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Top tips for law graduates to kick start your career

Written by: Corinne Mills in association with Totallylegal
Published on: 12 Jan 2023

Law graduate jobs

Are you a new law graduate or recently qualified and are now actively job seeking? In this article, Corinne Mills MD of Personal Career Management, gives her tips for how to write your law graduate CV and advice on how to search and apply for legal graduate vacancies.

Perfect your CV

Your law graduate CV should be well polished, simply formatted and show off the skills you have which are directly relevant to the type of law graduate jobs you are applying for.

Make sure your CV is presented using standard fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial as many companies use recruitment software to search through law graduate CVs and the software will not be able to read CVs with unusual fonts or heavy formatting such as graphics, columns and tables.

Remember to check your legal graduate CV for any errors, ask a family member or friend to double-check it for you.

If you’re applying for legal training contracts, you can read our CV tips for training contract applications article.

Be aware of your online presence

Interviewers will more than likely search for you on the internet to see if they can find out a bit more about you other than what is on your legal CV or application.

Make sure your Facebook profile is private and there is no information about you online that could show you in a negative way.

Every working professional should also have a LinkedIn profile that highlights your skills and capabilities in the same way as your law graduate CV.

Be prepared for interview

There is nothing worse than turning up for your interview unprepared. Ensure you take a copy of your CV and application form you submitted as well as a copy of the job description.

Prepare your answers to standard interview questions including why you have the skills to do the job, your strengths and weaknesses, and prepare to talk about some achievements which show off your capabilities. If you’re applying for training contracts, you can find out more about the most common law training contract interview questions in our article.

Thoroughly research the company beforehand including their products and services, recent press releases; how they compare with their competitors, industry trends etc. Talk about this research at the interview to show your genuine interest and commitment to work for the company

When gearing up for your training contract or paralegal interview, you must prepare some questions to ask your future employer. Read our blog for advice on questions to ask in law job interviews.

Where to find legal graduate jobs

There are lots of different types of legal jobs you can do with a law degree. For recent graduates of the LPC or a similar legal education qualification it can prove challenging to secure a Paralegal job with no experience. You can find information on how to become a Paralegal and apply for Paralegal jobs on TotallyLegal.

If you’re a soon-to-be graduate and want to consider your career options, then you can view our law graduate jobs or alternatively, set up a job alert to be notified when new training contracts or graduate law jobs become available.

There are several rewarding career options within law, both in-house and in practice, suited to law graduates who do not wish to qualify as a lawyer. If you’re considering alternative jobs for law graduates then read our suggestions here.

Graduate Career Coaching

Corinne Mills is the MD Personal Career Management who provide specialist career coaching and career advice to law graduates looking to decide on the right role and how to stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market.