5 Top Tips to Make the Most of Law Fairs
The trainees caught up with Rebecca Crosdil this week to ask her top 5 tips for making the most of law fairs.
Many of you will soon be returning to university to start a new term and you will soon receive news about the law fairs at your university. Whilst it may seem like weeks away, it’s never too early to start thinking about attending and preparing now to make the most of your law fair:
1. Update your calendar
As soon as information about the law fair is available, make a note of the date and times in your calendar or diary. Attending a law fair is a great way to learn as much as possible about the law firms you are thinking of applying to. It is an opportunity to network and discuss any particular queries you have.
2. Prepare, prepare, prepare
Preparing for a law fair is a key part in making sure you make the most of it. Before attending the fair, find a list of law firms attending and research them to narrow them down to a key list of firms. You will then be able to target the firms that you want to learn more about and you will already have background knowledge before attending the fair to start a conversation with those members of the firms attending.
3. Be professional
Dress smartly and shake hands with the people on the stand. This isn’t only an opportunity for you to learn more about the firms but it is also an opportunity for firms to learn more about you as a potential vacation scheme/training contract applicant.
4. Ask questions
If you have researched the firm and there is any aspect of the firm or recruitment process you would like clarification on, you should ask specific questions – don’t ask questions which you can find the answer to on the firm’s website. If you are interested in applying for vacation schemes and training contracts, it is a good idea to ask whether the firms interview on a rolling basis or only after the application closing date. You will then know how early to get your application in.
5. Patience and perseverance
Be prepared to be there for the duration of the fair, especially if you have a lot of firms you want to talk to. Don’t be put off from talking to a firm because there is a queue – be prepared to wait or go back to that stand later. It will be busy and the venue will likely get warm so make sure you take a bottle of water. You should also expect to come away with lots of brochures so taking a bag with you is very helpful!
Have any questions? Feel free to get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Rebecca Crosdil
Current Seat: Development
Previous Seats: Real Estate – Investment, Residential Conveyancing, Corporate and Employment
Studied: Jurisprudence at Magdalen College, Oxford University
Outside of work, I can usually be found… baking cakes, in the garden growing vegetables or helping with the livestock on my parents’ smallholding.
Favourite Film: Pirates of the Caribbean