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Your third-year university checklist

updated on 29 January 2021

As you start the third year of your university degree (law or non-law), you are one step closer to your dream job at your dream law firm. We have created a checklist to help you stay organised in your final year:

  • As you start your third year, it’s time to research potential employers and apply for training contracts more intensively. Create a shortlist of firms to focus your applications on. This will help you to tailor your applications. ‘Copy and paste’ applications will not secure you a training contract – recruiters will see right through them. Read LCN’s guide to training contract applications for more advice.
  • Aspiring barristers in the final year of a law degree should apply to take a Bar course – this is a mandatory stage of training to become a barrister.
  • Non-law students in their final year can apply for a place on a law conversion from September in the Autumn term.
  • Maintain an interest in legal and business news throughout your third year. It’s not enough to just read the news, you must also be analysing it and considering how it could affect a law firm’s clients, the practice areas and the law firm itself, as a business. Find out more about commercial awareness, its importance and how to build yours with LCN’s commercial awareness dedicated hub.
  • Continue to get involved with your university’s law society; engage and make the most out of the opportunities on offer (eg, mooting) and use your university’s careers service while it is still available to you.
  • While there is lots to be getting on with during your third year, taking time for yourself is still important and it always will be. Make selfcare a regular part of your routine – find what works for you and give yourself the time you need to practise this.
  • If you’ve reached the end of your LLB and are unsure whether a career in law is right for you, take a look at LCN’s alternative careers section to see what else you can do with your degree.

LCN’s checklists for first-year and second-year students are also available to read.