Carey Olsen has launched a new interactive work experience programme specially designed for Jersey students interested in learning more about a career in law. This new addition to the firm's well-established student offering will bring a unique initiative to the island’s legal sector.

Carey Olsen’s Legal Activity Week (CO LAW), which is open to those who are currently studying for their AS Levels or equivalent, aims to provide students with an understanding of the different types of law practised in Jersey and the career opportunities available within the legal profession.

The unpaid activity week is from Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August 2013 and will be held in Carey Olsen’s Jersey offices. Successful students will; participate in interactive presentations from lawyers who are experts in their chosen field, accompany Advocates to the Jersey Courts to observe cases, attend property transaction site visits and receive career guidance from highly experienced lawyers and HR professionals. Throughout the week, students will also participate in a Mooting Competition, which will provide them with an opportunity to present a legal argument against opposing counsel and a judging panel, with a prize awarded to the top performing team. This competition will enable students to develop their confidence in public speaking, legal research and presentation skills, which are all key attributes of a successful lawyer.   

Felicity Bell, HR manager at Carey Olsen, said: “Having spoken to a number of local schools, we became acutely aware of the limited legal work experience opportunities in existence for students prior to the end of their secondary education. To combat this, we have designed a new scheme which is geared toward providing students with an understanding of the realities of the legal profession before applying to University. The knowledge and skills developed over the course of the week will not only help to encourage the next generation of talent to consider a career in law but also provide substance to support their UCAS applications and future job prospects. With continuing challenges ahead for students wishing to enter the employment market, a strong foundation of work experience in their chosen profession will be crucial to success."  

The firm wants to hear from students who have an excellent academic background, strong communication skills and are enthusiastic to learn more about a career in the legal sector. Only those who are available to attend the scheme between 12 and 16 August will be considered.  

Students can apply by completing the online application form available under the careers section of the Carey Olsen website (www.careyolsen.com/careers/). All applications must be made before Friday 17 May. Shortlisted applicants will undergo a further selection process commencing in June 2013.  

The introduction of the CO LAW will further strengthen the firm's support of local students and ensure the next generation of talent have access to timely, highly interactive and engaging work experience within a legal environment. The scheme is structured so that once successful students from the 2013 CO LAW have decided to study toward legal qualification, they will be in a strong position to apply for Carey Olsen’s Bursary and Summer Placement opportunities. As a Bursary Student, budding lawyers will have access to eight weeks' paid employment throughout the year across the firm's practice groups, detailed career guidance and a generous term-time grant. As an alternative, the Summer Placement Scheme offers students a period of paid work experience over the summer months in a single area of practice.  

For further information please contact Felicity Bell, HR manager, tel: 01534 822487, email: felicity.bell@careyolsen.com or Sarah Barnes, HR Administrator, tel: 01534 822349, email: sarah.barnes@careyolsen.com.