Student employability programme wins graduate recruitment award

A legal employability scheme from the University of Law has won an award from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

The Student Employability Programme (StEP) is a ten-point programme designed to helping aspiring solicitors and barristers get on the first step of a legal career. Part of the provider’s Future Lawyers Network, it is free and available to everyone.

Winner in the Best Preparation for Work Initiative, higher education, category of the AGR Development Awards 2013, StEP includes how to understand the legal market, application processes, interview preparation and how to best cope with assessments.

Online workshops, resource books, interactive web pages, FAQs and video clips featuring members of the legal profession are all included in the programme, which includes 34 case studies, information on 24 practice areas and four hours of presentations.

Rachel Harris, director of employability at the University of Law, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the emphasis we place on employability, and our commitment to providing timely, detailed and specialist guidance to anyone interested in a career in law, has received this recognition.

“The judges were particularly impressed that this wealth of information is freely accessible to all. We are keen to raise awareness of StEP, including among other university law schools, a number of which now host the programme on their own websites.”

The University of Law, formerly the College of Law, will now train solicitors to represent clients in Hong Kong courts (14 March 2013).