Networking is not only important but inevitable especially if you want to break into the legal profession. Attending insight days, vacation schemes, mini-pupillages, law fairs and even events hosted by law firms is a crucial part of securing a graduate role in the legal world. Why is it so important is what you are probably thinking. Well, it is important because it is a chance for not only you but also the law firms in which you are intending to apply to, to get to know you and it also is a good chance to get a foot in the door. Law firms are more likely to put your application through, if they recognise your name and who you are. There are many ways to network with firms and chambers, attending events hosted by the firms and legal websites such as Legal Cheek, The Lawyer Portal, Amicus ALJ and Aspiring Solicitors is always very useful.
Below I give a few examples of events and how I was able to successfully network with current trainees, employees, paralegals, partners and associates.
During the TLTLive event, I was provided with the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities in which I met other students and worked together in teams connecting with partners of the firm. I gained an insight into the life of a commercial solicitor in Bristol, as well as guidance on how to prepare for a training contract and what to expect. I was also able to network with a variety of recruiting experts and trainees as well as solicitors.
Linklaters with Legal Cheek: What does Brexit mean for future lawyers?
This event was hosted by Linklaters and Legal Cheek, it was a more Q&A style event in which everyone was seated and then after the event, there was an opportunity to talk to current employees at Linklaters over food and drink. This event provided an insight into the future of the legal profession in the light of Brexit, it was a great opportunity to discover the impact of Brexit on Linklaters’ service areas and clients.
Charles Russell Speechlys speed-networking
I was invited to attend the CRS speed-networking event by The Lawyer Portal. This event was hosted at the CRS offices in London, it took place in one room in which we had one employee on each table with some students, it was a quick-fire round with 15 minutes to chat with the trainee, paralegal or recruitment adviser to find out more and discover what a career at CRS entails. The event was very enjoyable and was followed by a drinks reception with cakes and a discussion with the trainees, paralegals, recruitment advisers and associates.
The Bar Council National Pupillage Fair
The National Pupillage Fair took place in Bush House in London, the fair was hosted in King’s College London. During the event, there were a number of talks regarding the application process, practice areas and even a room dedicated to providing CV advice with current barristers providing free and invaluable assistance on how to improve your applications and CV. Hosted over a number of levels, there were fairs with a range of chambers, chancery to commercial, civil to crime. The event provided a vast wealth of knowledge, advice and networking. I would definitely recommend attending law fairs to any aspiring barrister or solicitor, they are vital to achieving success.
Above all, networking is a great way to expand your network, learn more and improve your career aspirations.