Hello! I am Matt, I completed my undergraduate in History and Politics at Oxford in 2014. I have pivoted to law after spending the last few years working in mobile marketing for King, the makers of Candy Crush. I have just finished the GDL and LLB extension at the University of Law, Bloomsbury. Finding a legal role is a meandering experience. I am keen to pass on any lessons learned.
January was a busy month for many aspiring lawyers. The new year entailed increased work demands following the holiday break, as well as study and exam pressures. Furthermore, most firms had their vacation scheme deadlines.
No doubt, this tug of war over your time meant that lots of your evenings and weekends were surrendered to researching, writing and refining applications. Therefore, it is unsurprising that many readers of this website, come the 31 January, breathed a collective sigh of relief. Applications were submitted – there was nothing else that could be done.
Many job advertisements feature questions that aim to demonstrate the candidate’s creative thinking and to reveal an insight into their personality.
As a lawyer, especially a junior lawyer, you are inevitably going to make mistakes. This does not mean that you are without agency though. What every lawyer can control is their reaction to making a mistake.
Proofreading may be the simplest way to improve your university grades. An effective proofread before the submission can also change an amateur job request into a strong, memorable application.