Law undergraduate – first year

Most universities have an active student law society which you should consider joining. They’ll work very closely with City law firms like us, inviting us onto campus to run workshops, seminars and social events. As a first-year law student, you’re likely to find yourself exposed to a range of such legal careers events. But you still need to be proactive in researching the opportunities available to you.

Many universities will hold an annual law fair which will be attended by a range of law firms. Our top tips for making the most of these days are:

  • Do your research beforehand
  • Prepare some good questions
  • Speak to as many firms as you can

Your university careers service will be able to provide you with a wealth of information and guidance. Find out which law firms are coming onto campus as they usually run career-related skills sessions, such as commercial awareness, advocacy and negotiation skills. These are a great way to learn essential skills and find out more about the kind of work that a commercial lawyer does.

Increasingly, law firms are running programmes specifically for first years, so make sure you apply for Open Days, Insight Scheme, workshops and any other work experience schemes that are available. Attending such informal networking and vocational skills events will provide a fantastic opportunity to meet a range of people and learn more about a career as a commercial lawyer.

Baker McKenzie offers a two-day First Year Insight Scheme that provides an invaluable view into life as a commercial lawyer.