Missed the deadlines for a vacation scheme or mini-pupillage? Looking for work experience in other areas of law? There are alternatives for work experience and networking is a key way to unearth these opportunities.
Many of the recent law careers blog posts have focused on careers as a solicitor in a commercial law firm. Arguably, this is entirely appropriate, given that there will be around ten times as many training contracts as pupillages available this year. In fact, there are likely to be less than 400 pupillages available in total. Of those pupillages, only a very small number will be in sets of chambers specialising in commercial law. That said, a career at the Commercial Bar could offer a rewarding alternative to students with top academics (and I really do mean top!) and a strong interest in commercial law. I talked to Anton, a junior tenant at Essex Court Chambers, to find out more….
Employers often cite a lack of reflection as a reason why an application might not stand out – for example, an applicant may not have spent enough time thinking about how they actually contributed to a team’s effort to get to the final of a mooting competition. This shows in an application and doesn't help move you up the shortlist.
What is a mini pupillage?
What any recruiter wants is to know that you are capable, that you are motivated, and that you will fit into their organisation. Law Firms and Barristers Chambers are no different.
By now you may be getting the most you can from them, and be quite good at getting a conversation going – but in case you still find them daunting – HERE ARE SOME EFFECTIVE QUESTIONS YOU COULD TRY!
It goes without saying that law firms are looking for students to have strong academic results. However, many firms see strong academics as a first step; your grades alone will probably not be enough to secure a training contract. Helpfully, many law firms offer advice in their publications and websites regarding how you can impress them. Rather than give you our views, we thought you might want to read what some of the leading law firms have published: