By Alliah Castor
It’s incredibly easy to see the lockdown as an opportunity to take a break from
life. After all, most things have been put on hold; holidays, music festivals, nights
Whilst it is really important to focus on your physical and mental well-being now
more than ever, as law students, we should be making the most of every
opportunity that becomes available to us. And, frankly, activities catering
towards legally minded individuals have become much more accessible now as a
result of things going virtual.
You’re probably asking yourself: Well, what types of activities are there?
The types of events available range from webinars, online courses, virtual
internships, legal blogging or writing, etc. The list goes on! There is an
abundance of virtual events occurring as a means of giving prospective or
current law students a chance to still develop their skills, in replacement of in-
person events that have been cancelled or postponed.
There are various sources where you can find these events, and here’s just a
LinkedIn is not just a place where you find people, it’s a place where you find
opportunities. Through connecting with more individuals within the legal field,
you gain access to shared events, hosted by them or by their connections. The
types of events you will find on LinkedIn vary from webinars hosted by legal
practitioners or trainees, to virtual legal internships. A couple of examples of
legal internships which are heavily advertised on LinkedIn are LawyerUp and
the Bright Network Internship Experiences.
InsideSherpa is a fantastic website that has virtual experiences from a variety of
leading law firms, such as Pinsent Masons, Linklaters, and White & Case. In these
experiences, you are given ‘modules’, whereby you are instructed to perform a
legal task. It’s a great way to gain an insight into the type of work that is done at
these firms, and also boosts your legal skills as you can compare your work
against an exemplar that the firms provide at the end of a task.
Law schools all around the UK are hosting a plethora of legal webinars at the
moment on varying topics, and unless you are on all of their subscription lists,
the best way to find out about their events is through Eventbrite. Most law
schools will distribute ‘tickets’ to their free events on the Eventbrite website, for
example, BPP has a series of free webinars that you can get tickets for on
Eventbrite. So, instead of spying on every single legal website, try to find legal
events from Eventbrite directly!
Law websites for students
Legal Cheek, The Lawyer Portal, Lawcareers.net, etc. I’m sure all of these
websites sound familiar to you, they’re great resources for everything law
students may need. But what you may not have known is that they host their
events from time to time. For example, earlier this summer, Legal Cheek hosted
a virtual internship. So, make sure you are on these sites’ mailing lists!
Online course websites
Coursera, Futurelearn, Udemy, OpenLearn by The Open University, etc. Whilst
the sites themselves are not tailored specifically to law students; a lot of these
learning platforms have courses surrounding legal topics. This is a great way to
develop your legal education in the comfort of your own home - plus you get
certificates when you complete the courses.
Of course, these are only a few places where you can access these activities, it is
by no means an exhaustive list. However, by checking these places you will make
a great start in finding experiences that will keep you productive, and help you
learn more about the legal field! I say that’s a win-win!