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Lancashire Law School launches an exciting new partnership with Harrison Drury solicitors

On a cold and windy evening in March, Lancashire Law School and leading North West law firm Harrison Drury launched their new exciting partnership Young Leaders in Law at the law firm’s Preston office.

The partnership was created to give students opportunities to meet professionals, find out more about what it was like to work in a law firm, build a professional network and develop key employability skills. The evening started with some excellent networking training from Harrison Drury followed by an evening of networking and chances to put into practice what had been learned. Feedback from students and Harrison Drury professionals after the event was very positive, so I asked a couple of law students who attended to explain what they thought of the evening.

Sabba Shah – 2nd-year MLaw student

My future aspiration is to work as an advocate through attaining higher rights of audience, post qualification as a solicitor. With my main interests in the fields of business and technology, I seek to become as commercially aware and equipped as possible during my studies, in advance of entering the legal profession.

Attending the Young Leaders in Law Network at Harrison Drury was my first experience of professional mingling within the walls of a law firm, as opposed to events in other external venues. The atmosphere facilitated really interesting conversations (as opposed to the oftentimes generic or short answers hastily imparted during careers fairs), wherein I received direct insight into the various seats presently being undertaken by trainees. Also discussing the impact of current events on areas of law, such as the implications of Brexit on trademarks and how this will likely affect the corporate department, brought to life the current theory being taught in lectures in terms of practical applications.

Speaking with different trainees, solicitors, the marketing manager and also HR administrator was invaluable, particularly as the advice given was without pretence. For instance, networking techniques were advised before the opportunity to implement them that very evening, of which one focused on how to exit an exchange in order to engage with more potential connections. This was hugely beneficial and I have since utilised these skills with great success, hence I look forward to learning more from the next YLLN meeting.

Luke Holden – final year LLB Student

I recently volunteered to take part in the Young Leaders Network primarily to enhance my networking abilities and construct professional contacts for the future. Attending the networking event at Harrison Drury was daunting at first. A lack of networking experience meant that I had to exercise strong communicative skills and illustrate my confidence.

Once proceedings were underway, I felt a sense of relief as the team at Harrison Drury were exceptionally friendly and informative. I was able to speak to a large breadth of professionals from each department, enabling me to gain an insight into all aspects of a law firm. In addition to this, I was pleasantly informed on the social aspects of a law firm and how it is not without its fun and friendships.

The networking event at Harrison Drury was an excellent platform to build confidence in my communicative qualities which will benefit me at future networking events. I also obtained a fundamental insight into the vast differentiation in pathways to becoming a solicitor. The trainees had to maintain intensive dedication and commitment despite various challenges they faced. This has motivated me to continue in building my professional personality and remain committed to succeeding as a solicitor.

Interested in attending a Young Leaders in Law event?

If you are a Lancashire law student and want to get involved in one of the upcoming Young Leaders in Law events please send an e-mail to LLScareers@uclan.ac.uk expressing your interest in attending together with the date you would like to attend (see below).

  • Tuesday 25th May 2018 – 5.30 -7.30pm
  • Tuesday 25th September 2018 – 5.30-7.30pm
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018 – 5.30 – 7.30pm

Thank you to everyone from Harrison Drury who attended the first event and helped make the evening a big success and of course, thanks to the students who overcame their nerves and took part, I hope you all found it worthwhile and see you at future events.

Simon Price is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Employability at Lancashire Law School and is part of the school’s employability team.

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