As the saying goes ‘Learn from past experiences’. This is all well and good when you have the experiences to take knowledge from. The majority of students studying a law degree, like me, have little or no experience in the legal environment, and don’t know the options open. So, why not use someone else’s experience to learn from?
Next Tuesday’s Law Fair is the place to meet Cardiff Alumni and chat to them about their experiences – how they found deciding what to do after uni, their job hunting, talking to recruiters, interviews, assessment centres, further study and actually working, As well as making new friends with colleagues, the firms work culture, social life and much more.
Here, are a few thoughts from Cardiff Students and Alumni …
Isaac Paine, 2012/13 Law Society President
“The Cardiff Law Fair is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet (and impress) people who could turn out to be your future colleagues. You may even meet the person who later reads your application form! Arrive prepared, and you will kick-start your legal career.”
Lloyd Rees, 2012 Law Graduate
“Enjoy your time in Cardiff and with hard work, anything is possible!”
More about Lloyd, written by Alison Tobin in LAW: Lloyd is currently undertaking a training contract with ‘Magic Circle’ law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Before starting his training contract Lloyd undertook the Accelerated LPC in London. Lloyd was offered two training contracts, which is a testament to all the hardwork and dedication he put into his studies. He took advantage of the extra-curricular activities offered by the Law School. In his second year he won the Cardiff Law School Mooting Competition with his friend Lloyd Hopkin, and noted that the skills he gained as a result of this helped him not only in his studies but also in his interviews. “The mooting competition helped me to be more confident in articulating my arguments, as well as helping me to prioritise what to read. The former helped me in my interviews and the latter is extremely useful when it comes to not only revising for but sitting exams.” The skills gained in mooting also helped Lloyd when Sky News came to Merthyr and he did a live interview with Kay Burley about the Spending Review. Lloyd also spent time working on the Cardiff Innocence project, which involves students working under the supervision of practising barristers and solicitors on cases of long-term prisoners who maintain their innocence of the serious crimes for which they have been convicted. He did a two-week placement with Slaughter and May in summer 2011, which helped him to decide that he wanted to pursue a career in corporate law.
Lloyd has also balanced his student life with interests outside of law. He is helping to preserve the heritage of his hometown of Merthyr through the Old Merthyr website which he runs with his Uncle. Lloyd is also responsible for social media and manages the project’s facebook page and twitter feed.
Christopher Jones, Law Student
“Personally I think Law Fairs are an essential part of getting a vac scheme/TC. No better way of finding out how to perfect an application form than asking the people who review them what they look for! Also, every recruiter looks for something different; knowing what each recruiter looks for allows you to tailor every application form you do. Finally, make an impression on the recruiter at a law fair and they will (honestly) keep an eye-out for your application. Follow it up with an email or connect on things like Twitter and you’re half-way to a foot-in-the-door!”
Alice Viles, 2011 Graduate working for Deloitte
“My law degree has helped me greatly in researching the applicable cases, judgements and rulings relating to the client’s situation”.
More about Alice, written by Alison Tobin in LAW: In her final year, Alice Viles decided that law wasn’t really for her. She wanted to do something more business-like but still have the client relationship, so she attended presentation evenings by PWC, Grant Thornton and Deloitte and realised that she could combine her legal background with her business interest to work in the private client tax sector advising clients on their personal tax affairs. Alice is currently in her second year as a graduate in the Private Client Tax department at Deloitte. This involves advising individuals with high wealth on their tax affairs – from big corporate executives to local farmers. She said, “Tax is based primarily on legislation, regulations and guidelines, so my law background helps me to understand ‘legislation language’ and decipher the rules to apply them to the client’s situation. Many of the laws are tested through case law, my law degree has helped me greatly in researching the applicable cases, judgements and rulings relating to the client’s situation. Also my law degree has helped my writing style, as I can structure a letter of advice to a client, explaining the reasons behind the advice given. “ Alice sat her ATT exams in the first year of being with Deloitte and is now studying for her Chartered Tax Adviser qualifications.