12 Dec

Law Careers Talk

On Wednesday we welcomed Lucy Dolan, Early Talent Manager from Gowling WLG, into school to give a lunchtime talk about routes into the legal profession. Upper School KEHS and KES students gathered in the Lecture Theatre to hear about the commercial legal services that Gowling provides and their impressive global reach. Lucy talked about the differences between undertaking traditional degree studies and applying for a legal apprenticeship. It was interesting to hear a recruiter’s view that a variety of subjects are attractive when it comes to beginning your career and that Law is not the ‘be all and end all’ of degrees in the industry. Lucy highlighted that top firms like Gowling are keen to take on trainees with degrees in a range of subjects and talked specifically about the employability of those with degrees in Biomedical Sciences, as this demonstrates the knowledge and skillset to specialise in Intellectual Property (IP) law. Lucy went on to discuss the apprenticeship opportunities now available with Gowling. Whilst pursuing the apprenticeship route to becoming qualified would take a little longer, she pointed out the wealth of relevant industry experience and the opportunity to earn while training. Unfortunately, the talk was cut slightly short by the fire alarm. (What with this and the wonderful Christmas lunch, our visitor had a very immersive KEHS experience!) Several girls returned to the Lecture Theatre for a Q&A with Lucy, which proved really useful as they were able to chat and discuss career paths in a more informal way. Lucy was able to give wider advice on gaining work experience and about the differences in practising commercial and criminal law. We are grateful to Lucy for giving time to talk to us on her non-working day - she was very complimentary about her visit and enjoyed talking to the students.