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the life of a trainee in Nottingham...

30 March 2015

During trainee induction week I was introduced to the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division (commonly known as the ‘NJLD’). The NJLD was described as one of the most active junior law divisions in the country and it has certainly lived up to expectations!

Most law firms, including Browne Jacobson, pay the annual membership fee for trainees. Since joining the NJLD in September last year I have attended networking events, socials, career events and shadowed District Judges in Nottingham County Court! I also canvassed at election night and have since been appointed as one of two Events Secretaries on the committee.

Many people do not realise that you can join the NJLD as a paralegal or LPC student. I would strongly recommend joining as early as possible to take advantage of the opportunity to develop your networking & people skills and meet new people in the profession. It is never too early to start creating business relationships!

Some other interesting events run by the NJLD include the Hammond Cup (an annual advocacy competition), the President’s Cup (an essay based competition) and work experience exchange programmes with Karlsruhe in Germany and Ghent in Belgium. NJLD Members also enjoy a range of discounts with high street and local retailers.

If you would like any more information or if you are interested in joining you can visit http://www.nottslawsoc.org/njld.html

Working in the Nottingham office at Browne Jacobson also has its benefits:

  • It is the largest office; offering a wide range of trainee seats across all sectors – education, insurance, health and public, retail and private & public listed companies
  • It has a very active Sports and Social Committee (SSC). There are regular social events throughout the year, including the firm’s annual party. There is also a range of sporting/well-being activities, including massages, zumba, pilates, netball, kettlebells, touch rugby, football tournament and running club
  • It has a café (serving homemade food and cookies!) and a garden with outdoor seating, backing onto the Nottingham canal.

Browne Jacobson also encourages trainees to get involved in pro-bono work and community projects. Since starting my training contract I have helped out at Bulwell Forest Garden for a day and I am currently dealing with a pro-bono case for the National Autistic Society.

If you like the sound of what Nottingham and Browne Jacobson has to offer trainees, then visit our website to apply for a training contract. The deadline for 2017 training contract applications is 31 July 2015 and we will be recruiting trainees into both our Nottingham and Birmingham offices.