Employability & Skills Initiative (E&SI)2020-05-11T14:18:08+00:00

Employability & Skills Initiative

The Employability and Skills Initiative (E&SI) is a series of professionally run lectures, seminars and workshops. The sessions are primarily run by legal professionals, and local and national recruiters, with the aim of helping students build the skills that employers value.

This Semester’s E&SI Schedule

This semester’s E&SI events can be found below. These events will be updated regularly. Most E&SI events are part of a Certificate, which you can attain by attending a certain number of events.

More information about the certificates can be found at the bottom of this page.

By attending 7 or more E&SI events throughout the academic year, you can add E&SI to your HEAR (UG students only). Find out more here.

Below you can also find events run by the Careers Service with law firms, or employers who are looking recruit Law graduates.

IMPORTANT: E&SI events are open to all students in the Law School, however if you book onto an event you have an obligation to attend. If you can no longer attend an event please email law- seo@sheffield.ac.uk

This programme is subject to change. Please check this programme for updates before attending events

E&SI Certificates

You can find more information about the certificate and planned events here: 

Applications certificate 2019-20

These dates may be subject to change, so please check the Law Student Community website for up to date information and to sign up nearer the time of the events.

Students who attend any four of the events will be given the Applications Certificate. All students taking the Applications Certificate are encouraged to attend the Careers Service’s Mock Assessment Centres. Check Career Connect for times and to sign up.

The minimum number of workshops for the Commercial Awareness Certificates has been changed for the academic year 2019-20. This was decided because the final workshop had to be cancelled due to the lockdown. The certificate will be awarded by the School of Law to students who attend 3 of the 5 workshops and complete the PebblePad resources. Your certificate will list all the Commercial Awareness workshops that you attended.

The following dates may be subject to change, so please check the Law Student Community website for up to date information and to sign up nearer the time of the events.

  • Commercial Awareness 1: Understanding law firms and understanding their clients: an insight from Peter Crawford of Freeths LLP – Thursday 28 November 2019, 5-7pm
  • Commercial Awareness 2:  An introduction to Commercial awareness within ‘Big Law’: an insight from Ian Bagshaw at White and Case – Thursday 5 December 2019, 5-7pm
  • Commercial Awareness 3: Negotiating Skills: a view from practice from Ian Sellers who was previously was a partner at Clifford Chance and has also worked in-house at Permira – Wednesday 12 February, 5-7pm
  • Commercial Awareness 4: Commercial awareness within a litigation context: insight from Liz Henwood of BRM Solicitors – Thursday 27 February, 5-7pm
  • Commercial Awareness 5: Alternatives routes into the legal profession: life as a Trademark Attorney (Olivia Gregory – Appleyard Lees) – Thursday 12 March, 5-7pm

You can find more information about the certificate and planned events here:

Mooting Certificate 2019-20

These dates may be subject to change, so please check the Law Student Community website for up to date information and to sign up nearer the time of the events.

The purpose of the certificate is to introduce students to mooting which we believe to be a vital professional skills for students who wish to enter a wide variety of careers, including but not limited to the Bar.  We encourage all students to participate in mooting.

Students who attend any three of the four events will be given the Mooting Certificate.

You can find more information about the certificate and planned events here:

Legal Tech Certificate 2019-20

These dates may be subject to change, so please check the Law Student Community website for up to date information and to sign up nearer the time of the events.

The purpose of the certificate is to introduce students to the important and growing impact of technology on life and society and how this intersects with law and ethics. We start with the broad question of the ethical implications of new technologies including artificial intelligence and how the law does and should regulate this. 

We also consider the implications for legal practice and access to justice and the skills that students can develop to address the challenges and opportunities created by new technologies.  

The minimum number of workshops for the Legal Tech Certificates has been changed for the academic year 2019-20. This was decided because the final workshop could not go ahead as planned due to the lockdown and took place online instead. Students who attend any two of the five events will be given the Legal Tech Certificate. Your certificate will list all the Legal Tech workshops that you attended.

Important: please ensure that you sign the attendance register at the sessions you attend in order for them to count towards the Certificate. Certificates will be emailed to students who have attended the required amount of sessions in May/June. Please note that the certificates are separate to the HEAR.

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