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Work experience during uni
Aug 20th, 2009 at 4:54pm
 
Hello all,

I've graduated with my LL.B. Originally I had very little intention of going into the legal profession - I did my degree for its academic merits, because I enjoyed it and because it seemed broad enough to be useful to a number of employers. In my last year, however, I became more inclined towards the idea of practicing. So I have arrange a diploma place, but I still lack law-based work experience. So, this summer being something of a bust, I'm pretty stuck for time.

Would it be possible/common for a student to be given work experience during the ordinary academic year for, say, a day and maybe a couple of afternoons a week, whilst obviously attending classes at other times? I imagine it won't help being in one of the smaller cities, Aberdeen in this case, but I'd certainly be interested to see if anyone has been engaged in anything similar.
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Reply #1 - Aug 24th, 2009 at 11:13am
 
You probably won't find anything with the bigger firms in Aberdeen - they have set recruitment periods. But I'm sure a small practice might be more positive to taking you in now and then. Have you got a Diploma place? Which year are you looking for a traineeship to begin?
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Reply #2 - Aug 25th, 2009 at 11:56pm
 
CC87 wrote on Aug 24th, 2009 at 11:13am:
You probably won't find anything with the bigger firms in Aberdeen - they have set recruitment periods. But I'm sure a small practice might be more positive to taking you in now and then. Have you got a Diploma place? Which year are you looking for a traineeship to begin?


It would certainly be handy. Yes, I have a diploma place at Aberdeen for this year. Unfortunately, I'm new to the city, having done my degree elsewhere.
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Reply #3 - Aug 26th, 2009 at 9:31am
 
I also have this query. Am studying the diploma at Aberdeen and am trying to figure out how many hours can be devoted to work outwith the course.

Does anyone have a sample timetable for the Diploma in Aberdeen?
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Reply #4 - Aug 26th, 2009 at 4:00pm
 
finequine wrote on Aug 26th, 2009 at 9:31am:
I also have this query. Am studying the diploma at Aberdeen and am trying to figure out how many hours can be devoted to work outwith the course.

Does anyone have a sample timetable for the Diploma in Aberdeen?


Hello.

Yes - I emailed the Department asking vaguely similar stuff, and they emailed me last year's Semester 1 timetable, which apparently doesn't change very much year-to-year. Since there doesn't seem to be an attachment function here, I've uploaded it to one of those file-hosting sites http://www.quickfilepost.com/download.do?get=ad8988a4c563a779b64703f6a0e30bf2 - sorry about all the adverts and stuff.

As for the working thing, someone posted in the 'Diploma - worth it?' thread (http://www.scottishlaw.org.uk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1244239780/6#6) saying:

"I was at Aberdeen. 14 hours a week max.

I managed to hold down a 40 hour a week job, and a 16 hour a week job along with the diploma. "
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Reply #5 - Aug 27th, 2009 at 2:39pm
 
finequine wrote on Aug 26th, 2009 at 9:31am:
I also have this query. Am studying the diploma at Aberdeen and am trying to figure out how many hours can be devoted to work outwith the course.

Does anyone have a sample timetable for the Diploma in Aberdeen?


This was what I had last year

Term 1
Monday - 2 hours Professional Ethics (every 2 weeks), 2 hours Private Client
Tuesday - 2 hours Accounts
Wednesday - 2 hours Conveyancing
Thursday - 3 hours Criminal Court Practice
Friday - 1 hour Criminal Court Procedure (only 3 times), 2 hours Civil Court Procedure

Term 2
Monday - 2 hours Company and Commercial, 2 hours Ethics (every 2 weeks)
Tuesday - 3 hours Civil Court Practice
Wednesday - 2 hours Conveyancing
Thursday - 2 hours Financial Services, 2 hours Private Client
Friday - OFF

Hope that helps a bit.
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