My Experience: Legal Cheek – Virtual Law Fair

Hey Everyone 💙

I hope that everyone is keeping safe and well and remaining positive. Ngl, this second wave is making me a bit anxious and low but I am making a conscious effort to try and stay upbeat and look for the positives of this horrid situation.

Anyway, on Tuesday afternoon, I attended the Legal Cheek – virtual law fair. I always like attending as many events that I can as it allows me to interact directly with the firms that I am hoping to apply to in this cycle. This event was laid out brilliantly. It still baffles me how technology has advanced so much within such a short space of time and how the legal industry has adapted incredibly to the current situation.

The afternoon consisted of seminar type sessions offered by leading experts however, the heart of the event was the ‘expo’. Here, a total of 54 law firms attended which is simply mind-blowing. You had the option to join any firm and listen to them speak and answer questions. You also had the option to turn on your microphone and camera and ask them your question live on screen.

I want to approach this event a small bit different to how I approached my other ones. Normally, I would give you a run down of exactly what occurred at the event and some pointers. However, I want to encourage you all to start applying and attending these events yourself as although I try and portray everything sometimes, I may miss out some details. These events are hugely important (plus they are free) and I just wish that they existed in the same magnitude when I was back in first year. I know that Legal Cheek will be running another few fairs over the coming months so I really want to highlight the benefits that can come from such events.

What I learned from this event 💡

Clifford Chance opened the afternoon with a very insightful application skills session. We were walked through the whole application form in a relaxed and chatty manner, making me feel much more capable of approaching the actual application.

Time management – there was so many firms to cover and little time between the sessions so I recommend planning in advance the firms you want to tune into. I ended up staying between two booths which provided me with full enriched conversations and not merely segments of a conversation.

NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK – just because the fair came to an end does not mean that your networking stops. I like to connect with the people that posed interesting questions and themes and reach out to them on Linkedin after the event, highlighting my reasons for reaching out.

A website can tell you a lot about a firm but speaking directly to its employees is worth gold – having the ability to ask about the firm’s culture, social events, level of responsibility and clientele directly from current trainees and other staff members will give you a feel for the firm in a way that no written piece can. For example, I now know what research tool my dream firm uses and so I can hot up on my understanding and knowledge of this and be a step ahead.

Recommendations – In this short event, I had so many different people at all stages of their legal journey share resources that helped or continue to help them. I have a new list of books, podcasts and online resources that can help with an array scenarios or issues.

Making yourself and your name known – we had the option to connect our Linkedin and website to our profile before the event. Connecting with your peers is so important in creating and maintaining a supportive network throughout your learning. Equally, going on camera or sharing questions via the chat function makes your name known to the firm. The more this happens the more the firm will see you as a committed applicant.

With all that being said, this is still only the tip of the iceberg. Like always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me through any of the platforms linked at the top of the homepage.

I would like to thank Legal Cheek for creating this event and so many others and making them accessible and free to all. I really appreciate the time and effort it took to bring such a large project together. Big shoutout to Legal cheek. It still remains one of my go to sources and I can’t wait to tune into more events in the future. Virtual round of applause for you !!

I hope I’ve highlighted the importance of virtual events and inspired you to attend more of them. Also, I have a very exciting video coming to you on Sunday that I’ve worked so hard on and can’t wait to share with you.

Until next time,

Evangeline.

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