Leading Employability Support
At BARBRI, we understand that the path to a successful legal career is not always linear. We also know that some of you will have more experience than others when you start your SQE journey with us.
The BARBRI Careers and Employability Service can help you make informed decisions about how to best progress your career. Whether it's finding the right job or internship for you, building your CV, or improving interview skills, we'll be there every step of the way.
We help you identify what areas of law, practice and environment are most suited to your interests and experience, develop an effective marketing strategy for yourself, and provide guidance on building strong relationships with future employers. We also offer advice on how to write an effective CV and cover letter, prepare for interviews, and negotiate salaries.
- professionalism and judgement;
- technical legal practice;
- working with others;
- managing yourself at work.
- on placement during a sandwich degree;
- working in a law clinic;
- at a voluntary or charitable;
- organisation such as Citizen Advice or a law centre;
- working as a paralegal (either in a law firm or an in-house legal department);
- on a training contract.
- a placement during a sandwich degree;
- volunteering in a law clinic or other charitable organisation;
- paralegalling (both in-house and in private practice); or
- a training contract.
No, but from an employability perspective, it would be sensible to avoid a lengthy gap between passing your SQE exams and your QWE. If you complete your QWE with more than one organisation, then a short gap between each role is unlikely to put you at a disadvantage. However, you must try to avoid lengthy periods away from work or studies. This is a risk as it makes you less attractive as a candidate, particularly for competitive roles with high-profile employers.
Qualifying Work Experience (QWE)
At BARBRI, we are committed to opening opportunities to all and understand that navigating your journey through the SQE and obtaining QWE can be challenging. We have partnered with several industry-leading organisations to help you understand and secure QWE including CheekyLittleCareers, Strive, Little Law, Taylor Root, MLA, and Elevate amongst others, along with a job search engine powered by Indeed through the CareerHub.
For more on Qualifying Work Experience please visit our FAQ page.
We're here to help you on your career and employability journey. Whether you're a current student or a recent graduate of BARBRI, we want to make sure that you get the most out of your time with us.
We offer services at every stage of your education, from commercial awareness workshops embedded into your SQE curriculum to networking sessions and more.
We recently collaborated with Little Law to bring you a free guide to the SQE. In this guide, we'll walk you through what we do, how we do it, and how you can take advantage of our expertise during your time at BARBRI.
Whether you're just starting to plan your SQE journey or you're a seasoned professional looking for your next step, we want to support you in making the best moves for your career. That's why we've created the BARBRI CareerHub—designed to get you career ready.
The CareerHub offers a wide variety of resources, including an AI based CV checker, cover letter creator, interview simulator, psychometric tests along with a catalogue of careers focused content. It also includes a dynamic job search engine, which lists a range of vacancies across different sectors and practice areas.
If you're not a BARBRI student yet, you can sign up to BARBRI HeadStart to get a sneak preview of CareerHub and use some of our career resources!
We’ve partnered with The SQuarE Route to offer BARBRI students the opportunity to secure a quality and career-enhancing 6-month period of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) at top law firms and corporations.
Entries are now open for all BARBRI SQE1 40-Week Prep Course students who are preparing for the July 2024 SQE1 exam!
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