My top three tips for applying for a vacation scheme
Josh Hopkins is a Paralegal at Gowling WLG and took part in a two-week vacation scheme with us over the summer. Here, he shares his top three tips for putting together a brilliant application.
I’m not the typical law candidate – my undergraduate degree was in architecture and following one and a half years in architecture practice, I decided to convert to Law and did a Graduate Law Diploma (GDL) followed by Legal Practice Course (LPC). I did a vacation scheme earlier this year and I loved it, it was a fantastic way to experience exactly what the firm is like – you can read all you like about somewhere, but for me, I needed to experience it first-hand. I spent my first week in Corporate and my second week in Real Estate.
If you’re thinking about applying for a vacation scheme at Gowling WLG over the Christmas break, here are my top three tips:
1. Make yourself stand out – for all the right reasons
I was lucky that I could use my architecture experience as a reason to really stand out among the other candidates. Pick something – a hobby, some experience, your background, a particular project – that really helps you sell yourself.
2. Work experience is crucial
Your vacation scheme will be a brilliant experience and help you to understand exactly what it’s like to work at a particular firm. But if you’re able to get some work experience under your belt before you even apply for your vacation scheme, it’ll stand you in great stead. I spent a week in another law firm that was really useful, so use your contacts and even if it’s a small firm, or within a legal department at a bigger company, it’ll do wonders for your CV.
3. Check, check and check again
Give your application to someone else to read over – if they aren’t in law, that’s even better! I’ve always thought that if my application makes sense to someone outside the industry then it’s a good application because it’s clear enough for anyone to understand. And definitely don’t forget to proof for any mistakes.
We hope these tips will help you achieve application perfection. You can find out more about how to apply for a vacation scheme at Gowling WLG, here.