It’s not an easy job coming across a work placement, secondment, ‘vac’ scheme – what with thousands of other like-minded students trying to find just that. I have been so lucky as to secure three placements for summer; and here’s how I did it.
Attending your nearest law fair is absolutely essential; it’s good for getting your name out and getting an idea of the industry you will soon be entering. But it’s also an opportunity for work experience, so turn up prepared. A CV and cover letter to hand will serve you well. If you have the chance, get to know which firms will be exhibiting at the fair and try to get some specific cover letters for those firms showing some background research into what exactly they do. If like me you’re keeping your options open, mail-merge could come in handy for creating personalised cover letters for each firm. You never know, you just might get a phone call a few weeks later with an offer for work! Find out more here.
Get to know the Graduate Retention & Employability Officer for your faculty. Now I don’t mean sitting down to afternoon tea, but know who they are, keep an eye out for their communication, and apply for everything they give you. Any experience is invaluable and will come in handy when you go to apply for training contracts.
Communicate with your faculty staff, especially your module leader and personal tutor. Both of mine are currently practicing solicitors, and I should hope this be the case for most law tutors in the institutions across the country. Point being, they know what they’re talking about and they are a very valuable source of information when it comes to leaping in to the legal sector. If it’s a CV being looked over or just advice about what tie to wear, a little advice can go along way.
Also, don’t be put off by rejection. Rome wasn’t built in a day is the phrase that keeps me going. I wish you all the best!