Swansea University recognises the Department's Employability Initiatives

At the Department of Shipping and Trade Law, we have adopted a well-round approach to the education we offer to our LLM students and we therefore aim at preparing them for their professional life after graduation.

To that end, we not only equip our students with a solid legal background but we also take initiatives to develop their Careers skills. Our LLM students' employability is certainly  a priority for the Department and we therefore organise a number of careers skills events throughout the year, such as CV writing and interviewing skills, mooting, careers and other networking events, just to name a few.

Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) has recognised the Department's excellence in terms of employability and presented two awards to members of the Department at the SEA Annual dinner on 9 June 2016.

SEA acknowledged Miss Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford's pivotal role in developing our LLM students’ transferable skills vital to a career as a legal practitioner through the provision of mooting training and the organisation of the internal LLM mooting competition. Tabetha has provided invaluable assistance to students above and beyond that required from her in her academic role. She was always available to coach and train the students and supported them in every respect. The LLM mooting competition final was held on 24 February by invitation at the Supreme Court in Parliament Square before the august and urbane Lord Clarke and his judicial assistant, Kabir Bhalla. Her efforts bore fruit as Lord Clarke noted his approval of the realism and complexity of the moot problem, but more importantly praised fulsomely the quality of arguments offered by the students, commenting particularly on their ability to think on their feet and respond to sophisticated queries from the Bench. This is testament to Tabetha’s work in preparing students and helping them boost their employment prospects through the acquisition and practice of legal skills.

SEA Employability Award (2016-1)

Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott with Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford and Theodora Nikaki

SEA also recognised the importance of Associate Professor Theodora Nikaki's initiative to organise a Careers & Networking Fair on 9 March 2016 for Law students within the College of Law and Criminology. Its execution was very professional and has certainly helped Swansea College of Law & Criminology to enhance its reputation. The Fair attracted 18 exhibitors from an impressive range of local and international law firms, P & I clubs and insurance companies, such as Capital Law, Ince & Co, Holman Fenwick Willan, Eversheds, Withy King LLP, Douglas-Jones Mercer, Conveylaw, JCP Solicitors, the Standard P&I Club and Gard P&I Club. The Fair was open to all students at the College of Law who lost no time in attending the event and taking advantage of the opportunity it offered to meet and talk face-to-face with representatives from organisations specialising in a large number of different areas of law. More than 100 law students, studying on our LLB, LLM, LPC and GDL courses, attended the Fair. Representatives from the firms commented that they were impressed by not only the organisation of the Fair but also the quality of our students and their excellent preparation for their future professional life.

Last but not least, two of our LLM students, Miss Ojonoka Elizabeth Agudah and Mr Vincent Obunwo Ogbumgbada have been awarded  a certificate for their active role in promoting SEA 's employability initiatives to their peers in their capacity as LLM Employability representatives.

SEA Employability Award (2016-2)

Theodora Nikaki and Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford with Miss Ojonoka Elizabeth Agudah, Mr Vincent Obunwo Ogbumgbada amd Mrs Andrea Mateo