It’s no secret that a law degree can be one of the hardest undergraduate degrees to undertake. The intellectual rigour, voluminous reading and numerous assignments make the subject tough to study. For this reason many students opt to hire law tutors to help them through the three years of their law degree. This helpful guide gives you some tips for surviving those key years in law school, to ensure you get the grades you need to bag that all-important training contract or pupillage.
Learn all you can from Careers Events
At the start of law school, students are almost immediately confronted with a number of careers events from firms and chambers. These can seem overwhelming; students in key hubs are invited to many such events a week. Yet there is inherent value in these events, outside of the free drinks and spread.
When applying for pupillage and training contracts, one important question that will almost always be asked is ‘Why us?’. A firm wants to know that you are applying to them for a considered reason, rather than just their pay packet. Rehearsing the firm’s awards or practice areas is useful, but this information is available online, and almost every applicant worth their salt will recall the same information.
Instead, you should look to set yourself apart, and there is no better way to do this than show that you understand both the firm and their clients. Is there a new development in the area that has a particular impact on the firm’s work? Perhaps the firm has taken on a new and exciting client that has the potential to bring in a work in an expanding practice area for the firm. Rather than relying on firm profiles in legal directories, the best way to get to know a firm is to talk to the lawyers that work there at such events and open days. This will give you the edge in applying for training contracts and vacation schemes, as your application will be a far more personal account of why you wish to work at a particular firm.