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Solicitors from Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Mayer Brown join experts from BPP University Law School, NOTICED and PRIME to help prep students — for free — ahead of the training contract application deadline

With exams over, and law students’ attention turning once more to training contract applications, Legal Cheek is bringing together a host of leading City lawyers, legal educators and diversity organisations for an evening of careers advice and networking.

‘How to make it as a City lawyer’ takes place on the evening of Thursday 6 July at BPP University Law School in Holborn, central London. It kicks off at 6pm with a panel discussion featuring Hogan Lovells partner Chris Hutton, Herbert Smith Freehills associate Siddhartha Shukla and Mayer Brown associate Emma Sturt.

They will be joined by BPP University LPC lecturer Charlie Radcliffe in a Q&A chaired by Legal Cheek features editor Katie King. Students — who can apply to attend the free event below — will be able to ask the speakers any questions they like during the Question Time-style session.

Afterwards there will be drinks and networking with the speakers, trainees from their firms and representatives from NOTICED and PRIME, two high profile City law diversity networks.

The lawyers on the panel each entered the profession from very different backgrounds. State school-educated Chris Hutton secured his training contract after studying law at Cambridge. He is now an active member of Hogan Lovells’ PRIDE Committee. Sid Shukla made it to Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office after growing up in a small town in one of India’s poorest states. He is now the co-chair of NOTICED. And Emma Sturt got her start at Mayer Brown having previously worked as a civil engineer. Look out for articles about their career stories on Legal Cheek over the next few weeks.

Apply to attend ‘How to make it as a city lawyer’. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel. The CVs of those offered places will be shared with the graduate recruitment teams of the organisations on the panel.

Students of all levels are welcome, but places are limited.