Why STEM students make great lawyers 2019 — with Allen & Overy, Bristows, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Reed Smith and more

Thursday 14 November at LexisNexis, London; open to STEM students and graduates only

This year’s STEM Future Lawyers panel discussion and law fair takes place on the evening of Thursday 14 November at LexisNexis in central London.

The flagship event for science, technology, engineering and maths students interested in legal careers features lawyers and graduate recruitment teams from leading London-based global law firms.

It commences with a short introduction from LexisNexis followed by a panel discussion with Allen & Overy, Bristows, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Reed Smith. Speakers from these firms will share their experiences of how they became lawyers after originally studying STEM subjects. They will also explain how their STEM backgrounds have helped them in their legal careers.

As the legal profession embraces new technology to become more efficient, those who possess a combination of legal and tech skills have found themselves in high demand. Over the years ahead, these multi-skilled STEM lawyers will have an important role to play as law firms re-imagine their traditional structures to accommodate artificial intelligence and other lawtech.

Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: LexisNexis, London Farringdon
Level: Students, Graduates

Not that lawyers with science backgrounds are an entirely new thing. Firms like Bristows, which specialise in areas including technology, intellectual property (IP) and life sciences, have long traditions of hiring STEM graduates who convert to law.

After the panel discussion there will be a law fair, drinks, nibbles and networking, with further law firms including Bird & Bird, Gowling WLG, Mayer Brown, Pinsent Masons and Travers Smith. A host of trainee solicitors with STEM backgrounds will be on hand to chat informally about their career journeys to date. Also in attendance will be BPP University Law School, announcing this year’s STEM Future Lawyers-BPP Graduate Diploma in Law Scholarship.

This event is open to STEM students and graduates only. Apply to attend below. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel. Please note that, subject to consent, the details of those offered places will be shared with the aforementioned firms’ graduate recruitment teams.