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Building Your Career: Building on Your Academics and Practical Experience

Many employers within the law field look up at the ‘Law Student’ title internally and externally, as it shows high, intellectual and versatile capabilities. Not to mention the arduous readings and the inevitable pressure.

While embarking on your degree, it’s vital to a have a fair idea of what you wish to pursue afterward whether that is to be a Solicitor, Barrister or a career in business. It’s crucial for all future law graduates to embark on work experience from the get go.

A law degree is indeed privileged in the commercial world. Law exams will be tough the first time you encounter them, different to anything before. Time management skills, comprehension, analysis and memory will all be the epitome of the test. Simultaneously the experience is vital, and balance is necessary between the two to succeed.

Stay on top of readings. There will be times where you would have a free lesson before beginning another one, take the time to study and re-review your readings. The more you read, the more your horizon will broaden when it comes to understanding cases and making well-thought arguments.

Criticise and compliment what went well after each exam, emulate this, and you will be well on your way to receiving excellent marks. Have a viable plan throughout each year to help you stay organised. Compare sample answers with your answers helping you to decide to what areas you can improve on, it could be your thesis or even the structure of your arguments to the language.

Essentially in order to obtain high marks in law, it comes down to the ability to write concisely. There are many eBooks online to help you in acquiring a good grade; discussing what to do and what not to, the style of writing and many more tips! Further, published books and articles from law scholars of all disciplines can help you find a suitable style for your writing. Not to mention your lecturers, tutors, and academics, remember they are the experts! Attend as many revision lectures as possible and any writing or exam essay question events; this will help you grasp how to really get in the habit of consistently doing well helping you maximise your potential in excelling

Let’s take a look at the practical ways you can boost your CV, complementing your great academics:

Universities offer many opportunities, which can prove as a massive advantage by students studying the law degree. Law is undoubtedly a competitive field and to have a successful outcome of attaining a training contract or even a mini-pupillage you have to stand out as an individual. Joining your law society at university is a limitless opportunity to connect with other aspiring law students and get involved in mooting. Mooting, a demonstration of the real world in witnessing and cross-referencing cases when arguing. The perfect occasion to polish up on your advocacy skills.

The local Citizen’s Advice Bureau gives a student the ability to interview clients and advise them on issues pertaining to the law. You can get up of 6 months of your training contract when training as a CAB advisor and such an opportunity gives you first class experience of handling formal on-the-job training. The Free Representation unit represents individual members, public or those unable to afford legal costs. Representation is primarily volunteer law students, mentored by proffesionals, in court and in tribunals on employment and social security hearings; a great insight into how cases are argued and presented in front of a judge.

Volunteering at a local law firm; a prospect not to be missed; firms will give you first-hand advice on the day to day duties as a lawyer and provide insightful and invaluable talks on what they look in an employee. Many law firms have recently introduced new incentives equipping students to enroll as ambassadors for them, promoting their firm on their University campus.

Pro Bono is the involvement of denoting legal work voluntary for those that are unable to do so, open to the public. It can enhance your researching and drafting skills, client interaction and exposure to law. Embarking upon pro-bono can show recruiters that you as an individual are committed to ensuring justice, open mindedness and a vital team player through your dedication. You can get involved in Pro Bono work through University Law Centres or other organisations such as LawWorks.

Networking gives the opportunity to connect with academics, professors, lecturers and practicing Barristers and Lawyers. They have studied law and are experts in their fields and are willing to help students reach their potential embedding them to help endure life-changing decisions for future; If not all, most chambers and law firms hold open days, giving you an insight into a career in law and the day-to-day practices; anything ranging from corporate deals to client exposure and even case law. A Q&A is usually held. This is the chance to excel by asking as many questions as you can from what makes a successful applications to what makes an outstanding applicant.

I hope all of the above is beneficial, and I’m confident that this advice will be of benefit to students if implemented upon.

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