Leeds Law School

Legal Cheek Virtual Vacation Scheme

Having heard of various virtual internships taking place through InsideSherpa on LinkedIn, I wanted to expand my knowledge and network by attending various online events. This is when I heard of The Legal Cheek ULaw Virtual Vacation Scheme through LinkedIn, in which four thousand students attended the first of its kind virtual event. 

The Legal Cheek Virtual Vacation Scheme ran in partnership with the University of Law and featured speakers from a host of leading firms such as Addleshaw Goddard, Ropes & Gray, Allen & Overy, Irwin Mitchell, Radcliffe Chambers, Travers Smith and many more. 

At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have never attended a virtual event prior to this. But I saw this opportunity as a chance to put myself out there. The sessions ranged from understanding the commercial legal market, life as a debt finance lawyer, legal tech, life as a litigator, legal aid and pro bono in practice as well as a number of workshops on the relationship between in-house and private practice, finance and commercial awareness, and dispute resolution. Even though I knew I was not interested in all the areas of law that were presented, I now have a deeper understanding of these areas, such as Debt Finance or Legal Tech.

The scheme made me realise that my heart is set on commercial and company law, working in-house . It made me open minded, as well as making me realise that I am 100% committed to everything and every aspect of the job, adjusting to lots of different situations. Furthermore, it allowed me to develop myself in ways I didn’t think were possible, for example, showing people how much I can achieve beyond of what people expect of me. Lastly, it made me appreciate just how passionate I am about client service, going out of my way to deliver exceptional customer service.

Reflecting on this experience, there are many skills that I wish to develop to prepare myself for the changes as well as challenges that are coming in the post-Covid19 world. 

Some key takeaways:

  • Soft skills as well as communication are vital.
  • Know yourself, give yourself a chance to develop several skills along the way and understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
  • Develop the skills that will be useful in what you want to specialise in.
  • Understand that you will change along the course of your career, approach the legal profession with an open mind.
  • Understand employers, do the research and understand what type of firms you belong to.
  • Be proud of your job.

Graduates of 2020, we are graduating into what could be one of the toughest job markets in a long time. Don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone and gain vital knowledge beyond the circumstances. Great things never come from comfort zones. 

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