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Getting experience in law: advice for first year law students


Most of the vacation schemes advertised by law firms specify that these are for students who are about to enter their final year. This is partly because these large firms recruit during the summer vacation for training contracts starting two years in the future and will therefore take a particular interest in their summer students, and partly to limit the numbers applying: these schemes are tremendously popular and may bring in hundreds of applications even when they are restricted to penultimate-year students.

So what can first-year students do to get experience in the law? Here are a few suggestions:


For more information on vacation work opportunities and the skills and qualities which employers of all kinds look for in graduates, see the following pages on our website:


Jenny Keaveney
Careers Advisory Service
October 2012

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