Develop employability while studying law at Kent

Develop employability while studying law at Kent

October 10, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I think one of the things that’s really
important to us at Kent Law School is preparing students for successful
careers once they’ve left us. Kent teaches you to think outside the
box which I found really useful in practice, not just the problem in
front of you but thinking around at what the client wants and the bigger picture.
Kent open my eyes and broadened my mind and I realised that there is so much out
there that I could possibly do. One of the things that we offer at Kent Law School is a wide range of practical skills and experiential learning. So we
offer practical skills modules in mooting, in negotiation, in mediation and
in client interviewing. Students learn the confidence, they learn by doing, they
learn that they can. Mooting essentially is a way for law students to apply what they
learn in the classroom so when you’re in lectures and when you’re in seminars
you’re soaking in information but when you’re mooting you’re given a case that
you actually have to argue before a judge. So essentially you’re encouraged
to develop your research skills, your writing skills and your oral
presentation skills and argue a case which is great because it’s application
of the law. We offer a client interviewing module where we teach the students how
to interview clients by offering listening techniques, questioning
techniques, and they do it in an educational context in a simulated law
office. Well, it actually provides them skills how to become a lawyer and
putting into practice what they’ve learned and the theoretical context.
We have a full-time employability officer whose job it is to
ensure our students are as employable as they possibly can be and she does this
by creating lots of opportunities, mini work experience opportunities, connecting
students up with alumni, preparing them for interviews, helping with CVs. The Kent
Law Clinic it’s a very important part of what we do here it is basically a pro-
bono legal advice service. It’s won many, many awards over the years. It’s one of
the oldest clinics in the country and certainly the best developed. The main
reason that I chose to study here was Kent Law Clinic. So I came to visit
Kent on an open day and began to understand what their Law Clinic does, which is ultimately providing legal advice free to those that can’t afford
it. And what it means on a practical level is we employ lawyers to work with students
on the files of real clients. I’ve absolutely loved being part of the Law
Clinic. It’s brought what I’m learning into a real-life perspective. My work isn’t just spent on my own education but my work is a lot more
driven to helping people in the real world and you really do see the
difference that it makes to individuals. I really enjoyed studying Law at Kent. I made friends for life and professional connections as well aside from the
excellent teaching at Kent which obviously set me up academically for
working in the legal career. I was vice-president of the Kent Student Law Society while I was at Kent and that meant I was able to network with both big city
firms and also regional firms and that helps prepare me from when I was
applying for jobs. Professionally, I think above all they take out of it an ability to think, an ability to solve problems, in coming up with creative solutions to
problems that seem intractable which ultimately is what people want graduates
to be able to do.