How to get into law as a career changer — with Irwin Mitchell, Mayer Brown, Shearman & Sterling, 2 Temple Gardens and ULaw

Solicitors and barristers who’ve come into law from other industries share their experiences

Legal Cheek’s first event of the summer season is one for aspiring lawyers who hope to join the profession after previous careers in other industries.

Taking place at The University of Law (ULaw) Moorgate on the evening of Tuesday 21 May, ‘How to get into law as a career changer’ features a panel of leading lawyers: Peter Barker, a trainee solicitor at Irwin Mitchell; Emma Sturt, an associate in Mayer Brown‘s finance and banking team; James Stuart, a trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling; and Jack Harris, a barrister from 2 Temple Gardens specialising in property damage, personal injury, professional negligence and sports law cases. Each has come to the law after working in another sector.

They will be joined by John Watkins, ULaw’s director of employability, who has a raft of experience advising career changers. The session will be chaired by a Legal Cheek journalist.

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: ULaw London Moorgate
Level: Students, graduates

The quartet will answer audience questions in a Question Time-style panel discussion running from 6pm to 7:15pm. They will also share the secrets to their own success, while advising attendees on how they can best position themselves to obtain training contracts. They will look, too, to the future and give their views on what changes we can expect in the legal market.

Afterwards there will be an opportunity to chat informally with the speakers over drinks and nibbles.

Apply to attend. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel.