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The Careers Project

Our aim

When you first start at University the decision of what career path you will follow can seem a long way away.  We are dedicated to enhancing the employability of our students and empowering them to make an informed career choice and we are here every step of the way to help you to succeed.

Who are we?

Launched in 2008 and the brainchild of our Careers Co-ordinator and Barrister, Louise Jacklin, the Careers Project is unique to DMU.  Not surprisingly, Louise specialises in advice relating to a career as a Barrister and her colleague and joint Careers Co-ordinator, Vaughan Hall, specialises in advice relating to a career as a Solicitor.  Vaughan is himself a Solicitor and teaches on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) here at DMU. He arranges dedicated mentors from the legal profession to assist all of our students on the LPC and the Graduate Diploma in Law courses.  Susan Rees is our dedicated Law Careers adviser and has years of experience relating to all aspects of legal and generic careers advice.

What is the Careers Project?

Essentially it consists of three key elements.  Firstly, students are given lectures and seminars by Louise, Vaughan and Susan – these sessions range from basic information on legal career paths to detailed information about funding, work experience, job seeking and applications advice.  Secondly, Louise and Vaughan invite guest speakers to DMU to talk to students and answer their questions – speakers include local legal practitioners and recent DMU graduates, who can give invaluable advice about how they have succeeded in gaining their dream job.  Thirdly, Careers and CV clinics are held in the Law School to offer bespoke advice to students about careers at the Bar, as a Solicitor, or general careers and employability advice.  Louise and Vaughan regularly help students prepare successfully for interviews and the Careers team also offer mock interviews.

Who else is involved in the Careers Project?

We have developed excellent links with the legal profession both locally and nationally and we are proud to give our students great opportunities to reach their career goals. 

What does the Careers Project help our students achieve?

The Careers Project has been instrumental in helping DMU students gain major scholarships from the legal profession to allow them to pursue their chosen career path.  These scholarships can run into thousands of pounds! Our students have secured training contracts with firms of solicitors and pupillages at the Bar. 

What skills can you develop with the Careers Project?

Our team can help you prepare the best CV possible, write excellent letters and perform well at interview.  We look forward to helping you.


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