SEAL replicates a full recruitment process, allowing delegates the opportunity to enhance and develop their employability skills.

By providing clear evidence and individualised feedback from expert assessors, delegates can use their unique programme report to recognise their own strengths and development areas, before they apply for work experience or graduate programmes.

The programme delivers a range of assessments and exercises that are closely aligned to those used within the legal sector, and feedback is based on the exceptionally high standards the profession sets when recruiting. Specifically, the programme focuses on five key areas vital for both legal and general graduate careers:

  • Verbal comprehension
  • Analytical skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Career motivation
  • Digital skills

SEAL can be implemented with student cohorts ranging from 25 to over 500, with a typical programme taking 6-8 weeks. The programme can easily be integrated into academic modules, student award programmes, and existing faculty or university-wide employability strategies.

How SEAL differs to other employability programmes:

There are four key factors that make SEAL a unique employability programme.

  1. It mirrors a full recruitment process, from start to end.
  2. It provides thorough, individualised digital feedback to the delegates in a timely manner, meaning they can easily remember assessments and link their feedback to their own recollections of the activity.
  3. It provides follow up development opportunities, such as skills sessions and employability resources tailored to the students’ feedback.
  4. Finally, and most importantly, the programme integrates self-evaluation opportunities, allowing the individual to develop their self-awareness.

Programme structure:

To mirror the legal sector’s recruitment processes, the complete SEAL programme consists of the following 5 stages:

Step 1: Online application and/or CV and covering letter

Step 2: Psychometric testing: verbal reasoning test and Watson Glaser test

Step 3: Video interview – using both competency and strengths assessments

Step 4: An assessment centre consisting of a written exercise, presentation and group exercise

Step 5: Follow up development skills sessions and resources, formed into different streams based on students’ development areas

SEAL is designed to be completed within an academic term, allowing its attendees to learn and develop ahead of typical recruitment cycles.