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

This year CCLS launched a new opportunity for the professional development of its postgraduate law students – a Postgraduate Law Professional Mentoring Programme. This exciting development complements our existing programme of opportunities and support for students, such as provision of internships, careers workshops and networking events.

Mentors and mentees are matched across a variety of specialist areas. We provide training for students prior to their first mentoring meeting. Thereafter the pairs meet up or speak monthly. Mentors are asked to commit to give their mentee at least an hour a month.  Law professionals share their experiences, and provide constructive advice and information to those entering the profession.

Current mentors come from all areas of the legal profession, companies and firms represented include: Allen & Overy, Cooley LLP, eBay (UK) Ltd, The Walt Disney Company, Shell, Preiskel & Co, Promontory Financial Group, and others.

Philip R Wood QC

At the launch of the initiative, Philip R. Wood, CBE, QC (Hon), Special Global Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP expressed that “the mentoring programme at Queen Mary is one of the most innovative and creative ideas to come out of one of the most innovative and creative universities in Britain. The world which students are stepping into is extremely complicated and it is easy to go wrong simply because of lack of knowledge about the world of employment and opportunities. The mentoring programme is an excellent way of helping students at a crucial point in their careers.”

If you would like more information on becoming a CCLS mentor, please get in touch with the CCLS Postgraduate Professional Development Team, email Jacqueline Steinmetz j.steinmetz@qmul.ac.uk.