Mentoring sessions for first year students interested in a legal career

RBB Litigation Group Mentoring Sessions
 The scheme is made up of three group sessions, held at Barclays Head Office in Canary Wharf.  The sessions will take place from 6-8pm on Tuesday 18 February, Tuesday 11 March and Tuesday 01 April 2014. Please note, it is compulsory you attend all three sessions.

Each of the sessions is hosted by six or seven members of the Barclays Litigation team.  The Litigation team is made up predominantly of qualified solicitors, but includes some trainee solicitors on secondment to the team from panel law firms.  This provides the team with a wide range of experience on which to draw from for the purposes of the mentoring sessions.

If you would like to take part, please email the following details to

Full name:
Email address (personal):
Mobile Number:
Year of graduation:
Please note, we have space for 30 students so slots will be assigned on a first come first served basis

 The sessions will cover the following topics:
Session 1 (6-8pm, 18 February 2014) – Who we are and how we got here

A high-level overview of how to become a lawyer (covering LPC / BVC, training contracts, pupilages, and alternative routes into the profession);
Two or three team-members profiles (covering individual backgrounds and routes into the profession); and
A short presentation on how to research the legal profession and law firms (where to obtain information; different areas of law; finding a suitable firm; being realistic; keeping an eye on legal developments; in house and private practice

Session 2 (6-8pm, 11 March 2014) – Legal CVs and Application Forms

Tips on preparing a CV relevant to the legal profession;
Tips on how to tackle law firm / Training Contract application forms; and
Ideas of CV boosters (FRU, CAB / law centres, technical / industry experience that may be useful as a lawyer, other activities?);

Break out session for focussed small group / volunteer discussion time.

Session 3 (6-8pm, 01 April 2014) – Interviews / Assessment Days / Vacation Schemes / Mini- Pupilages / Work Experience         

General discussion on good and bad interviewee behaviours and   interview preparation;
Typical interview questions, and how to show an interviewer you have what they are looking for;
Overview of an Assessment Day;
What to expect and how to shine on Vacation Schemes and Work Experience placements;


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