You’re at university (law or non-law) and want to know what you should be doing. Here’s a brief checklist to get you started:
Keep up with the business sections on newspapers’ websites to improve your commercial awareness, but also read the more specific legal press – a couple of the more reputable broadsheet newspapers also have great law sections.
Work with your university careers adviser on your application and interview technique, and start to think about where you might like to apply for a vacation scheme/mini-pupillage next year.
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Get some practical work experience at a law firm, barristers’ chambers or legal advice centre – this could count towards your QWE. Explore the range of diversity organisations that help future lawyers.
Go to law fairs, firm presentations and open days to meet people face to face.
Think about how to stand out by asking good questions (eg, about a recent deal, case or merger).
Continue to work hard at your academic studies. Recruiters want to see exemplary grades and yes, your first-year grades count!
Join your university’s student law society. They will support you with events, presentations, information sessions and more. Plus, you can meet other students in the same position as you.
Engage with some of the extracurricular options at university (eg, sport, debating, mooting or music) to make yourself into a well-rounded candidate.