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People have been telling me that apprently we need a really good personal statment to get into a good uni, and I SO believe that a mate I know got 4 As for biology chemistry physics and Maths and she got rejects buy cambridge and Oxford cause her personal statement was crap...
That why I wanna do some work experience in the hols, you guyys got any good ideas? something to do with Law seen as I wanna do Law in Uni, somewher in london?
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Hmmm I think there are more important things than your personal statement...how does your friend know it was her personal statement that let her down? If your applying to LNAT universities, e.g UCL, Kings, Bristol etc make sure you do well on that. I don't think work experience is really necessary, but I suppose it helps. I did 6 months work experience at Uxbridge County Court just one day a week and at my interview at UCL, the professor only asked me a few questions about it, but I did get offered a place, although she was more impressed by my A Level subjects (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English Lit). Try County or Magistrates courts, solicitors firms don't often offer work experience in my experience. Good luck! x
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Um...wouldn't this be better off in the law forum? You'll get more of a response there.
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(Original post by GUNNER4JAY)
People have been telling me that apprently we need a really good personal statment to get into a good uni, and I SO believe that a mate I know got 4 As for biology chemistry physics and Maths and she got rejects buy cambridge and Oxford cause her personal statement was crap...
That why I wanna do some work experience in the hols, you guyys got any good ideas? something to do with Law seen as I wanna do Law in Uni, somewher in london?
A good personal statement has little to do with work experience. It has to do with honesty, lack of pomposity (though elegant writing certainly doesn't go amiss). People try far too hard with personal statements. In the end, grades, references, entrance tests and evidence of academic interest are what'll impress.

I work in a solicitors' office at the moment and from what I've seen of the work experience people who come in from time to time, summer 'work experience' wouldn't be worth your while: you'll spend most of it doing mundane and unedifying jobs, and generally being seen as a bit of a nuisance unfortunately. If you must have legal experience, ask for an opportunity to sit in on proceedings in your county court or in a high court for a couple of days. Or if you know of any barristers, ask if you can shadow for a few days. This is actually a very rewarding experience for people who want to study law. I'd also not merely advise, but insist that you read an introduction to the English legal system, and, if you're really into it, read an introduction to Common Law.

Your personal statement must, however, focus on your individual as well as your academic reasons for wanting to do law, and demonstrate your suitability. Aim to impress, but don't try too hard.
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It's a bit late now to get work experience this summer...
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A law firm? Soz, I'm not very helpful
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It's a bit late now to get work experience this summer...
Yeh, u need to apply really early if you want summer experience.
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Hey, I had some work experience with the Crown Prosecution Service a few years ago, and having been to both the Crown Court and a Solicitors firm it was definitely the most valuable of the three. The CPS is generally welcoming of work experience students because of their need to serve the community and because of the size of the organisation, fourtunately you don't feel as though you're "getting in the way". What's more you can see the work of both a Solicitor and a Barrister and it gives you a more rounded view of the whole legal process. You get the opportunity to see behind the scenes; in the office and the preparation of files, through to sitting in at the Magistrates and Crown Court. The only problem I guess is that it focuses heavily on the criminal aspect of Law but any work experience is useful.
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In a completely random and irrelevant point, either you or your mate is lying unless she went through the applications process twice - you can only aplpy to Oxford OR Cambridge - not both.
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Apply to local firms for work experience. I managed to get a week in a highstreet firm after applying only a month in advance. You will probably get a lot of rejections but sometimes there is light at the end of the tunnel if you persist and you may find yourself with some kind of informal shadowing or work experience .
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I only did a weeks worth in a high street solicitors firm, but all the above suggestions are good too. You could also just go and sit in public hearings at your local court.

To be honest, yes you need a strong personal statement, but that's not the be all and end all. Once you've got an interview, they place a lot of emphasis on how well you do there.
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Hey, I had some work experience with the Crown Prosecution Service a few years ago, and having been to both the Crown Court and a Solicitors firm it was definitely the most valuable of the three. The CPS is generally welcoming of work experience students because of their need to serve the community and because of the size of the organisation, fourtunately you don't feel as though you're "getting in the way". What's more you can see the work of both a Solicitor and a Barrister and it gives you a more rounded view of the whole legal process. You get the opportunity to see behind the scenes; in the office and the preparation of files, through to sitting in at the Magistrates and Crown Court. The only problem I guess is that it focuses heavily on the criminal aspect of Law but any work experience is useful.
How do you go around asking for work experience from the CPS? Did you just call them and ask for HR manager or did you go through a formal scheme?

I've sent quite a few speculative applications to different high-street solicitors but most have gotten back to me either saying that I've missed the boat, or that I should come back in a year or two (am currently entering 2nd year of non-law degree). I've had mildly positive response from two though, but nothing has actually been agreed yet.
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In a completely random and irrelevant point, either you or your mate is lying unless she went through the applications process twice - you can only aplpy to Oxford OR Cambridge - not both.
First of all: really? I never knew that.

Second of all: I love your signature Hippo picture!


I'm having trouble with the fact that NO law firm anywhere are interested in giving me work experience. So if you sit in on some court proceedings, is this a good way of showing you're interested? And would it actually be more beneficial than making coffee for solicitors and generally being an annoying 'spare part'?
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(Original post by kjc_us)
First of all: really? I never knew that.

Second of all: I love your signature Hippo picture!


I'm having trouble with the fact that NO law firm anywhere are interested in giving me work experience. So if you sit in on some court proceedings, is this a good way of showing you're interested? And would it actually be more beneficial than making coffee for solicitors and generally being an annoying 'spare part'?
Lol, thanks!

Actually, you'd be pleasantly surprised by work experience. I've had three periods, and I have not yet had to make any tea. In fact, my very first experience on my very first day was listening through police interview tapes and noting them down, which I found fascinating.

You really shouldn't get work experience just for the CV. I get it because I want to see what people who work in Law in various capacities do on a day-to-day basis and I really, really enjoy it. Plus, it looks great :p:

Don't go to court just to put it on your PS. I've been to court a few times outside of work experience, and visited the RCJ and the Old Bailey for a day. All very interesting
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I've sent quite a few speculative applications to different high-street solicitors but most have gotten back to me either saying that I've missed the boat, or that I should come back in a year or two (am currently entering 2nd year of non-law degree). I've had mildly positive response from two though, but nothing has actually been agreed yet.
Quoting myself here. Yae, managed to get a week of work experience! So happy, I only started emailing companies last week. I hope I'll get a few more weeks at other firms before the summer is over.
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Quoting myself here. Yae, managed to get a week of work experience! So happy, I only started emailing companies last week. I hope I'll get a few more weeks at other firms before the summer is over.
Brilliant...what kind of firm is it?
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Brilliant...what kind of firm is it?
It's legal aid, criminal and family.
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It's legal aid, criminal and family.
Nice one...those are always the most fun (atleast in my opinion). Comparing my notes ( i did a placement at 23 Essex Street chambers who specialise in criminal and legal aid) with those of my friend who did experience at a set that specialised in chancery, I thought i'd definately come out on top. I know yours is at a firm but still- the type of work is pretty universal.
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How do you go around asking for work experience from the CPS? Did you just call them and ask for HR manager or did you go through a formal scheme?
I spoke to the careers advisor and she advised me to contact them. I just loacted their number, (yellow pages might be a good source) and asked to speak to the relevant person with regards to work experience. It was a pain though, she only worked Tuesdays and Thursdays. :rolleyes:
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In a completely random and irrelevant point, either you or your mate is lying unless she went through the applications process twice - you can only aplpy to Oxford OR Cambridge - not both.
Not true: organ scholars can apply to both... :p:
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