SOAS Law Society Committee Application

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How to apply:

If you are interested in applying, please email your CV alongside a Cover Letter at The Cover Letter shall include:

1. Candidate’s name

2. Student number and year of study

3. Position you are applying for

4. Short paragraph (no more than 250 words) explaining why you think you are suitable for the position

The deadline for the application is 13th October. Our Committee will review the applications. The shortlisted candidates notified shortly and interviewed on 15th-17th October.

Take some time to consider which position is best suited to your current experiences and skill set. Should you require any further clarity, do not hesitate to get into contact with us. Please ensure that you understand the level of commitment expected from each position before you apply for the roles. Despite the extra responsibility, the work is very rewarding, and the leadership position will certainly reflect well on your CV!

Wishing you all the best in your application!

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.


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:

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:

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.


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:

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:

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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.

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