Accuracy is critical to the success of any legal career. The meaning of legal documents can be changed dramatically by the placement of a single word. Not to mention, spelling mistakes in correspondence are unprofessional and can damage your firm’s reputation.
Consequently, attention to detail is a quality that all law firms seek in their future trainees.
This is a skill that you can work on throughout your undergraduate degree.
A law degree and any arts-based undergraduate will involve essays, assessed coursework and exams. Each task requires you to proof-read your work to ensure that it’s concise, coherent and grammatically correct.
A solicitor often has to deal with complex technical and legal issues.
Law firms are ultimately looking for candidates who can meet the intellectual demands involved and, as a result, you need to demonstrate that you have the capacity to do so. This can be developed through your academic work at university.
Commercial awareness is a buzzword that shows up on any website about training contracts and is a quality that all firms look for in their future trainees.
In the legal context, commercial awareness is broadly an active interest in business affairs. More specifically, commercial awareness is an interest in the business interests of the legal industry and the law firm that you are applying to join.
You need to be able to demonstrate that you are up-to-date on the latest business developments, their impact on the legal industry and the possible opportunities that they could create for a law firm.
Make sure to thoroughly research the law firm that you are applying to. Look at their:
Any future plans for expansion
This will help you to understand the firm’s business and demonstrate this knowledge in your application.
Regularly reading the Financial Times or the Economist is also a really handy way of making sure that you keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the broader business world and their impact on the global economy.
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