Thinking about pursuing a career in law can be quite daunting. Students often worry about how to decide what law sector to specialise in, how to get onto the right pathway, or worry they don’t have the confidence to study law at all.
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Take it one step at a time and break it down:
- Research, research and… more research. If you’re interested in a career in law, this step should actually be the fun part. Do you know the difference between a lawyer and a solicitor? The routes available to get into law? Check out the information on Prospects website as well as our video with former student, Lorenzo, now studying law at university:
- Do a skills check: do you enjoy attention to detail, working methodically and interpreting large amounts of information and analysis? Find out more.
- Network: are you and your school / old school a Future First member? We can help connect you with relatable role models working in law.
- Start thinking about your personal statement.
If you have been to a law firm open day or assessment centre, or even completed some work experience with a firm, you may have noticed the striking number of private school students compared to state school students. Admittedly, some firms are much better than others at promoting diversity, but this is a problem affecting the whole legal industry and we are delighted to be working with partners such as Taylor Wessing to change this.
Taylor Wessing and Future First: bringing law careers to life
Future First works with Taylor Wessing to deliver activities in order to bring careers in the legal sector to life for students across the country and helps build their confidence to strive for success.
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Future First facilitates Year 12 students and Taylor Wessing mentors to work together in activities to develop the skills needed to succeed at a law firm like Taylor Wessing.
- Setting goals for the future
- Developing interview skills
- CV writing
- Writing cover letters and applications
- Reflecting on strategies for overcoming challenges
- Demonstrating resilience
Students and mentors work together in groups, giving students opportunities to ask questions about what it’s like to work at the firm, and to identify the pathways, qualifications, experiences and skills that would help them to access these opportunities in the future.
After the most recent programme, students commented:
“The mock interviews made me think about what employers are looking for. It improved my skill of quickly adapting to specific questions. I was very nervous but the personalised feedback I received gave me confidence and advice I will take to all future interviews.”
“The Taylor Wessing volunteers spoke about their range of experiences which made me consider routes into law that I hadn’t considered beforehand.”
In addition to offering a mentoring programme, Taylor Wessing support young people through Law Insight Days and Employability Skills workshops. Over the last 5 years this has brought careers in the legal sector to life for more than 500 students across the country, building their confidence and knowledge to strive for success.
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