Let’s be honest, even if your grades are off the chain, nobody wants to work with someone who doesn’t have any people skills!
You need to prove to your future employers that you are not only hard working, but can that you can function, practically, out in the real world. That's something that involves interacting with people. Whether it’s abseiling, drama or law, joining a society is a great way to show that you don’t live in the library, deeply inhaling the earthy scent of old law tomes.
What do law societies do?
The law society at your university exists specifically to cater for law students; being a member should provide a number of valuable opportunities to enhance your knowledge and employability. You should be able to take part in activities such as:
- careers events
- court visits
Why should I take part in law society activities?
These activities are invaluable in terms of networking, broadening your knowledge, gaining experience, and developing your skill set. It is easy to state that you have certain qualities or skills. For example: ‘I am a very creative person’. But, in order to be convincing you need to give an example of a situation when you demonstrated that quality. Being part of a society allows you to do so.
I was [Vice President] of the [University of Bristol’s Law] Society, which greatly strengthened my […skill…] by […action…].
Looking at this from another angle, if you aren’t part of your university’s law society, then you should be prepared to answer why you aren’t. This fact will be unusual among applicants, so it is likely to come up in an interview. It is unwise to criticise the societies leadership or similar, because an employer will then ask, “Why didn’t you assume a leadership role and improve it?”
**As a word of warning, it’s not advisable to lie. It is very likely that you will be asked questions about anything you mention in an application. Interviewers have also been known to email university law departments to check up on potential trainees.