Graduate Recruitment for Law Firms 2018

Graduate Recruitment for Law Firms 2018 is your opportunity to ensure you are up-to-speed with the latest developments in recruitment from higher education, and gain the knowledge and tools to attract the best graduates to your firm.


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09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:30 Chairperson’s opening remarks
Chairperson to be confirmed
09:40 Apprenticeships and the SQE 
  • How the new SQE system will work: recruitment and training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Timetable and next steps
Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training, SRA
10:20 Diversity and social mobility programming:  a case study 
  • Aims of our social mobility programmes
  • Developing and running a programme and bursary scheme
  • Short, medium and long term outcomes and benefits
Marcia Longdon, The Law Society's Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, Partner, Kingsley Napley 
11:00 Morning networking break
11:30 Attracting, recruiting and retaining new talent
  • Engaging and recruiting; what is different about generation Y?
  • Adopting different selection methods in the search for the best talent
  • Retaining talent by developing a robust career plan 
  Speaker to be confirmed
12:15 Training the lawyers of tomorrow
  • What do firms want from college graduates and how can they influence the content of legal courses?
  • Establishing close contact between law firms and universities, ensuring course relevance
  • Ensuring a diverse intake of students
  • Enabling social mobility in the legal profession
Jane Jarman, Reader, Nottingham Law School
13:00 Networking lunch
14:00 New approaches for reaching out to a new talent in a diverse community
  • Overcoming the inertia in the search for diverse talent 
  • Using scholarship programmes to reach out to new talent
  • The success of “blind CV” initiatives
Speaker to be confirmed
14:45 Case study: attracting and retaining the right talent
  • Does the search for new talent favour an established system or the search for rising stars?
  • Communicating and matching the firm’s values with those of the candidate
  • Putting a robust career development plan in place
  • Ensuring that you deliver on your promises once recruits join your firm
Sophie Khan, The Law Society's Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, Partner, Sophie Khan & Co
15:30 Afternoon networking break
16:00 Panel discussion
  • How can technology revolutionise graduate recruitment
  • Effective communications channels including social media
  • Harnessing the disruptive impact technology 
  • What are the technologies that can drive up recruitment and career development?
  • Using technology to support graduate recruitment strategies
Panellists to be confirmed
16:45 Chair’s closing comments
17:00 Close of conference

Full Description

Graduate recruitment strategies are evolving fast. There's an increasing need to prepare for the SRA Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), with the SRA looking to implement this independent assessment by 2020.

Relationships with universities need to engage and reflect talent required to provide the lawyers for tomorrow. Additionally, diversity and social mobility remain a challenge. Despite minority ethnic groups studying for law degrees, this change isn't being experienced at senior lawyer level.

Graduate Recruitment for Law Firms 2018 will deliver insight and opportunities to assess graduate recruitment and develop programmes. This event will prepare you for the SRA's SQE reforms and examine approaches to diversity in recruitment. You'll also explore the impact that technology has on this process.

Attend this event to:

  • Hear the latest on the SRA's SQE reforms and develop your firm's strategy to recruit more diverse talent
  • Evaluate the success of new approaches to graduate recruitment from 'blind CVs' to new technology
  • Explore the relationship between universities and law firms so that you can ensure today's recruits are trained as tomorrow's lawyers
  • Benchmark your own strategies with case studies on diversity and social mobility
  • Develop a career programme which doesn't just attract talent but also retains and develops it


Current speakers include:

  • Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training, SRA
  • Marcia Longdon, Law Society Ethics Committee & Partner, Kingsley Napley
  • Jane Jarman, Reader, Nottingham Law School
  • Sophie Khan, Law Society Ethics Committee & Partner, Sophie Khan & Co


More to be announced shortly...

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