By Kelly Dixon
The recent events of the lockdown took us all by surprise and have changed the way many of us do things.
All the University students have to take learning online and many had to give up their
graduation due to the restrictions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just university life that the virus has ruined. Graduate jobs are at an all-time low and for law students work experience, mini-pupillages and internships have had to be missed.
Law students know how difficult it is to break into the legal profession, and no matter how much networking you do everyone says how important practical experience is to gain work. With law firms’ doors closed it has been near impossible to get in anywhere to do work experience.
I am one of those law students who had to adapt to the circumstances and not only have to finish my degree online but also have to get ready for jobs online.
LinkedIn has been a lifesaver when it comes to keeping up to date and involved in the legal world. It is so easy to take a step back during the lockdown and pause all efforts of finding a job or progressing your education, but the webinars and virtual internships make educating yourself whilst in lockdown very accessible.
Just reaching out to and connecting with a variety of people online will open you up to
multiple opportunities that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own home. I, myself, have taken part in multiple webinars and virtual internships. I have learnt so much over the past couple of weeks from a variety of legal professionals that I am unlikely to have met if I had done a mini-pupillage in person.
I am so grateful to all of the legal professionals that have stepped up and have volunteered their time to boost the opportunities for law students from a variety of backgrounds. There are many different ways that people have spent their days in lockdown, and now that we’re finally coming out from the other end I hope that everyone thinks that it is has been time well spent.