Sunday, 24 July 2011

My Experience with Work Experience

Today was the last day of my work experience at a London City Law Firm. I found it greatly beneficial and thought I might take the opportunity to share my thoughts on the importance of work experience in law. It can be both beneficial for your university application, as well as, giving you an insight into the work of lawyers and barristers.

First I’ll cover the benefit of having an example of work experience in a law-related environment on your university application. When applying to university, the Admissions Tutor will be looking to see evidence of your enthusiasm and love for the subject. Work Experience is one example of many you can provide to illustrate your interest in Law. It will also show the Admissions Tutor you have initiative and many placements, such as those abroad, will illustrate your independence and maturity.

Nevertheless, one must not forget that the experience in itself can be very rewarding. If Law is something in which you are greatly interested, you will learn how the British legal system works. It can also open many doors for you in the future as it will allow you to make contacts, who may be able to help you find a training contract after university.

I hope this has been of interest and whether your aim is to use work experience to enhance your personal statement, or gain an insight into whether it is a subject that interests you, it is still invaluable.


Sunday, 17 July 2011

Off Topic: The Apprentice Final

I was rather surprised at first when Lord Sugar announced Tom as his chosen future business partner. However, after giving it more thought it made more sense. Tom had the ideas which, with Lord Sugar's business knowledge, could be brought to life. He showed more potential than the others and in my opinion was the right choice.

What are your views on Lord Sugar's choice?


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Apprentice Lawyer

I recently read in a copy of Lawyer2B an article on the future of the Law degree. It was a topic that I had been thinking about for a while and one that I find very interesting. With the increase of tuition fees and high graduate unemployment, many A Level students are considering not going to university for the fear of a lingering debt they will never be able to pay off. This could damage the legal sector, as many potential solicitors may choose a more economically secure training route such as an apprenticeship. What I have been wondering (and was also addressed in the article) is whether an apprenticeship in Law is a viable alternative to a Law degree?

I would be Interested to hear your views please.

Many thanks,

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Work Experience London (WEL)

A few weeks ago I created a group on LinkedIn and a twitter account under the name Work Experience London (WEL), linked under connect on the right hand side of my blog. Its aim was to try and bridge the gap between work experience providers and students (A-Level student in particular). I realised recently during my search for work experience in a legal environment, that it is incredibly hard to find and often hard to know where to start. I created WEL to try and help students find placements, especially in a legal career, and hope that it will soon help A-Level student throughout London and late the UK find invaluable work placement opportunities.

Please dont hesitate to comment if you would like to get involved.