At Express Solicitors we work closely with both Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Manchester University of Law by participating in their mentor schemes run by their law faculties. The objective of the mentor schemes is to enable students’ direct access to a qualified solicitor, who will volunteer their time and support students, giving them general advice on issues such as applying for a training contract, preparing for interviews and life within the legal profession. At Express we understand that it is essential for students to gain an insight into the legal practice, know how to build networks, and gain experience as well as self confidence. We hope that by taking part in such mentor schemes we contribute to helping a number of students achieve this.
Express Solicitors are currently assisting a number of students as part of this program and support is given on:
- Applying for a training contract – The solicitor’s own experiences. Tips on drafting CVs, covering letters.
- Preparing for interviews – What sorts of questions should students anticipate? What sort of qualities are firms looking for in a potential trainee?
- Life in a solicitor’s office – The sort of workload/responsibility students should expect. How should students approach their training contract? What should they expect from the job?
In addition to this scheme, the firm also provides seminars to law students on subjects such as the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of applying for a job, interview preparation and interview techniques.