2) make sure you have a note pad and pen to hand at all times to note things down
3) ask questions if you are ever unsure, just make sure your questions are appropriately timed
4) if you find yourself not doing anything, ask anyone if they need help - could be a trainee, a PA, a paralegal anyone. You're going to be restricted in what you can do, but these people are likely to have the type of work you can help with.
5) ask to sit in one meeting and conference calls. You might not do anything in the meeting, but they are a good way to listen in to things
Please don't worry - in my experience, law firms always think about what you can do or watch that will be interesting and informative for you - they only expect you to know what you should at the level you are at, and not more. So, you only need to be genuinely interested in what they are doing and engaged in law at a very general level.
I have always found people to be kind to me during work ex.
They won't expect you to know anything particularly, if you are a law student, they might expect a broad grounding but they won't ask you to do anything with it and won't put you on the spot.
Like JSP says, pen and paper to write things down. Ask questions, show enthusiasm - if you are impressed, say so.
You will likely shadow a lot. If they ask you to do anything, make sure you write it down, and ask for guidance if not sure.
if you are left without anything to do, then ask. It is useful to have something activity-based that you can put on the CV ie research, drafting, taking notes in court, photocopying, making bundles etc.
you will be fine!
I am about to start a weeks work experience in the real estate department of a city firm this week and just wondered if anyone had any advice as to what I can expect etc
I know it may sound daft but I am really nervous about coming across as stupid and not knowing enough information.