The competition for training contracts is notoriously fierce and the level of competition has been increasing steadily over the past few years. The pool of candidates has also expanded owing to the backlog of trainee hopefuls who were unable to secure a training contract during the recession. However, legal work experience is often the differentiating factor according to most recruiters. It shows that the student can not only memorise cases and the legislation behind them but apply them in a working environment and understand the role of a lawyer.
Capital Placement’s legal schemes are designed not just to have a line on your CV demonstrating you have experience in the legal field. The experience will enable you to speak extensively about the part you played in a commercial law firm on several deals in their international office. Typical duties will include giving legal advice, researching cases, writing legal documents and liaising with other professionals such as barristers. By the end of your internship, you will be able to speak about the challenges, how you overcame them and be able to demonstrate skills you have learnt which are beyond the scope of your university life. Such opportunities are far from the reach of the majority of students who will apply this year and we believe that these chances should be open to anyone with a passion for the industry.