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    Hi, I am a final year law student and I am wondering what 'legal experience' employers (offering Training Contracts) expect and what experience other law students have.

    Have you ever actually gone to court? If so, how many times? Do you include that on your CV?

    What legal experience do you have?

    For example, I have been to Magistrates' court once and I have the following experience: -two weeks in a commercial law firm, -3 months in Citizens Advice, -2 months in University Law Clinic
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    (Original post by majaa)
    Hi, I am a final year law student and I am wondering what 'legal experience' employers (offering Training Contracts) expect and what experience other law students have.

    Have you ever actually gone to court? If so, how many times? Do you include that on your CV?

    What legal experience do you have?

    For example, I have been to Magistrates' court once and I have the following experience: -two weeks in a commercial law firm, -3 months in Citizens Advice, -2 months in University Law Clinic
    Depends where you are applying. It is some experience, but not massive.
    I dont think a few visits to court is going to make much difference.
    For the top firms then top students will have at least 2 and maybe 3 vacation schemes imo. Commercial experience is also good.
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    Maybe J-SP can clarify.
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    Seen successful candidates have anything from 0 experience (as in absolutely no legal work experience at all) to over 3 years experience.

    There isn’t really a set of expectations of what a candidate should have. It will vary from firm to firm, and also on the individual applicants other strengths/experience/evidence on their application.
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    (Original post by majaa)
    Hi, I am a final year law student and I am wondering what 'legal experience' employers (offering Training Contracts) expect and what experience other law students have.

    Have you ever actually gone to court? If so, how many times? Do you include that on your CV?

    What legal experience do you have?

    For example, I have been to Magistrates' court once and I have the following experience: -two weeks in a commercial law firm, -3 months in Citizens Advice, -2 months in University Law Clinic
    I think that your second question would best be answered if you posted this question in the 'Legal' forum, not the Law forum (which is more about academic degrees and applying to uni)

    The best thing you can do is put your Linkedin profile on private and stalk future trainee contract holders at the types of firm that you're interested in joining. There's likely a fair amount of variation in work experience within the cohort of 'future trainees', even within the City.

    From my personal experience, most people have a few weeks in law firms (through a combo of vac schemes + contacts), a mini pupillage or two (even if they're not ultimately interested in the Bar), and possibly exposure to a client-side industry like banking or energy. Everyone has volunteering experience these days.
 
 
 
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