My First Month as a Trainee Solicitor
I have now completed my first month as a Trainee Solicitor and what a fast paced, challenging and enjoyable month it has been!
My time so far has been varied with not a single day the same, reflecting the dynamic nature of family law. From my very first day I have played an active role in different matters. Tasks that I have undertaken include drafting different documents, preparing correspondence, undertaking legal research and meeting with clients. Although I still have a lot more to learn, I have gained an incredible amount of new skills, knowledge and confidence. I am working in the office which is of great benefit to me as I have been able to build good working relationships with the other firm members and clients.
In order to succeed so far, I have found that it is important to always keep an open mind and attempt any task to the best of my ability. The development of good habits is also vital. For example, I have found the use of a diary very helpful in ensuring that I am able to remain up to date with different tasks and prioritise effectively. As my time as a trainee progresses and the workload increases, I believe the positive habits I am beginning to form will be the key to a successful traineeship.
The transition from student to trainee is certainly nerve wracking with a quick change in lifestyle and a lot of expectations to live up to. However, I have found it has been made much easier due to the supportive and encouraging nature of the firm. I am never afraid to ask questions and know that help is always available.
Although, there is a lot more coming my way, I am excited to take on future challenges head on and continue on my path to becoming a qualified solicitor.
By Rachel Ferguson
Lesley Anderson Law