Government Legal Service – Careers Start Here!

With so many career paths available to law graduates, many students have no idea what avenue they wish to take after leaving University with their LLB’s. However, a smaller cohort know that they specifically want to be a barrister, solicitor, human rights activist, corporate lawyer or indeed work within the public sector. If you are one of those who knows that they want to be fast-tracked to work within the civil service after graduation, then Open Days offer a crucial insight into your future career, and more importantly an opportunity to network among people who may ultimately be your future colleagues.


HMRC will host two open days in December 2017, both of which are for graduates or undergraduates who want to find out more about the work of lawyers and trainees in HMRC. Each open day will host workshops, discussions and networking opportunities, with current legal trainees and qualified lawyers within HMRC.


These open days will be held on Friday 1st December and Thursday 14th December, and are not to be missed! All you have to do is submit a 250 word paragraph explaining why you would like to attend, by no later than 5pm on 20th October 2017. Thankfully, the OU careers service is always on hand and has offer the following tips to help you draft a compelling and irresistible 250 word statement, which will help prove that you are an ideal candidate to attend the Open Days. The careers website has general guidance on application forms, though the written 250 words statement doesn’t quite fit into this, therefore it will be useful for students to keep in mind the following tips when completing it:

  • Research into HMRC solicitors office and the Government Legal Service
  • Link why you are applying  to what interests you about this area (the research should provide information)
  • What do you hope to get out of attending the open day/ what is your motivation for attending
  • How the open day will help in clarifying career goals
  • Anything else that you think is relevant

For more information about the day, and the brief application process, please read the full description sheet here. Students can also get some advice on their statement, as well as any other questions that you may have in regards your future career options, from a, OU careers adviser here.


Written by:

James Sudworth – OULS Chair


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