Ahead of this year s application due date, York Uni second year Lee Turner discusses how he used his position with King & Wood Mallesons to bag a vac schemeAmong the factors that Lee Turner chose to study at York was because the university teaches law using a problem-based learning method that sees each student designated to their own law practice.

Of his university s innovative teaching style, he describes:

At York you are put into a student law office, containing 12 students. Every week you are offered two scenarios that you brainstorm together to recognize the legal principles involved in the issue and unwind the legal and contextual concerns that lie at the heart of it. Then you do your independent research and feedback on what you discovered. We do that for most modules, and in Legal Skills we frequently engage in mock customer interviews and even settlements with other student law practice.
It s excellent practice for commercial law a field that Turner is identified to pursue. He has actually simply moved a step more detailed towards this objective by protecting a vacation scheme at the London office of King Wood Mallesons (KWM), the global firm where he is currently York University s campus ambassador.
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Turner believes that the combination of problem-based learning and the KWM role has actually offered him an edge over students at more traditional universities, who tend to consider their job prospects at a later phase.

Being a school ambassador has been terrific, he says, not only in offering me experience of holding a position of responsibility but also in terms of establishing relationships at KWM, especially with its graduate recruitment department and trainees.

Drawn to KWM by its strong existence in Asia, Turner followed up a conference with the firm at a law fair and at KWM s open day in his first year with an application for its campus ambassador position this time in 2014. An evaluation day at KWM s City of London office followed, throughout which Turner and the other hopefuls were required to provide a presentation about how they would choose to spend 500 to promote the firm on campus.

Turner s Asian-themed occasion concept impressed the judges, and he emerged from a crowded field to protect the desired York KWM campus ambassador position one of 9 the firm provides around the country. The others are at the universities of Bristol, Durham, Nottingham, Warwick, Leeds, LSE, UCL, KCL and Manchester. You can apply for this year s positions here. Turner remembers:

The school supervisor interview was my very first experience of a City law office, and definitely being evaluated by one. It proved to be a great experience in the vac plan interview I just recently successfully finished, which comes as part of the campus supervisor role. For more detail visit http://www.lenderliabilitylawyer.com. Turner s primary obligation has actually been organising KWM s big occasion at York University in October in 2014 which he assisted protect a record attendance at through lecture shout-outs, social networks promo and a collaboration with Aspiring Solicitors, for which he is likewise an ambassador.

The Darlington-born novice has actually likewise been on hand to help students discover more about the firm throughout the year, providing them a steer about exactly what makes the worldwide giant various. In doing so, he has filled them in on the groundbreaking 2013 tie-up in between elite London firm SJ Berwin, leading Chinese attire King & Wood and Australian aristocrat Mallesons that saw KWM come into remaining in its present type.

As Turner has got to know the legal market, he has worked hard to develop his commercial awareness by checking out legal and financial news titles. It s that combination of broader market knowledge, understanding of the firm and ease with using the law to practical scenarios that he thinks got him the vac scheme. And his recommendations to first year students looking for to land the KWM campus manager function this year for which the deadline is 29 April develops on those principles. He comments:

Do the research into the firm. KWM is unique in a great deal of ways, and you have to show your awareness of that and why it interests you. It also helps to talk to previous school ambassador, even ones from other firms. They will provide you an understanding broadly into the interview process, which most students won t have actually experienced before.