Author: President, Karen Fulton.
Networking is arguably one of the most important reasons to join the student law society. Your membership will allow you to meet a range of legal professionals and academics, something that would be difficult to do without a law society membership. Opportunities to network will arise through the society’s academic events including, presentations delivered by a solicitor or advocate, evenings with legal trainees and law fairs. Attending these events will allow you to ask questions, help determine what field of law is best for you and could even lead to some invaluable work experience.
Being an active member of your law society is an excellent addition to your CV. Employers love to see that alongside your studies you have other commitments. Deciding to be part of the law society committee is an even stronger way to stand out. This will prove that you are capable of balancing your studies whilst having other responsibilities - something you will have to do when working. The challenges you face as a committee member may also give you something impressive to speak about in an interview.
The law society not only provides you with the opportunity to attend legal-related events, but they are also known for their brimming social calendars. The society will host various socials from pub crawls and cinema evenings to the annual law ball. These events will allow you to meet other students with common interests and ambitions, form friendships and give you the chance to take a well-deserved break from your studies. Law society memberships are open to non-law students too meaning you may meet people you would not naturally meet throughout your degree.
Being a member of the law society can help you integrate into university life. The law society is not only here to facilitate your legal journey but provide help and support to its members. Struggling to meet people? Come along to one of our social events, many people turn up alone. Worried about an interview? Sign up for an interview workshop. Or, if you are just looking to have a chat, you can contact the committee who will be more than happy to speak with you and provide help where they can.
Gain life skills
By getting involved in the student law society you will gain valuable and transferrable skills. Mooting, for example, will not only boost your confidence speaking publicly but, will enhance your argumentation and listening skills and help you to work efficiently as part of a team as you will be paired up with others to organise your arguments. Other skills that can be gained include communication, organisation, and tasks such as securing society sponsorship can improve your persuasion skills; all skills which are essential for any aspiring lawyer.
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