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What to do Between Studying and Your Training Contract

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Training contracts are typically offered a year or two in advance of the actual start date. It’s not unusual to have a large gap of time free between completing your studies and beginning your training contract. It may seem like a long time to wait but it will fly by!

Try not to think of the spare time as a chance to enjoy an extended holiday; the reality is there are a lot of ways you can use the time productively. Here are a few different options for what you can do before finally starting your training contract.

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1. Stay in education

If you’ve already completed the Legal Practise Course (LPC), you may be feeling a bit reluctant to head back to university and fill your time with more revision and assignments.

Studying for another qualification, whether that be an LLM, MA or something else, is a great way to stay productive during the time leading up to your training.

Another degree could help to further your knowledge in an area you’re particularly passionate about. Law firms will like that you’ve studied another qualification too.

Read our LLM Guide here >>

2. Gain commercial/legal experience

It’s brilliant that you’ve already managed to secure a training contact (as places are highly competitive), but you might find it useful to gain some experience in the world of work before you start.

As well as having an enriching experience, you’ll gain even more knowledge which will transfer to your training contract.

Previous trainees have carried out paralegal temp work, which helps them get to grips with life in a law firm. Voluntary placements with charities are also popular, as are graduate schemes.

You could also apply for a compliance role within banking. This is a great option because you get to deal directly with customers and put into practice skills from your law degree.

Read How Much Work Experience Do You Need For a Training Contract?

3. Travel

When you begin your training contract you won’t have as much time off as you did at school and university. If you are able to, why not book a trip to somewhere you’ve always dreamed of visiting?

You’ll be able to soak up the local culture and develop your confidence and independence. These are key skills that will put you in good standing for your future law career.

Read Guide to In-House Training Contracts

4. Relocation

Some training contracts may require you to move to a new area or completely different location. If this is the case, you’ll hugely value having the time to sort out all of the logistics involved in relocating beforehand.

To settle into your new area, it could be worth joining local groups to get involved in the community. This might help you feel less lonely when you start your training. You could even make new friends to spend time with at the weekend.

Read Five Unusual Training Contract Interview Questions

5. Relax

If you’ve secured a training contract, you’ve no doubt put in countless hours to reach this point. Whilst it can be good to get a job or travel the world in your spare time, it might not be what’s best for you.

Make sure you take some time out to properly relax and celebrate landing a training contract. You deserve it!

 

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