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The nights have drawn darker, the candles are lit and many pumpkin-spiced lattes will be drunk during this season. Importantly, the autumn/winter application cycle for training contracts and vacation schemes is now in full swing.
When I began applying for vacation schemes, questions about commercial awareness and how to demonstrate this scared me. For most applicants, it can send shivers down our spines as a well-educated solicitor asks us what we know about the commercial world and its implications for the future of the legal sector.
Mini-pupillages are short work experiences that involve shadowing a barrister in chambers for up to a week and learning about the particular practice area that they work in. In my experience, you’ll get a set of papers to analyse and then discuss them with the barrister at the end of the day.