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the social trainee - out of hours life at the firm

29 March 2011

Everybody knows that working as a solicitor is not the easiest career path to choose. It will occasionally mean late nights, early mornings and is definitely not a 9 to 5 job. But although you may have to work hard to succeed, too many people overlook the social aspects of life as a trainee solicitor.

The job gives you a fantastic opportunity to meet new people daily, be they clients, qualified solicitors, other employees or other trainees. Outside work you will be given countless opportunities to mix with different people through organisations such as the Nottinghamshire junior lawyers division (NJLD) and CONTACT, as well as through Browne Jacobson events and inter-firm events. The one piece of advice I would give to any new starter is to go to as many of these events as possible and meet new people! Not only will you make friends but it will also give you a great opportunity to network with other professionals legal or otherwise – plus, it is great practice for the business development activities you will need to undertake to build your client list.

Obviously there are trainee socials as well as firm and client parties which usually involve good food and a free bar (always a bonus)! Browne Jacobson has an annual client party and a firm Christmas do as well as a yearly “flit quiz” and various other events organised by our sports and social committee (SSC) which trainees often join.

With regards to corporate social responsibility, when you start as a trainee one of your first days is spent helping out in the local community getting to know the colleagues you will be working with for the next few years.

As well as socials there are a number of different sport clubs and events to get involved with. We have a running club, weekly football matches and a cricket team and are always open to new suggestions. All of these give you the chance to get to know new people and get involved.

So in summary, being a solicitor may be a lot of hard work but playing hard can often come as part of the deal!