Working While You Are Studying Law
Working While You Study Law
There are many advantages of working part-time in the legal industry during your studies. In addition to making money, you can gain practical experience and valuable soft skills that cannot be taught in a classroom but are highly valuable to employers.
There are many options for law students to work in the legal industry while studying. These include internships, cadetships, volunteer work and paralegal roles.
Internships & Cadetships
Internships are usually short-term work experiences designed to provide people (typically students) with some entry-level exposure to a particular industry or field. As an intern, you get a chance to gain real work experience, learn from professionals in the industry, develop practical skills, and build networks.
Some internships are paid while others are unpaid volunteer-based work. Payment and duration of an internship will depend on the company and the industry.
Paralegals provide legal services under the supervision of solicitors and barristers. Although paralegals are generally not admitted to practice law, they often perform legal tasks performed by lawyers, such as running their own files, drafting client correspondence, drafting court documents, analysing and summarising documents, preparing for and assisting at a court trial, and interviewing witnesses pre-trial. Unlike lawyers, paralegals do not provide legal advice or represent clients in court.
Paralegals work in law firms or barristers’ chambers or within the legal team of larger organisations (such as insurance companies) and government agencies.
Volunteer work while you are studying law
why should you volunteer?
Volunteer work is unpaid work or service. It is a useful way to build your community network, develop new skills, boost your self-confidence and improve your job prospects.
What do volunteers do?
The work that volunteers do varies depending on the organisation or company that you volunteer for. Some volunteers will manage day-to-day tasks, such as organising and tracking case files, conducting legal research and drafting legal documents. Others will help with organising a charity event or answering simple client and customer queries.
Volunteering roles generally run on a needs-basis, which means that volunteer work will only be offered when an organisation needs assistance. Other volunteer programs, however, are more structured and will take place over a specified period of time (these are mostly volunteer positions in larger organisations).
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