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law fairs less ordinary

13 February 2012

Every year Browne Jacobson attends Law Fairs up and down the country and sends current trainees and members of our HR team to provide information and answer any questions potential trainees have to ask.

This year I was lucky enough to attend the University of Leicester Law Fair along with Joanne Lewis (another second year trainee) to represent the firm. As a University of Leicester law graduate I jumped at the chance to attend their Law Fair when HR asked. We arrived at around 10:30 and went to the Percy Gee, Students’ Union Building. The Fair was taking place in the main foyer and in Queen’s Hall. Jo and I set up our stand, laid-out our table and prepared ourselves for the wave of students and graduates.

Of course no law firm stand at a Law Fair would be complete without providing a “free-be” of some sort. Browne Jacobson had previously asked all the trainees what we thought would be a good give-away for Law Fairs. The winning suggestion was a 5 point star-shaped highlighter with different coloured highlighters at each point, perfect for any student or graduate. Jo and I were told on numerous occasions that we had the best “free-be”, Browne Jacobson’s give-away was even considered better than the inflatable chairs that were being given out.

We had a real mix of people come and speak with us on the day. There were first, second and third year law students, some who were considering converting to law by doing the GDL, as well as a range of overseas students who were looking to get a training contract in the UK. All in all we both had a great day and really enjoyed being on hand to answer any questions that were thrown at us.

Browne Jacobson, unlike a lot of other law firms, only send trainees and members of our HR team to Law Fairs, as opposed to sending partners. The advantage of this is that it gives people an opportunity to speak with current trainees who have recently gone through the selection process themselves and know what the firm is looking for. It also means that at Law Fairs we can provide a first-hand picture of life as a trainee at the firm.

When I was an undergraduate I visited a lot of Law Fairs and I would highly recommend anyone who is trying to get a training contract to do so. It’s the perfect opportunity to speak with us and get tips and hints on how to best present yourself when applying to Browne Jacobson. It also puts gets your face in front of people at the firm, which is always useful. One tip I would give is that you make sure that you have researched the firm thoroughly before. You can check out more about Browne Jacobson on our main website www.brownejacobson.com (we also now have a mobile friendly site too!) and also by continuing to read our blogs (couldn’t help the shameless self-promotion).