Completing a postgraduate law qualification at Queen Mary can be an excellent way to consolidate and enhance your legal experience whether you intend to practise in your own country or develop an international legal career. Senior practitioners and academics from leading law firms, chambers and other universities are part of our programmes, providing excellent networking opportunities for our students. In addition we have an extensive network of alumni with whom we develop strong relationships in order to inform and advise our current students.
This award winning service located in Mile End organises events featuring representatives from top UK and international law firms to help you understand the legal job market and choose the most appropriate career route for you after graduation. You will also be able to take advantage of a wide range of other careers events, workshops and services to gain more information about law and non-law careers and receive advice on job hunting and applications.For more information about these events and services visit QMUL Careers & Enterprise.
In addition to the numerous career services provided to all Queen Mary students, Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise Centre organise an extensive range of career activities exclusively for LLM students. Through a combination of weekly employer talks and information sessions, career skills workshops, clinics and individual careers sessions these activities include:
Highlights from 2017-2019 include:
In 2016, the QMUL Postgraduate School of Law launched a professional mentoring programme as an additional way of assisting our LLM students in their professional development.
In 2019, more than 80 UK-based legal professionals offered advice and guidance to a student.
Amongst many others, our current mentors come from 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.
Mentors are either UK-based or work across Europe and certain global work destinations. They are mid to senior-level legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and industry executives etc.), many of them QMUL alumni. Law professionals share their experience, and provide constructive advice and information to those entering the profession.
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.
“Having a mentor was an amazing experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to every student. I'm not the same person I was a year ago when I applied. In April 2017, my mentor offered me some work experience in the Utilities and Infrastructure department, shadowing solicitors at a reputable international law firm. They introduced me to the firm’s graduate recruitment team, current trainees and partners. It made me more confident in who I am and the career I am now pursuing. I will always be grateful to the CCLS careers service for the opportunity.”
“Being mentored has been both an insightful and highly rewarding opportunity. I would encourage all future students to apply. Through mentoring I developed a greater understanding of the field and expanded my professional networks. Right from the start my mentor and I discussed my ambitions for a career as a patent attorney. We talked about the possibility of shadowing his work to gain an insight into some of the decisions in patent cases. He then kindly arranged meetings at IP/attorney firms so that I could get some valuable work experience. I am shortly due to start a trainee patent attorney position at Kilburn & Strode in London.”
“My mentor helped me understand the nuances of the field and provided various insights into the logistics field. Eventually I was offered work experience at my mentor's company and was personally guided by her throughout the work experience. Through this I gained a platform to showcase my skills and do actual work that the legal counsels performed. My work was assessed later and was given feedback as well. I really loved the place and the work culture.”
Postgraduate Law Professional Mentoring opens for applications every year in November.
Since 2012, the QMUL Postgraduate School has arranged for numerous unique work-experience opportunities for our postgraduate law students including:
“Working in a magic-circle law firm like Freshfields LLP comes with endless opportunities and great challenges to make you better! As an intern within the firm’s finance department in Autumn 2018, I acquired useful transferrable skills and gained so much more practical experience, especially in the area of project finance through the various complex transactions I was engaged in. The social part of the internship offered networking with the firm’s partners, associates, trainees and support staff.
It was a fascinating period for me and I’m forever grateful to both the Energy and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) and the Postgraduate Professional Development Department of Queen Mary, for the life-time opportunity.”
“I got the chance to work in the European Council of Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The internship experience exceeded my expectations and gave me an indepth knowledge about international refugee and migration law from a theoretical and a practical perspective. I developed the necessary understanding of what most of the current immigration issues are, in Europe and across the world. Those internships gave me the opportunity to use this knowledge in real cases, enriching my LLM studies, giving me valuable experience in working alongside experts in the field, and benefited my career and professional trajectory.”
Peregrine Law is an ambitious London law firm advising UK and international SMEs on complex cross-border deals and legal risk management.
CCLS fosters a strong partnership with Peregrine Law, giving our LLM and MSc law students the chance to experience working in a fast-moving London legal services business.
“Students are involved in every aspect of the business, gain access to Peregrine's network and take a front-row seat on what the delivery of UK business legal services looks like. Peregrine Law benefits from having a new smart, ambitious legal resource. Our student legal assistants support the firm in collaborating with other law firms around the world including global firms with headquarters in the City of London, as well as other specialist boutiques and Chinese, European, US and Australian lawyers.“
“Joining Peregrine has given me a fantastic opportunity to get involved in all practical aspects of law and apply my studies to real-life legal situations. Whilst my law degree may have taught me the legal rules and processes that are an integral part of being a lawyer, working at Peregrine Law is broadening my horizons – teaching me the importance of teamwork and being pragmatic to become a successful lawyer - collaboration is a big part of the work that we do at Peregrine.”
Preiskel & Co LLP is a boutique law firm based in the City of London that specialises in UK and international corporate and commercial, specialist litigation, and regulatory matters.
Every year in spring, CCLS announces the Preiskel & Co Essay Competition with first prize being the opportunity to participate in an internship at this City of London-based law firm. Students adopt a practical, commercial perspective to a topic, analysing the application of the law to technology and a scenario, which would be useful for a technology start up, or covering issues, which technology companies face.
The essay competition is open to LLM students, students of the Distance Learning Programme in Computer & Communications Law and PhD students.
Won first prize in 2013, currently Senior Data Privacy Lawyer at Visa
“The good links that the university maintains with law firms allowed me to participate in an essay competition organised by Preiskel and Co. My essay ‘Developing Software Solutions Based on Open Source Code: Ownership Challenges’, examines strategies for developers to utilise software created based on open source code. I was very happy to win the prize, which included an internship. The professional experience in an international law firm in London has certainly added great value to my Master’s degree. One of the great benefits of it is working closely with qualified lawyers from a range of different jurisdictions and having the opportunity to see UK legal work in practice, by drafting contracts and articles, participating in professional meetings, advising clients and carrying out research.”
Established by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2013, qLegal provides legal and regulatory advisory services to early-stage, start-up companies, primarily in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. The main focus is on helping these companies to address a range of challenging IP management issues.
One of the unique and defining characteristics of qLegal is that the services are provided by high calibre postgraduate law students under the guidance of legal professionals from collaborating law firms and academic staff at CCLS. To learn more about qLegal and apply to become a qLegal adviser, please visit the qLegal website and follow qLegal on Twitter.