Lucy Bennett – Trainee
Trainee, joined March 2014, studied Law at Leicester
Goodbye to the LPC
Hello and welcome to my last ever LPC blog! The seven month LPC marathon is finally over. The last few months have been nothing short of manic. Stress began to build as we approached the elective examinations on Acquisitions, Banking and Debt Finance and Public Companies and Equity Finance. On top of this we also had our practical interviewing mock and final exam. Christmas intervened as a final interval before these exams and provided a well-timed break for us all. Fortunately the January exams were only over a few days, which made the job seem substantially more manageable than it had been for the core modules in November. The consensus among the Allen & Overy intake seemed to be that the electives were more enjoyable, though still substantively challenging.
Having studied company law in my last year at university, I found Acquisitions and Public Companies and Equity Finance to be my best subjects while Banking and Debt Finance was the most difficult. I found all three topics to be quite interesting and on the whole, enjoyed the workshops on them.
There was a huge sense of relief around college once the final exam was over. A few days later I headed off to the Caribbean for a much needed fortnight in the sun! Upon returning I found out that I passed the elective exams and was absolutely delighted to have done so. I genuinely assess the LPC as the most difficult course I have ever experienced and would stress to aspiring lawyers that it should not be under-estimated. The myth that the LPC is easy could not be any less true.
At times it can feel like the work is relentless and the schedule over seven months is definitely jam-packed. Having said that, I think there are advantages to having studied the accelerated course and certainly feel more capable of working under pressure and keeping to tight deadlines as a direct result of it.
The next cohort of Allen & Overy students has now started the course and I wish them the best of luck over the next few months! I would like to conclude this entry by saying thank you to everyone who has been following my progress on the LPC and good luck to those of you making your applications to Allen & Overy.
It seems like an age since I last posted, but much has been keeping me busy!
October was an incredibly hectic month that saw the completion of our Drafting assignment, the Wills and Administration Exam as well as Advocacy. During this time we also had the looming prospect of our core module exams in early November, so the pressure was really on.
We finished the core modules in the last week of October, which left us with a week for consolidation lectures and one week for revision. That fortnight was very challenging and at times particularly stressful, but I think we all coped with the pressure reasonably well. We also received our results for ‘Solicitors’ Accounts’, ‘Wills and Administration’ as well as ‘Practical Legal Research’ a few days before our exam week.
I was delighted to have passed all three and felt like this provided me with a little bit of a confidence boost for the tough week ahead.
My experience of exams at A Level and at University had not really prepared me for such an intense exam week, but in-keeping with a lot of aspects of the LPC, it presented another point where adaption was really critical. In five days we had seven exams which constituted fourteen and a half hours in the exam room. 9am starts everyday also added to the task somewhat!
I felt that the exams went reasonably well overall – some could have gone a little better but some exceeded my expectations.
We have just had what can only be described as a really well-deserved week off and are set to start stage 2 this week. The results of the exams will be out mid-December, so there’s a nervy month ahead, but the elective subjects will keep us very busy I am sure!
I’ll report back soon on how stage 2 is going and how I’m settling into my new elective subjects – ‘Acquisitions’, ‘Public Companies and Equity Finance’ and ‘Finance and Capital Markets’.
Thanks for checking up on my progress, I’ll update you all again soon!
So another month has passed in the LPC marathon. It’s hard to believe that we have completed three months already – time is really flying. September’s been quite a steady month. I’ve felt like I’ve settled into the swing of things a little bit more now, though the pressure is definitely still on.
In the last month we finally completed ‘S-Mode’ which constituted a number of online submissions within tight deadlines. We had started it at the very beginning of the course before our workshops commenced, but the final two tasks had to be juggled at the same time as undertaking a normal week at the University.
This is where the time-management skills we have been developing really had to come into their own. Although at times it was admittedly quite demanding, we all acknowledge that it was excellent preparation for the realities of life at the firm where we will have to be capable of coping with the pressures of deadlines as part of the working day.
This month has also seen the mock exams in the core modules (Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Civil Litigation) come and go. Once again we had to balance revising for these as well as preparing and attending our workshops.
It was a tough couple of weeks but I’m delighted to say I passed all three exams.
Now we have entered October we still have a lot to be getting on with. We have just submitted our practical legal research projects and have been given our drafting tasks to do. Our wills exam is coming up next week as well as our mock advocacy exam, with the real thing to follow in a fortnight’s time.
I’ll report back in a few weeks’ time to update you on how things are progressing.
Introducing Lucy Bennett
Hello, my name is Lucy Bennett and I am a future Allen & Overy trainee, currently studying the LPC at the University of Law, London Moorgate. As an introduction I will tell you a little about myself. I’m originally from the South Wales valleys, but studied law at the University of Leicester. I graduated earlier this year – in fact a fortnight after I started the LPC! I was offered my training contract with the firm after my vacation schemes in London and Frankfurt last summer. Having loved both experiences I was delighted to take up the offer of the training contract and haven’t looked back since!
So far the LPC is proving as challenging as suspected. We have already undertaken our first exam and are in the process of undertaking our mocks for the course’s core modules. The accelerated nature of the LPC does make time management a very important skill and one that we all very quickly have had to develop! The combination of electronic submissions of work as well as preparation for workshops keeps us all on our toes, but we have found time to socialise and get to know each other over the last couple of months, making the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
Although this entry is just a short introduction, through my blog I hope to keep you up to date on how the LPC progresses and as times passes, the consideration of seat choices in anticipation of starting the training contract in March.