Law Society & Bar Society Tropical Boat Ball
Every year the Law Society and the Bar Society jointly run a fantastic boat ball at the end of Semester 2. This is a fun social event to give members the opportunity to celebrate the end of their exams and to socialise with everyone before the end of the university term. It is also a great chance for the two societies to come together and for everyone to get dressed up (there's usually a theme!). The party takes place on a boat and we also hire a DJ, photographer and photo mirror to make the night even more spectacular. This is always one of the members favourite events of the year.
Law Freshers Mixer sponsored by Clifford Chance
This is one of the first events held by the Law Society of the year. In 2019 the event was sponsored by Clifford Chance and it took place at Revolution Bar in Southampton. This is a fun, social event which gives new members to socialise with current members and get to know the society. It is also a great way to get everyone together at the start of the year, after a long summer apart. We like to use this event as a way of re-connecting the society, ready for the next year ahead and it is the perfect way for members to have a catch up.
LLB to TC Talk by Burgees Salmon
Representatives from Burges Salmon visited our campus to give a talk on the journey from completing your LLB Law degree to securing a well-deserved Training Contract. The event was truly insightful for first years who got to learn about the general application process and what can be expected from a Training Contract. The firm highlighted their own positive work culture and spoke about some of their specific opportunities such as the ability to take a gap year between graduation and starting your Training Contract.
Diversity in Law by HSF
Herbert Smith Freehills sent some of their Southampton University alumni to talk about the firm’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Members learnt about their ‘Leading for Inclusion 2018-21’ strategy, their diversity networks and their gender targets. The talk was followed by an informal networking session where everyone was free to ask more general questions about life as a trainee/associate at Herbert Smith Freehills.
How to make a Successful Law Firm Application by LawCareers.Net
Bethany Wren of LawCareers.Net gave a talk about what it takes to write a genuinely compelling application that will grab recruiters’ attention for all the right reasons. As well as covering the core aspects of good application technique, top tips and do’s and don’ts there was also an interactive section which looked in depth at two of the most common questions on legal application forms. Bethany stressed that the application is the most important interaction with a potential employer and also the hardest to get right so it is important to spend time making it the best it can possibly be.
Professional Headshots Events sponsored by NRF
The University of Southampton Law Society hired a professional photographer to take headshots of all members ready for their LinkedIn profiles and future applications. This whole event was kindly sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright and proved very popular. There high uptake for this opportunity means it will definitely be returning next year.
Banners 2019 sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson
Our annual Banners tournament is a charity event in memory of former Southampton Law School student, Arijit Banerjee, who sadly passed away due to mental health reasons. This year saw a variety of teams compete in Netball and Football tournaments with and Glen Eyre Lost Girls Netball and BusSoc Football becoming reigning champions. Many thanks to Womble Bond Dickinson for fielding both a Netball and Football team on the day and sponsoring the event. In total we raised £250 for Solent Mind, a mental health charity in the local area.
Virtual ‘How to Secure a Training Contract’ by Clifford Chance
Clifford Chance held an exclusive ‘How to Secure a Training Contract’ webinar for Southampton Law Society members. Their Graduate Recruitment team provided an opportunity to hear more about firm gave some top tips for the application process.
Non Law to Law by Reed Smith
Reed Smith kindly hosted an event for any students who are not currently studying law but are interested in a legal career. The event provided the perfect opportunity for students to ask questions and then network with Reed Smith’s representatives who have been through the process.
An evening at ‘Winter in Hollywood’ sponsored by White & Case saw the Law Society join up with Bar Society to close out the first semester with a red carpet. The night included a three-course meal, the prestigious Law Awards (As voted for by Members of both Societies) and a raffle. The whole event was enjoyed by all who attended and luckily well documented too by professional photographers and a photo booth.
Pro Bono Quiz by Womble Bond Dickinson
Our Pro Bono Quiz Night, sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson, sold out and was a massive success. The event follow a classic ‘Pub Quiz’ format meaning that it was accessible for all and allowed us to raise £203 for LawWorks.
You be the Judge Quiz with ULaw
A LawSoc x ULaw Quiz Night with a legal twist saw teams working out the verdict reached by judges in various scenarios, without requiring any specific legal knowledge. The event was good fun for all with free drinks won by the winning teams at the end of each round and the overall winners walking away with their own gavel.
University Challenge with Clifford Chance
The University of Southampton Law Society organised and hosted the first 'Law Society University Challenge' in Southampton. Law Society teams from Winchester, Portsmouth, Surrey, UWE & SOAS competed against us with the hope of being crowned the winning team. Congratulations to our Southampton Law Society team for winning the competition: Lucas, Maya, Kelly & Benita we are all so proud. As the event was sponsored by Clifford Chance they were lucky enough to win £50 vouchers and goodie bags as prizes! The event was a big success so we look forward to trying to retain our title next year.
Negotiation Competition & Final with Moore Blatch
Well done to all the competitors in this years Negotiation Competition and special congratulations to Matthew Warner and Bella Cordwell for winning. In what was a very close final, the judges from the competition’s sponsor Moore Blatch found them to be the deserving team and awarded them work experience placements as part of their prize. All four finalists really impressed the judges and received excellent feedback.
Commercial Awareness with Womble Bond Dickinson
Our Law Society welcomed Sasha Taylor from Womble Bond Dickinson who gave a very informative presentation on Commercial Awareness. The interactive talk included an in-depth discussion about key trends within Legal Technology such as artificial intelligence, smart contracts and blockchain. She also helped our members to understand the commercial impact of the Coronavirus with regards to transportation and tourism. Her key tips to improve your own commercial awareness involved reading the BBC News app, following the Economist/Financial Times on Instagram for headlines and listening to legal podcasts or Radio 4 debate programmes. All of these things will help you understand and form opinions on relevant business topics and new.