My decision to study law took root around half way through High School and I’m not entirely sure what it was that planted the seed. I enjoyed both arts and sciences but when it came to thinking about university and flicking through prospectuses, law was the only option which really grabbed my attention. I had no idea what studying law would entail but it sounded interesting and challenging, and that sense of gravitas and the unknown reeled me in. It offered something new and exotic when compared to the subjects covered at school. I undertook a work experience placement during school at a high street firm. It was rather half-hearted (not representative of the one offered by Morton Fraser!) and in the firm's confusion over what to do with me I was left to browse through their law library for a few days, but miraculously even that didn't put me off. I took the leap and was accepted to study law at the University of Glasgow.
Thankfully I made the right decision and I really enjoyed my studies throughout my time at university. However, as the years went by and I approached the end of my studies, I had a similar choice to make: whether or not to embark on a career in private practice. To get some context, I undertook a number of placements with different firms which served as a helpful introduction to the realities of life in private practice, with the added bonus of not looking too bad on the CV.
At the time of writing, I am now nearly ten weeks into the traineeship and once again I have thankfully made the right choice. The reality of trainee life at Morton Fraser has been covered extensively (and accurately) in these blogs but if you are still at school and wondering whether law is the right subject for you, I would highly recommend trying to organise a work experience placement to give you some context for your decision.
If you are interested in applying for Morton Fraser's Work Experience Programme, click here for more information. If you have any questions about whether law at university or law in private practice might be the right path for you, feel free to get in touch with me directly on the details below.