the Legal Department

The legal department at Study Group, a multinational education management company is looking for a part time/ full time intern at the London Corporate Office. The intern would be required to assist the General Counsel and legal team in multiple aspects of the business, including but not limited to commercial contracts, tax, compliance, HR and other general legal matters. To be eligible, you must be in your final year of your undergraduate law degree, or enrolled in a postgraduate law degree. 

This is a paid internship opportunity, with flexible hours and other employment benefits, and which is available immediately. For more information and to submit your CV, please contact Shannon Lim at

BPP Advocate of the Year Competition


The BPTC at BPP are running an Advocate of the Year competition. They will be offering a very ‘real world’ experience as a junior barrister doing short trials. There will be a day of civil and a day of crime with actors and ex-convicts to play the clients, and over the weekend of the competition those taking part will play different roles in the trial, and develop an aggregate score. The top prize is £5000 off the BPTC if the student chooses to study the BPTC at BPP. References and other prizes are also available. The event will be on the weekend of the 11th and 12th November.

LawCareers.Net Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook

We’re very pleased to announce that the 2018 edition of The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook is out now! The essential guide to becoming a lawyer, it is packed with details of over 1,000 firms and chambers looking to recruit trainees and pupils, as well as offering advice and information on application and interview technique, alternative careers, work experience and more.

The guide is available at the SOAS Careers Service on the LG floor of Paul Webley Wing, SOAS. 

You can find out more about The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook at

University of Law - Step Into Law

This November we are running our flagship event, Step into Law. This event is ideal for students who would like to pursue a career in the legal sector. Step into Law provides attendees with valuable insight into the legal market, what to expect from future assessment centres and tips on how to improve employability prospects. Following the workshop sessions, students will be given the opportunity to put their questions about the legal profession to our select law firm representatives on the Q&A panel. Following the panel, students will be able to network with panel members and Law firm representatives.

Event schedule

The event will take place on Wednesday 15th November 2017kicking off at 12pm and finishing at 6pm. More information can be found on the attached event agenda, although please be aware that certain information may be subject to change.

Where will the event be taking place?

The University of Law, 14 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DE

Why attend?

This a great event for potential students and law firms to engage with one another and for students to get a real insight into a career in the legal industry, as well as the opportunity to network with potential future employers.

To attend you must do the following: 

1- Sign up using the following link:

2- Respond to this email confirming your: Full Name, University, Email Address, and Phone Number. 

SOAS Exclusive Dinner with Travers Smith LLP + Additional Note Regarding the Application Process

The SOAS Law Society is holding an exclusive dinner with Travers Smith LLP, a leading corporate, financial and commercial law firm. A select few of you will be able to network with its trainees and learn more about the firm in preparation for Vacation Schemes and Training Contracts applications.

The dinner will consist of a 3 course meal and will take place at The Refinery in New Street Square on the 22nd November. More information will be released in the weeks leading up to the event.

To apply, please find attached the TS Dinner Application with further details. Please note that the first deadline is 1st November. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your applications!

Please direct any queries you may have to Sonia at

Additional Note:
We have received a couple of queries regarding the Exclusive Dinner with Travers Smith LLP. We would like to address each in turn in order to make the process as accessible as possible:

1. Bias

Please be assured that in the interest of the Law Society, we intend to accept those candidates who have shown the most interest in Travers Smith. As such, we will select students accordingly with this criteria in mind. Additionally, your application will be reviewed by members of the Law Society who are not applying to the dinner.

2. Privacy

Only members of the Law Society who will be reviewing your application will have access to your application, and these same members will not be applying for the opportunity themselves. What the reviewing panel will be focusing on is not the details of your grades, rather, the commitment and interest you have shown in the firm and how you hope to use this dinner as an opportunity to invest further into your prospective career with the firm.

3. Requisites of the Application Process

If you are put off applying by the requisites of the process (CV and Cover Letter), please note that it allows us to select you based on your demonstrated interest in the firm rather than on factors such as your academic achievement. Additionally, doing your research on the firm will help you engage far more in conversation during the dinner.


This dinner is a great opportunity to showcase your interest in Travers Smith when it comes to applying for Vacation Schemes or Training Contracts with them. Don't miss it!

Rare Recruitment Opportunities

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For those of you interested in applying to Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins, Macfarlanes, Slaughter and May, Sutton Trust, Travers Smith, White & Caseand more, please find details of Rare Recruitment below:

We make the candidate better, not the process easier. We help brilliant people fulfil their promise through our one on one career guidance and multi award-winning longitudinal development programmes.

With Rare, you choose which applications to make to which clients. You always apply in the same way as any other candidate: the same application form, sit the same numerical and verbal tests, and do the same interviews and assessment centres. There are no “fast tracks” and no back doors – you get the job on merit.

Rare’s standards are high; we’re elite – we look for outstanding people – but not elitist - we have people from over 100 universities on our books. We have no minimum grade requirements – we look at every application to Rare in its full social, educational and personal context.

How it Works?

Apply online. We’ll assess your application and if we think we can help then we’ll invite you to join Rare. We’ll call you to arrange an initial meeting where we can examine some career possibilities.

We’ll help you make applications. We’ll give you completely free, one-to-one personal development sessions, with experts including a qualified Executive Coach, in everything from numeracy tests to CVs and application forms; from interviews to group tasks and assessment centres. On average, candidates rate the support they get from Rare at 4.82 out of 5 on a scale where 3 is satisfactory, 4 is good, and 5 is excellent.

You’ll receive regular updates with early notice on exclusive Rare client events.

To apply to become a Rare candidate and/or learn more about the programme, visit