Lucie completed a degree in International Affairs at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, followed by an LLB at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is now a trainee solicitor with Taylor Wessing
How did you get your job?
During my second year at the LSE I researched many law firms, looking in particular for innovative organisations with a diverse client base, and applied for a few vacation schemes and training contracts.
The application and recruitment process is long and trying, but a lot of support is available from online forums, peers and career centres. I found vacation schemes really helpful as they gave me a true insight into the work and character of each firm, making it easier to know what to expect on the job and helping me to make an informed choice when it came to a training contract.
After spending two weeks in the IP & Media and Private Equity departments of Taylor Wessing, I was offered a training contract. I then had to complete my third year of law school and the Legal Practice Course (LPC), before starting full time as a trainee.
What’s a typical day like as a trainee lawyer?
That depends on the department you sit in. My first two seats were contentious, in Patents Litigation and Disputes & Investigations. Tasks ranged from attending expert meetings, drafting statements of case, expert reports or witness statements, coordinating advice from lawyers around the globe, organising document reviews, researching a complex point of law and drafting an advice note to a client, to preparing documents and attending court hearings and liaising with opposing parties.
In my new seat, my work involves reviewing and amending contracts, drafting data protection and privacy policies, or researching obscure points of law to see how they apply to new technologies.
I'm also off on secondment to a client in a few weeks, so I expect the days there will be even more varied.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the constant intellectual stimulation and the novelty of each piece of work. Most tasks are challenging and really push you to get creative and find new ways of delivering the best quality work.
Everyone around me is super motivated, focused and ambitious - you're never bored.
What are the challenges?
Your workload can be unpredictable, and you often have to juggle competing commitments and deadlines. That's something you learn to handle along the way. Down the line it makes you a reliable professional and a great project manager.
In what way is your degree relevant?
While half of my trainee intake did not study a Law degree, I found mine incredibly valuable for the analytical skills it taught me, and to get some perspective on the impact of the work you do as a lawyer.
My first degree in international affairs gave me a well-rounded understanding of the political, economic, and social environments that companies evolve in, and taught me insights and lingo about business management. This is invaluable when communicating with clients and understanding their business.
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