The summer before second year of university has been a busy one! It has flown by and now it is the week before I go back. BUT… what am I doing to prepare for starting university again?
Second year is a big year as it is the first year that counts towards your overall degree (first year definitely still counts! See my post on What I Wish I Knew Before Studying Law at University to find out why). Not only that, for law students it is the time to start applying to law firms. This can be both stressful and daunting (but also exciting!).
For me, the start of second year is a time of decisions. Do I want to start applying to law firms? Do I want to do a year abroad? Questions that I still don’t know the answer to! That is why it is important to make the transition into second year as stress free as possible!
So, what am I doing to achieve this?
The biggest thing I am doing is planning. I have looked into deadlines and opening dates for each of the law firms I am interested in. I have written them down in my planner so I can quite clearly see what time I have to write applications.
This eases the pressure when my schedule starts to get a lot busier with everything going on at university.
Researching law firms
Carrying on from the last point, researching law firms means I will be able to apply to the law firms I want to, and I already have the information in front of me.
This was especially kick started by my attendance at the Bright Network Future Lawyers Top 100 event (see my blog post on it for some tips!). This event really showed me what kind of law firm I want to apply to.
This means I can tailor applications to the firm better as I have researched it. This research will be carried on throughout my last week of the holidays and continuing throughout university.
It is good to go into application season having already researched the firms you are wanting to apply to!
Furthermore, I have researched the open days I am interested in attending so again, I am ready when the time comes to apply. It also makes it much easier getting them in your diary, so you can plan around them.
Ordering my business cards
As I am preparing for university, I am definitely going to be attending more networking events this year. This not only helps to find out more about the firms you are networking with, it also shows you are interested in the firms.
Doing this right at the start of the year makes things less stressful when your schedule starts to get busier.
You always need a back to school haul! Who doesn’t love a bit of new stationary? Nothing better than new stationary to kick start your motivation!
I have been getting last minute bits like some new bedding and pens. I have also been ordering some polaroid pictures to go on my picture board.
My postcards from Legally Liana have also arrived today and I can’t wait to get them up at university!
Meeting up with friends and family
This might be the last time you will see your friends and family for a while, so it is a great time to meet up over a drink or plan a day together (my friends and I went to get pancakes!).