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John C - Work Experience Student 2012

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For anybody thinking of pursuing a career with one of the fastest growing full-service law firms in Essex, then no look no further than Birkett Long. My recent work experience at the Colchester office of this long-established law firm was one that I cannot recommend enough to those hoping to pursue a legal career in the region.

Open to undergraduate students, this week-long placement lets you sit in one of the firm’s core practice areas. On arrival at the firm’s office in Colchester, I sat as a member of the Wills, Probate and Tax team, and felt very comfortable in going to my supervisor to ask questions and seek guidance. I found myself constantly challenged and made to think like a lawyer when set tasks by my supervisor, and gaining experience of client contact through meetings and seminars was something which I found very rewarding.

Cross-referral of work is a major aspect of Birkett Long’s work, so I was also able to gain experience across a variety of practices within the Colchester office. Here I was able to meet current trainees from across the firm, and discuss with them the exciting opportunities on offer to those wishing to obtain a training contract.

These invaluable insights into the legal world are something that any aspiring lawyer should look to gain. Birkett Long is a law firm with boundless ambition, and with the recent acquisition of another practice in Basildon, this is an exciting time for the firm. The work experience placement illustrated to me how fulfilling a possible career with Birkett Long could be, and is something that I am glad to have done.