Tag - Working in Law

I found a job on Twitter…

Yes, you read that right.

For all of you law graduates that are out there and struggling to find even a paralegal position, I want you to read this post and think ‘This could happen to me!’ In a time when legal jobs are at their most competitive, you have to explore every opportunity in front of you. I chose Twitter to do this.

I found one mysterious tweet saying ‘A little birdie told me Eversheds has paralegal positions going…’ and an email address was given along with this tweet. I seized the opportunity and applied speculatively at first, inquiring if any positions were available and attaching my CV along with the email. I was told that it was the Litigation department that was recruiting paralegals and I thought ‘Perfect!’ – it’s where my background lies and the area in which my strengths are based.

I had a telephone call a couple of weeks later inviting me to interview, which I attended in November. The interview was fairly tough, over 15 competency based questions and many overlapped so I tried to expand every answer and give examples from every job I’ve had in law…along with trying to build rapport with my interviewer! A week later I was offered the position and I accepted, with no regrets yet. One thing about Eversheds was that I was completely surprised by the way everyone I met at the firm was so friendly and professional. Even now, two weeks into the job, I feel exactly the same way.

So I’ve now moved half way across the country, from Kent to Yorkshire to pursue a six month contract as a Litigation Paralegal with Eversheds, and I am loving it. I may joke about my social life being over since being given a Blackberry for my work emails, but in reality this is the job I have been working to for so many years and hopefully it paves the way to a training contract. I look forward to the late hours and putting in the effort because only I know how hard I have worked to get here….as I’m sure every one of you has too! And you know what, a job will not come and sit on your doorstep, you need to be dedicated and go out on the hunt, and not half-heartedly!

 

Being a Trainee Solicitor in London

A brief video explaining what it’s like to work as a trainee solicitor in a London firm which I thought could be useful. This is another video from icould:

“icould is about inspiration, encouragement and discovery. The idea is to help you make the most of your potential and talent, by showing how others have used theirs.”

Some of their videos are pretty inspirational which is a nice change. The legal news these days is pretty depressing to say the least.

The video explains the route to becoming a trainee and some of the advantages and disadvantages of working in London. It also touches on Gap years and some of the motivations behind becoming a solicitor.
 

Working in Law: What You Should Know [Infographic]

Infographic on UK law - demographics, GDP contribution and costs

Here is a brief overview of legal services in the UK.

If anyone has any up to date data they could share with me I’d be very grateful. Most of the data here is from 2011 taken from the Law Society and the ONS. I actually found it a real challenge finding good data sets (I can’t afford to pay the Law Society fees for their reports).

Have a look at our infographic about getting started in law.

If you want to use this infographic on your own site please refer back to this page or http://studyinglaw.co.uk/