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.