I have the pleasure of introducing Hayley who has joined us here at Stowe Family Law LLP’s Harrogate office for this week to take part in some work experience. She is a lovely young woman who is just about to begin the final year of her law degree. Originally from Glasgow, Hayley has joined us at the Harrogate office following a week’s work experience in our Leeds office.
Today she fired a number of questions at me regarding both my LPC and how it was I secured a training contract at Stowe Family Law LLP. The LPC questions were easy to answer, such as advising her to choose a provider according to where she would like her career to go. For instance, if you aren’t interested in commercial law it is not advisable to go to an LPC provider that is commercially driven. It is a great idea to speak to the provider before signing up to the course. But this was all fairly obvious and Hayley knew most of it already. It was how to stand out to employers and securing that all important training contract, that I hope I helped with.
Hayley asked about my work experience, my CV and the application process. My advice was to persevere. In the current climate it isn’t easy but your perseverance will pay off. I explained that legal work experience was obviously key; however so many applicants have extensive work experience these days. As most recruiters will tell you, it is about having that something that makes you stand out from the crowd. Whether it is martial arts, skiing, long distance running, or bird watching, spread your wings and take up something new. If nothing else it is something great to talk about in your interview. Furthermore throw yourself in to university, try not to be the person that stands on the peripheries of university life and observes. Get involved in student associations and if possible try to take on a role of responsibility within these. It doesn’t have to be all legal, I was the BPP Manchester Spring Formal President, it is about the skills you have gained in these positions. Pro Bono is always a great way to do something sociable and interesting whilst building your legal work experience, and I would always encourage anyone with an aspiration to be a solicitor to take part in some form of Pro Bono work. Once you have gathered all your work experience, your outstanding hobbies and amazing qualities in to a CV it is time to write that all important cover letter. My only advice here is: do your research and copy edit more than once.
I sit here hoping that my advice will help Hayley in some way during her academic career and when she starts applying for training contracts. She has been a delight to have in the office the last two days and I am sure by the end of the week we will be very sad to see her go. She is a talented young woman, who I am sure will do very well as she moves through her academic training and out in to the world that is being a trainee solicitor. I wish her all the best in the future and maybe I will see her again one day soon at Stowe Family Law LLP.