Law fairs are really important. I didn’t really see them as one the defining parts of the University year and I certainly didn’t see it as integral to a legal career, but they are – or rather, they can be...
Law fairs can provide you with the most straightforward route into a legal career as a solicitor. Law Fairs give you access to graduate recruiters, trainees and sometimes also associates or partners. (In a firm there are broad four ranks in terms of solicitors – trainees, newly qualified (NQ’s), associates, and partners).
You will have very few other occasions to get in front of these guys and so you should make the most of it. At this initial stage graduate recruiters are looking for personable individuals that could potentially work with the firm’s clients and with other members of staff. Once it gets to application season graduate recruiters will certainly remember names of people they have spoken to, improving your chances of an interview or a vacation scheme place.
Likewise, you can speak with the trainees to find out more about particular firms and talking to the associates/partners gives you scope to consider progression within the firm.
So go along, do plenty of research beforehand and get chatting. Don’t force it... just do what comes naturally.
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