I’m Chantal and I am currently an undergraduate at the University of Leicester studying English and History, entering the final year of my degree! I am beginning my applications to undertake the GDL after graduating and working towards gaining a training contract in the near future. I am keen to help other non-law students and hope that I can achieve this by sharing my experience whilst navigating the legal world without a law degree!
An interview is an opportunity for a firm to really get to know you – so the only thing that you need to be is yourself. Sadly, there is no real solution to interview nerves. However, there are a few techniques which can help you to build confidence and thrive when panic begins to set in.
Having sent off all your applications, it can feel as though the only thing left to do is to sit and wait. While waiting is part of it, it is important that you remain productive and ready for when the waiting is finally over. It is impossible to know what will be waiting around the corner, but there is no harm in taking the time to improve and prepare.
Your first encounters with the legal world as a non-law student can generate many new experiences and a few unfamiliar feelings. As with anything new, it can take some getting used to. Therefore, some reassurance that you are not the only one who feels that way can go a long way.
Whether you are applying for an insight evening, vacation scheme or training contract, you are likely to encounter an application form at some point. Whether it is your first or twentieth time completing an application, ensuring that it not only caters to the firm but also reflects your personality is an essential step towards future success.
One of the key areas that will continually develop over the course of your legal studies, experiences and future career is the ability to carry out legal research. Here are a few tips that may be helpful in beginning to find your feet in legal research.