Lawyers in the Making
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Lawyers in the Making


Stephanie Knowles
Stephanie Knowles
Lawyers in the Making

Between Monday 5th July to Friday 9th, year 12 students completed work placements.  Many students, despite the challenges caused by Covid, found placements to support their ambitions of entering the legal profession.  

Three A level law students describe their week working in law firms.

Hiba Choudry worked at Colindale Law, a London Law firm specialising in asylum and immigration claims.  Hiba says “I have gained a wider insight on legal knowledge and now have a better understanding of what I would like to pursue in the future”.

Another A Level law student, Jesse,worked at Blackfields Solicitors in Edgware, He particularly enjoyed going through case files and listening to people who came into the law firm. Like Hiba, many cases were to do with immigration, linking well with Jesse’s EPQ project on racism in all areas of society.  Jesse says, “What i liked the most was talking to the Barristers as they gave in depth detail on what they did and what it was like to represent in court”.

Lily worked in the IP department of Walker Morris, a Leeds based law firm.  She experienced a whole range of opportunities from client consultations, completing research, staffing the phone clinic, proo reading and even preparing documents such as those needed before a meeting.  She even completed a ‘Due Diligence’ spreadsheet!   Lily says that one thing that surprised here was home “many people are often disconnected from the law and need genuine advice” and “the importance of balancing a friendly yet professional relationship with clients”. Lily liked the fact that many of the skills that she used fitted in not only with her learning during the law course, but also her other A levels, such as English Literature, where analytical skills to identify problems upon documents were essential.  Lily also mentions that one thing that she learnt was how essential it is for lawyer’s grammar and spelling to be 100% accurate as making “spelling mistakes when drafting documents can invalidate them”.  She enjoyed much of the week, especially “meeting prospective clients and building positive relationships as it was enriching to put learning gained from research completed independently into action”.

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