We've pulled together an overview of the most important activities and deadlines you need to start thinking about throughout your undergraduate years.
When it comes to a career in Commercial Law, it is crucially important to keep in mind throughout that completing your research and getting applications in as early as possible is the only way to stay ahead of the tough competition.
It is also worth noting that Christmas Vacation Schemes tend to be targeted at non-law students in their final year, but non-law students are increasingly being considered for placements at the end of their second or penultimate year. Closing dates for Christmas schemes tend to be in October, while official closing dates for Easter and summer placements are often in January.
- Research firms that offer first-year Open Days and apply
- Research which firms offer Vacation Schemes
- Attend careers service events about the legal profession
- Draft a CV and get it checked by a careers adviser, or Bright Network
- Attend law fairs (October to February) and network with recruiters
Christmas holiday and spring term:
- Apply for Easter/summer Vacation Schemes
- Investigate the possibility of attending Open Days
- Build up your work experience portfolio
- Apply for Vacation Schemes with smaller firms
- Focus on academic work
- Research and apply for Training Contracts
- Complete Vacation Scheme
- Research and apply for Training Contracts, if you haven't yet secured one
- Start enquiring about Christmas Vacation Schemes and apply
- Complete Vacation Scheme if still searching for Training Contracts
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