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I'm a second year non-law student at a 'top-ten' university and was wondering whether to apply for vac schemes or to wait until my third year and go for the events then.

I have good academics ( high 2.1 in first year, a-stars at a level) but I don't have any legal work experience or for that matter much general work experience outside some volunteering. Also my extra-curriculars are pretty unspectacular. Would it be more worthwhile trying to get some non-vac scheme legal work experience instead?
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Hi

I'm a second year non-law student at a 'top-ten' university and was wondering whether to apply for vac schemes or to wait until my third year and go for the events then.

I have good academics ( high 2.1 in first year, a-stars at a level) but I don't have any legal work experience or for that matter much general work experience outside some volunteering. Also my extra-curriculars are pretty unspectacular. Would it be more worthwhile trying to get some non-vac scheme legal work experience instead?
Why not try and get both? Apply for non-VS and VS experiences simultaneously. If you get the former, it enhances your CV, if you manage to get the latter, you have a shot at a TC.

For Vac Schemes, grades do matter a lot. Other than that, it all comes down to how you present yourself on paper and sell yourself through the competency questions.
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Why not try and get both? Apply for non-VS and VS experiences simultaneously. If you get the former, it enhances your CV, if you manage to get the latter, you have a shot at a TC.

For Vac Schemes, grades do matter a lot. Other than that, it all comes down to how you present yourself on paper and sell yourself through the competency questions.
Thanks for your advice. I was worried that a bad vac scheme application might prejudice further applications but I gather that is not the case.

How many VS would you recommend someone like myself apply for? I have seen people saw that they've applied for up to 30, however I haven't started preparing for the application process and so am worried by the amount of time it might take.
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I'm a second year non-law student at a 'top-ten' university and was wondering whether to apply for vac schemes or to wait until my third year and go for the events then.

I have good academics ( high 2.1 in first year, a-stars at a level) but I don't have any legal work experience or for that matter much general work experience outside some volunteering. Also my extra-curriculars are pretty unspectacular. Would it be more worthwhile trying to get some non-vac scheme legal work experience instead?
You won't be able to apply for vac schemes at most firms because you will be too early.


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You won't be able to apply for vac schemes this year at most firms because you will be too early.


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Really? I lot of the firms I looked at (particularly MC/SC) offered vac schemes for second year law and non-law students.
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Thanks for your advice. I was worried that a bad vac scheme application might prejudice further applications but I gather that is not the case.

How many VS would you recommend someone like myself apply for? I have seen people saw that they've applied for up to 30, however I haven't started preparing for the application process and so am worried by the amount of time it might take.
You have a lot of time to start preparing. You're only second-year non-law after all. I would start doing research and networking at your stage.

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Really? I lot of the firms I looked at (particularly MC/SC) offered vac schemes for second year law and non-law students.
You're wrong there. Vac Schemes are open to second-year law and third-year non-law.
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You have a lot of time to start preparing. You're only second-year non-law after all. I would start doing research and networking at your stage.



You're wrong there. Vac Schemes are open to second-year law and third-year non-law.
Hey, I think that whilst traditionally summer vac schemes were only open to second year law, it is possible to get on them in second year non-law (eg. http://www.linklatersgraduates.co.uk...s/which-scheme )

However as I don't feel prepared for them yet, I will take your advice and start to research, network and get unofficial experience.
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