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School of Law

Careers and Professional Development

Two students in Lincoln's Inn FieldsThe School of Law at Queen Mary University of London is committed to your future.

We offer a variety of opportunities for you to learn further about career paths open to you, develop skills to enhance employability and gain professional experience to boost your CV.

Many senior practitioners and academics from leading law firms, chambers and other universities work with us, 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.

Careers support

Queen Mary offers a variety of services to support your career and professional development:

Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise

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 Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise.

Exclusive careers support for LLM and MSc Students

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 and MSc students. This includes:

  • Weekly sessions with leading industry professionals and our alumni
  • One-to-one careers sessions with specialist legal careers consultants
  • Workshops on CV writing, interview skills and job searching techniques (including usage of social media)
  • Awareness of the requirements and recruitment processes of international law firms and gaining entry to training contracts and QLTS
  • Career option events for those considering a career outside law such as policy, compliance, legal technology and more.

Highlights from 2017-2019 include:

  • Hogan Lovells: LLM Programmes at UK Law firms
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP: Applications: An Employer’s view
  • KPMG: Careers in consultancy
  • European Director, Meritas: The business of law
  • Weil LLP: Mock Interview Sessions
  • Bird & Bird: Being and IP lawayer
  • Baker McKenzie
  • In-house law: AIG, Harper Collins, Canary Warf Contractors, Ofgem
  • Freshfields LLP: Mock Interview Sessions
  • Alumni and Representatives for career Options event including Ebay, Goldman Sachs, IPO, Promontory, Invesco and Wavelength.

Postgraduate Law Professional Mentoring

The School of Law runs 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 one of our students.

Through mentoring I developed a greater understanding of the field and expanded my professional networks. I am shortly due to start a trainee patent attorney position at Kilburn & Strode in London.
— Oliver Lam, LLM Intellectual Property Law

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 across the globe. 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.

As a student mentee, this scheme provides you with first-hand insight into the workings of businesses and law firms. It gives you a better understanding of a law professional’s career journey, helping you to plan your professional goals. You report additional areas of learning such as gaining a better understanding of organisational and project management skills.

Internships

We have arranged numerous unique work-experience opportunities for our postgraduate law students including:

Work shadowing

  • The Hon. Justice Blair at the High Court
  • Sir Bernard Rix in the Court of Appeal when he was Lord Justice of Appeal

Part-time internships during term time

  • DataGuidance
  • European Council of Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Full-time summer internships

  • United Nations (UNCTAD), Geneva
  • British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
  • Ashurst
  • Clifford Chance
  • Dentons
  • Preiskel & Co LLP
  • Promontory Financial Group
  • WilmerHale LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Freshfields LLP
  • ICC Court of Arbitration
  • DWF Law

Work experience and work projects

  • Edwards Wildman LLP in Insurance Law
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Stobbs & Co–IP/Patents Firm, Cambridge
  • Energy Charter Secretariat, Brussels

Research associate posts

  • School of Law departments.

QMUL Partnership with Peregrine Law - Paralegal opportunities

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.
Nigel Clarke, Founder and CEO, Peregrine Law

QMUL Partnership with Preiskel & Co - Essay competition for summer internships

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.

QMUL Partnership with Peregrine Law - Paralegal opportunities

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.
Nigel Clarke, Founder and CEO, Peregrine Law

QMUL Partnership with Preiskel & Co

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.

Practical legal experience with qLegal

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.

"Engaging with fellow students and seasoned practitioners helped me to understand what was required to meet the client's desired outcomes. The experience gave me a more rounded perspective of the legal challenges and commercial realities facing real businesses".
Damian Moran, qLegal Student Adviser