Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Alumni and Friends of CCLS


Please join our Alumni LinkedIn group.

Our LinkedIn Group currently has over 2,000 members. Joining it will provide you with:

  • Opportunity to stay in touch with a global network of legal professionals for ideas exchange, business support and collaboration.
  • Access to careers information, job openings and contacts.
  • Ability to research the types firms, companies and organizations that have hired a CCLS alumni by reviewing group members profiles.
  • Discussion forum and messaging service to gain expert support.
  • An automatically updating address book of useful contacts.

The Alumni and Friends of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies offers you an opportunity to become involved with fellow alumni and participate in current Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) activities and events. Your valuable talents and abilities can make a difference when you volunteer as an ambassador or share your career experience with current students.

How to get involved

Help CCLS grow and prosper by reaching out to all CCLS alumni by getting involved as ambassadors or by sharing your career experience.

Alumni Ambassadors

Working with the Admissions Office, these volunteers participate in activities to attract the best new students to CCLS. Responsibilities can include appearing at CCLS open days and Queen Mary College recruitment fairs. Members may also work directly with the Queen Mary International Office and Careers Department to put current students in touch with experts in their fields.

Postgraduate Law Professional Mentoring

Philip R Wood QCOne of the greatest aspects of studying at CCLS is mixing with students from the most diverse cultural backgrounds. Each student has their own unique combination of knowledge, experience, skills and attributes.

In 2016 we launched a Postgraduate Law Professional Mentoring Programme as an additional way of assisting our students in their professional development at QMUL. Following a successful first round, the number of mentors for our students has since tripled. We now have over 80 mentor-mentee relationships each year.

Mentors come from a diverse range of organisations, including Bank of England, the Shell legal department, 20 Essex Street Chambers, Dentons, Ashurst, London Business Bank, Taylor Wessing LLP, Mills & Reeve, Baker McKenzie, Allen & Overy LLP, Morgan Stanley, Promontory Finance Group, the Commercial Court and the Supreme Court.

Legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and industry executives etc.), many of them QMUL alumni, offer advice and guidance to a current PG law student. Mentors engage with their mentees for at least an hour each month over a seven-month period.

This scheme provides students with first-hand insight into the workings of businesses and law firms. It gives them a better understanding of a law professional’s career journey, helping them to plan their professional goals. Student mentees report additional areas of learning such as gaining a better understanding of organisational and project management skills.

Become a Mentor

If you would like more information on becoming a Mentor for one of our postgraduate law students, please get in touch with Jacqueline Steinmetz.