A vacation scheme is one of the best ways to get invaluable legal work experience during early stages of your studies. They’re very competitive as the opportunity leads to a training contract.
These are five tips we hope will help you to make the most of this coveted opportunity.
Look into who are the partners, associates and junior lawyers that you’ll get access to. Check and read cases they and the company have been working on. This will show that you come prepared and committed to your time there.
2. Ask Good Questions
Observe what’s happening around you in the office and make sure you ask thoughtful, insightful questions. This is a great way to understand the firm’s operations and what it’s like to work there..
3. Be proactive
In order to make a good impression and develop your network,it’s important to have the right attitude: be enthusiastic, willing to learn, prepared to work hard, and be humble if you’re given any feedback.
4. Reflect on your experience
A vacation scheme is a great way to get a taste of what working at the firm would be like, so it’s important to think about the time spent there. What did you enjoy the most? What areas caught your attention? Could that hint at an area of law that you might like to specialize in?
What did you think of the firm itself? Is it the kind of place you’d like to work at?
5. Keep track
keep a log of what you’ve done each day during your vacation scheme; note the tasks you did, what you learned, and any observations you made or contacts you met. This can become a useful tool if you decide to apply for a training contract with the firm or to explain what you’ve learnt from your vacation scheme.