(Original post by grad2009)
Thanks soo much TommehR... That is a BIG help!!!! This is my first vac scheme and I am actually a non-law student so really was not sure what to expect....and WGM seems to be the friendliest firm I have met so far so super duper excited about doing a placement with them!!!!
Did you get a training contract with them subsequent to the VS with them?
And also do they make us do research on law-related issues? If so, should I start reading some law journal or something? Any other tips on the socials or general attitude of the people and what they expect us to do??
Thanks again for the prompt help!! :-)
It is a really nice firm. Pretty much everybody was really friendly. I didn't get the TC, which was a shame, even though I'd already decided I didn't want to go US.
I think it's inevitable that you will get asked to do some research at some point, but they provide a bit of training on how to use some of the search facilities, and you can always ask a trainee for a pointer. I'm not sure there's much to be gained from reading Law Journals, but you might want to have a bit of a practice with Lexis Nexis Butterworths, which is one of the main databases of journals/cases/legislation/etc. Your university should have a subscription to it so have a look for it. If you can't find it, don't worry. They'll give you a bit of training on it.
The socials were all pretty good, although the fact that there were only four of us might have detracted from it a bit. A lot of trainees came along to the socials though, so it wasn't that big a problem. I can't remember exactly what socials we did and for all I know they'll have changed them by now. Also, if I don't tell you it's more exciting on the first day of the scheme when you get your timetable!
You're not expected to be a legal genius or to know how to do everything they ask you to do. Inevitably there will be a bit of time when your immediate supervisor doesn't have anything for you to do. If the happens, pop around to the nearby offices and introduce yourself and ask if there's anything for you to do. Don't push too hard though if they don't have anything as you might come across as irritating. Just try and have a go at everything they ask you to do and do your best. If you're really stuck then ask for clarification. Most of all, try and be as enthusiastic as possible (without being irritating), really act like you want to be there, and try and ask interesting, not obvious, questions.
Hope that helps.