What is one of the attributes of a candidate that is most sought-after by employers and training contract providers?
What can turn the tide in your favour at interview, and separate the excellent candidates from the weaker ones?
The Law Society aims to provide the means of giving students the best possible chance of securing their desired career. Whilst the term ‘commercial awareness’ can often seem vague, one of its many facets includes the ability to communicate and negotiate in a business situation. In order to promote and enhance such skills, we will be introducing a brand new competition – open to all years. The Lancaster University Law Society Negotiation Competition will focus on developing communication skills and encouraging participants to work within a team, to settle disputes through simulated face-to-face business negotiations. The importance of this cannot be understated, as many of you will find yourself in these very situations, perhaps on a daily basis, within your career. The aim is simple: to increase participants’ skills and awareness in relation to how negotiations are conducted, what makes a good negotiator, and to explore the mechanics of negotiation theory.
The Competition will begin in Week Two, with an introductory talk about how it will run for all those who are interested. Following this, for those selected to take part, a series of workshops shall be run so as to give participants more insight knowledge, and the requisite skills in negotiation, to take away and use within the main rounds of the competition, which will be judged by legal and business professionals.
We have secured interest from several commercial law firms who have recognised the incredible potential of this competition in making students more commercially aware, as well as improving other key skills such as communication and teamwork. This is an exciting opportunity for all years and one that will most certainly be a desirable addition to any CV. As well as the skills this competition seeks to enhance, it also gives participants the chance to meet new people and talk to people within different years.
Whilst we are a society focussed around the legal profession, in fact, the majority of disputes between businesses and individuals are settled not in court, but through negotiation and ‘peaceful’ resolution. Coupled with the fact that many law students have no desire to pursue a career in the legal profession, we felt it essential to offer students an all-new option, besides mooting, in order to reflect this.
We are incredibly excited for the launch of this competition as a fun and enlightening way to improve participants’ negotiation skills, as well as a chance to gain that ever elusive, commercial awareness!
This is guaranteed to be a popular event and places will be limited!
For further details, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Law Society Facebook page.