The work experience programme aimed for students still at school is varied and planned in such a way to give some insight and experience in of the firm’s different sectors. It is a great opportunity to actually discover what it is like working in a law firm and aids in the decision making process of university course choices.
For years I have been considering studying Law. Yes, perhaps I was intrigued by the sophisticated language used by lawyers in the American TV series ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Suits’, but I felt there was more to my passion than being a couch potato and watching TV and so I decided to be slightly more proactive and I essentially gave up my school half-term holiday to spend some time doing work experience.
When choosing where to do my work experience, Morton Fraser seemed like the perfect choice. It’s location was a great advantage to me amongst other things, but what mainly sparked my interest was the organisation put behind the programme and the well thought through timetable I was given. You can toss the work experience you've seen in movies out the window. Not once was I asked to carry out a more general jobs such as photocopying papers or making coffee. Please don’t get me wrong; the ability to make good coffee should be a priority for everyone, but to be honest, there are better ways to learn about working in a law firm.
I spent everyday in a different part of the firm. This not only helped me realise that things that sounded not-so-interesting could actually prove to be quite exciting, but also that there are so many other branches of law that someone still in school might not have even heard of. Tasks varied from proofreading drafts of contracts, keeping an eye out for errors, to having the chance to watch someone work, with them explaining what they were doing. Something I found particularly interesting was that I had the chance to chat with the digital marketing co-ordinator who amongst other technicalities kindly showed me how Morton Fraser uses social networking sites to reach out to potential clients. (May I also add that I haven’t just popped this sentence in because the digital marketing co-ordinator will be proofreading this post!) Lastly, I visited the courts on a few occasions for different reasons. This meant I had a break from sitting indoors in May. Honestly, who doesn’t love the Scottish summer!
All jokes and lies (no one really appreciates the weather here) aside, this week certainly wasn’t a week of tedious tasks and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of studying law. Everyone I spoke to was very kind and keen to answer any questions I might have had, whether it was about working in a law firm or studying law at university. For me, this week has definitely confirmed to me I have made the correct university choice. This might not be the case for everyone indulging themselves in some work experience, but this is a positive too! It is better to know what you might be getting yourself into before it becomes very hard to get out of. So, whether you might be considering law or just fancy a week of great fun, definitely consider applying at Morton Fraser for their work experience programme!