We caught up with Amy, a paralegal in the dispute resolution department at Farrer & Co, where she is working almost exclusively on preparations for an upcoming trial. In this exclusive interview, Amy openly discusses how she landed the role, her experiences of paralegal work so far and her top tips for success as a paralegal.
I applied for the role through the firm’s website, searching on their vacancies page. I then had an interview with a partner and was successful – they let me know really soon after my interview too, so it was a very fast process.
My day to day routine involves coming in to the office and sorting out any emails I have to tend to. I then get on with any tasks I have for upcoming deadlines, such as sorting out bundles and finding documents for trial.
Often we have team meetings to check on our progress in preparation for trial, sometimes meetings are with counsel (barristers) too. I have also been to court a few times which has been really interesting!
As I am still at law school, studying on the BPTC part-time, I think this role is really useful in terms of learning what I will be doing when I qualify as a lawyer. It’s great to have real responsibilities in the office, and actually contribute to the case we are working on. It’s great that I have the opportunity to work with partners, associates trainees and even barristers, and I feel valued as a part of the team.
The most challenging part is probably making sure myself and the other paralegal on the case communicate to make sure we meet all our deadlines – we have a lot to do in preparation for the upcoming trial. Working as a part of a team is therefore crucial.
As this has been my first full-time role in a law firm, I have learnt a lot more about how the law is applied and what lawyers actually have to do in real life. It’s been very different from what I learnt at university during my law degree. You have to be a very quick learner and know how to adapt to resolve problems as the case changes in different ways.
I think it is really important to be organised, and make sure you know exactly what task you should be working on. It is also important to be confident and ask the team for help and support if there is something you are unsure of. I think being eager to learn more about how law is applied in the real world, rather than in theory, is important too.
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