A
number of second year students have recently benefitted from Edge Hill
University’s continued links with professional partners by taking part in careers
activities aimed at developing their future employability.

The
Law and Criminology department, along with the University’s Careers Centre, work
closely with a range of organisations in the legal profession to offer students
vocational advice and guidance in addition to work experience opportunities.
 

As
part of this relationship, a group of students were recently given a tour of
international law firm DLA Piper’s Liverpool office before undertaking mock
interviews with the company’s professional recruitment specialist, Clare
Doolan.

“Here
at Edge Hill we feel that it is vitally important for employers to have an
input into course design and content, ensuring programmes reflect changes in
the law and the needs of the modern workplace,” explains Careers Adviser Des
Hope. Adding, “The selection process for graduate-level jobs is now very
competitive and it is not unusual for an applicant to go through a telephone
interview, an initial one-to-one interview, an assessment day and a second
interview. Because of this, having the opportunity to undertake mock interviews
with a high profile graduate employer such as DLA Piper is a brilliant way to
assist our students in their preparation.”
 

Edge
Hill’s collaboration with DLA Piper is just one of many as Robert Collinson,
Senior Lecturer in Law, explains “Law employers expect students to demonstrate practical
experiences on their CVs which relate to the roles they will be undertaking professionally.”
Robert continues, “As such, we have been building relationships with the legal
profession over a number of years in order to provide work placements for
students, resulting in links being established with local, regional, national
and international employers who kindly offer valuable opportunities year after
year. We have also set up the Legal Professional Advisory Panel and introduced
an optional module that records work experience, which can prove extremely
useful when seeking work after graduation.”
 

“There
is absolutely no doubt that these activities benefit our students enormously,” concludes
Robert. Adding, “I observed a number of the mock interviews and could see how they
increased the confidence of the students, it really gave them a feel for the types
of things employers are looking for and the kind of questions they will be
asked.”
 

Des
concludes, “Employers today expect graduates to have a range of skills that
will make them effective in the workplace. While many of these qualities are
developed through academic study, work-based experience is also enormously
important.”
 

For
further information about studying Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University,
visit ehu.ac.uk/studylawcriminology, or for more details regarding the Careers
Centre edgehill.ac.uk/careers