Matthew Dow

Matthew Dow

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.



Commercial awareness – useful learning tools to boost your theoretical knowledge

Watching, reading, and listening to the news is invaluable for an aspiring law student, but is it enough? Following the news passively is a limited way of gaining commercial awareness. This blog provides a few specific and versatile sources to increase your understanding in a more rounded way.


Professionalism – an important consideration

Acting professionally is a broad, ambiguous role requirement for junior lawyers – one that is essential when interacting with colleagues and clients. After all, it is one’s professionalism that helps to create the trusted adviser persona to which most junior lawyers aspire. This article examines a number of traits that typify model professionals.


The GDL – my view a year later

It has almost been a year since I finished the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), aka the conversion course. With this in mind, I thought that it was worth reflecting on what I would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight. This includes the lessons learned regarding the job search, as well as academically.


Working long hours – a reflection

No matter where you work in the legal sector, you will be working hard to succeed. However, working hard is not synonymous with working late or weekends. Putting in the hours at work is not as important as using those hours wisely. Actively choosing the tasks that you work late on can be a major influence on your future work-life balance. Over the long term, this effective work-life balance management will be a key driver in your career success.