Tips for Law Students

1 November 2010

Louisefk Twitter user pictureInksters’ trainee solicitor Louise King featured as a guest blogger on the blog of Michelle Hynes-Mcilroy (@LegalEagleMHM) this week. Michelle is a student on Glasgow University’s Diploma in Legal Practice course who is blogging about her experiences on the course. She had asked Louise to offer any advice she would give to today’s law students in Scotland. Louise's post can be viewed here.

As a second year trainee, Louise is only two years ahead of today’s diploma students in the process of becoming a solicitor but she tried to offer practical advice in securing a traineeship and in succeeding once the traineeship begins. In particular, Louise drew on her experience working as a trainee for Inksters and urged those seeking traineeships to consider applying to small firms:

“I have had an interesting and varied workload at Inksters from day one. Rather than spending six months in a commercial property seat, six months in a private client seat etc. any given day could involve minuting for divorce, drafting a disposition, speaking to a client about their Will, researching a point of law for a solicitor and raising a small claims action. In a small firm you never know what case will next walk in through the door, be it a straightforward house purchase or a Supreme Court case. It never gets boring.”

The last few years have been difficult for Scotland's law graduates as law firms tighten their belts but Louise hopes that her advice will inspire some students to ‘look outside the box’ when it comes to their approach to finding traineeships.

Louise has focussed on conveyancing, family law and litigation so far in her traineeship. She tweets as @louisefk. You can contact her on 0141 229 0880 or send her an e-mail.



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