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Other ways to find schemes and open days. A guide to legal work experience. The legal sector is an extremely competitive occupational area.

A guide to legal work experience

Legal work experience. Evidence of work experience is now a requisite part of any training contract application.

Legal work experience

You'll need more than just top marks and a determined look on your face to land yourself a job. It's no longer right to think of a training contract (or even a vac scheme) as the first stage in your career. The first stage should be gaining some relevant substantive work experience. Besides giving you a chance to hone key skills and find out exactly what being a professional entails, work experience demonstrates your commitment to your chosen career path. “Without it how would you know what practice areas you're interested in?” Vacation schemes compared. When and how to apply for vacation schemes in law firms. Law firms rely on summer, winter and spring vacation schemes as part of the wider recruitment process for training contracts.

When and how to apply for vacation schemes in law firms

Otherwise known as vacation placements (it's worth noting that the law sector doesn't tend to refer to them as internships), they are formal periods of work experience within a law firm lasting between one and three weeks – with the added bonus of a pay cheque of up to £300 per week. Open days. Below is a list of law firm open days in 2015/16.

Open days

This page will be updated soon to cover 2016/17 open days once information is available. We have only included firms which informed us they have an open day or similar programme. Most of the firms listed below are large national or City firms. Eight ways to impress law firms on open days. Law firms’ open days – also known as workshops within some firms – are designed to give you a brief insight into the firm and how its trainee solicitors fit in.

Eight ways to impress law firms on open days

Firms run them throughout the year and they are aimed at both law and non-law students. Some firms offer open days to second years and beyond (while running specific schemes for first years known as ‘insight days’); others invite all year groups to apply for their open days. Think of open days as an interactive brochure: as well as featuring office tours, talks and presentations, they often include opportunities to meet trainees and other staff.

‘Work experience and open days are an invaluable opportunity to see what working in a law firm is really like,’ says Harry McEnaney, trainee recruitment assistant at Slaughter and May. ‘Often students jump to conclusions based on reputation, but this isn’t always the reality. Harry reveals his open day do’s and don’ts. Pro bono Initiatives. Find a Solicitor - The Law Society. Home - Do-It - for good. Get Involved - Justice. Law fairs - meet lawyers and learn about their firms. Student Guide to Law firms, training contracts and legal careers. Work placement scheme deadlines. This page provides a list of firms' vacation scheme deadlines.

Work placement scheme deadlines

You should also check out the training contract deadlines list. The best way for you to collate all of those vacation scheme deadlines that are of interest is to save the firm to your MyLCN account, where the related deadlines will be automatically added to your personal MyCalendar. Just click 'Add to MyLCN' on the firm’s directory page. Looking for a vacation scheme? Put yourself in front of top firms at the CityLawLIVE student conference to be held in London on Friday 9 December. Disclaimer: While we make every effort to ensure that information on LawCareers.Net is correct, we cannot take responsibility for any inaccuracies. The Solicitors Pro Bono Group. Legal Work Experience. Legal work experience is the essential part of the staple diet of any future lawyer; it’s the protein to the fruit and veg of your legal qualifications.

Legal Work Experience

Take a look at the articles below for law work experience inspiration. Law firm open days By Jos Weale, Managing Editor, AllAboutLaw Many law firms offer open days as an option for undergraduates and graduates, both from law and non-law degrees, to come into their offices and find out more about what they do. An open day, also known as an insight day, is like a first date... Marshalling By Rajesh Vora For those of you who are not aware, marshalling involves shadowing a judge. Visiting the courts By Jennivive Maynard, BPTC graduate Visiting the courts is one of the most important things that aspiring solicitors and barristers can do. Law gap year By Billy Sexton, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk. Volunteering with the Citizens Advice network.

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Take our quiz to find out which of our many volunteer roles would be best for you! Search for local opportunities, including trustee roles, fill out a quick online form and your local Citizens Advice will get in touch with you to discuss options. Do you have good listening skills? Perhaps you'd be interested in being a telephone assessor for our national phone service. Interested in supporting witnesses in courts? Work Experience. Employers want more than a degree; they look for a range of relevant skills and experiences.

Work Experience

Find out more in our Work Experience Guide in our downloads. Volunteering.