Position: Trainee, Law degree
Join date: March 2012
Key facts: Studied Law at UCL
Studying Law at university puts you in a incredible position to pursue a career as a solicitor at a firm like Allen & Overy.
Law as an academic subject is hugely dynamic. There are constant changes and developments which require you to continuously keep abreast of progress and analyse the consequences of such changes. This skill is essential to being a successful City lawyer as we advise clients across multiple jurisdiction which demand the service provided to be up-to-date and relevant to the legal and regulatory changes that may affect them. Law as an academic subject is also diverse. There are a whole host of disciplines available to study which all provide differing challenges and deepen your understanding of how the law operates as one entity. Appreciating this multitude of disciplines puts you in a good position to understand the breadth of practice and expertise offered on a global scale at a firm like Allen & Overy.
Above all else, law is a logical discipline. It requires students to be analytical and provide reasoning for their submissions based on the rules and facts presented in any given situation. Developing this structured thought process is crucial in practice as often you are presented with multifaceted problems that require a logical brain to unpick the issues.
Outside of the academic sphere a law degree opens a whole host of opportunities that can help develop your legal talents. At university, I took an active part in mooting (legal mock trials), debating, client interviewing and negotiation competitions that all gave me with a useful insight into what being a lawyer is about and provided me with a set of skills that I constantly draw on.
It is often said the lawyers hold the best parties, balls and generally have a 'work hard – play hard' attitude. From my experience this is certainly true and definitely does not come to an end when you start work.