Careers, Employability & Your Future
Employability and the School of Law
Studying at Bangor Law School is about so much more than learning: it is also about preparing for employment. We are focussed on helping students to improve their career prospects by developing the skills that are in demand by employers and facilitating opportunities to gain crucial work experience.
Through our continuous work in developing contacts with legal practitioners across the UK, we have developed a programme of work placements with a number of law firms and corporations. Our contacts in the legal sector have also been instrumental in developing the annual Law Fair, during which students are able to network with a range of local employers. These activities are complemented by regular careers talks from guest speakers.
Through the support of legal practitioners in the local area we have also been able to conduct specialist module workshops recently, which allow students to discuss and debate issues they have encountered in class with experienced professionals.
Bangor Students' Law Society
The award-winning Bangor Students' Law Society organises a calendar of events intended to complement what is learnt in lectures and to expand students' career prospects. These include the annual Moot Court competitions (in which teams of students take part in simulated court proceedings) and the opportunity to obtain the BPP Certificate in Commercial Awareness.
Together, the Law School and the Society provide a dynamic learning environment that accelerates students' development and prepares them for life after graduation, be it in the legal profession, further study or another industry altogether.
Innocence Project and Street Law
The Innocence Project and Street Law see students applying their legal education to real-life situations and to make a difference, whether that may be through overturning a wrongful conviction or distributing legal knowledge amongst local communities and schools. These activities are an impressive addition to any CV and help to nurture all-important analytical, communication, presentation and teamwork skills.
Both School and Society work continuously to develop links with the legal industry to ensure that all available opportunities are to the utmost benefit of Bangor University Law School's students and graduates.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
Working while you Study
The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau. They advertise the following opportunities:
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
- GO Wales opportunties
To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.