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Employability Skills for Law Students

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski

February 2014

ISBN: 9780199663231

376 pages

In Stock

Price: £19.99

Uniquely tailored to law students, the only legal employability skills guide on how to develop, build, and demonstrate skills for professional life



Unsure what skills employers are looking for or how best to develop and demonstrate them? With coverage of the core academic, practical, and transferable skills that can be gained during your studies,Employability Skills for Law Students will help you develop the employability skills you need to pursue your chosen career on graduation.

  • The only book specifically designed to support law students in developing the employability skills required to pursue their chosen career on graduation
  • A strong emphasis is placed upon 'learning by doing' with each chapter including practical activities designed to give students the opportunity to practise skills and encourage thought and reflection on personal development
  • Practical perspectives from students, graduates, lecturers, and employers emphasise how the skills gained during a law degree can be applied outside of university in an employment context

About the Author(s)

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski

In addition to their academic research publications, Emily and Stefan are established and experienced authors of skills texts for the Higher Education market. They are both Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and have won multiple teaching awards - Emily at Brunel University and the University of Reading, and Stefan at Brunel and the University of Leeds.

Follow Finch and Fafinski on Twitter @FinchFafinski

Table of Contents

    Part I: Understanding employability skills
    1:Understanding employability skills
    2:Getting started
    Part II: Identifying employability skills
    3:Academic skills
    4:Practical legal skills
    Part III: Building employability skills
    5:Volunteering, societies and interests
    6:Commercial awareness and networking
    7:Work experience
    Part IV: Focussing employability skills
    8:Training contracts and pupillages
    9:Law jobs after graduation
    10:Non-law jobs
    Part V: Demonstrating employability skills
    12:Interviews and other recruitment practices


A must buy for any law student determined to make their mark on the legal job-market - I highly recommend it - George Laurencin, Head of Employability, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London

If you are thinking of starting an undergraduate law degree, or have already started it, you should seriously consider buying a copy of Employability Skills for Law Students. - The Student Law Journal

If you spend some time reading the tips, you will be better prepared and maximise your prospects of a successful outcome. At less than £30, Employability Skills for Law Students is a very worthwhile investment. - The Student Law Journal

Additional Resources

An interactive Online Resource Centre provides a range of practical activities designed to give you opportunities to practise and receive feedback upon the skills you are developing.