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    Hi guys, just wondering if anyone was doing a gap year this year and will be studying law next year, and if so what do you plan on doing in your year out? Also, any students that have taken a gap year already and are now studying law this year - what did you do in your gap year and do you have any advice as to what could be useful to do?

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    Hi guys, just wondering if anyone was doing a gap year this year and will be studying law next year, and if so what do you plan on doing in your year out? Also, any students that have taken a gap year already and are now studying law this year - what did you do in your gap year and do you have any advice as to what could be useful to do?

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    I've done a gap year this year, doing Law at the University of Manchester in September. I personally spent it all working at my local Waitrose in a customer services role. The commercial awareness (something law firms always bang on about) you can gain from jobs like working in a supermarket is actually quite a lot. Waitrose, as part of the JLP (John Lewis Partnership) is unique in that every employee is essentially a shareholder of the business. Therefore you are constantly informed of ways to help the business in the way you perform your role and are made aware of the challenges the business is facing. As a city lawyer for example, as well as possessing an excellent knowledge of the relevant law to your practice areas, you also need top knowledge of the client's business, the challenges they face, as well as that of the relevant industry they are in. Many city firm grad recruitment teams will point this out too. Any part time job will likely open you up to gaining commercial awareness and would be useful on application forms to law firms as an example. Also, maybe do some light reading around some of your first year modules. Do not try and learn it all as you wont be able to go into the depth/understanding you will at university but getting an overview/intro will help. It also gets your brain back into learning mode as it is often said gap year students find it really difficult to get back into the learning routine.
 
 
 
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