Article by Zainab Hassan

Harry Clark is a future trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie, due to start his training contract in September 2020. While studying the LLB, Harry undertook various work experience and extra-curricular activities, which boosted his applications and helped him secure his training contract during his undergraduate degree. He will be commencing the LPC in January 2020.

Harry has found great satisfaction in mentoring during his time at university and now that he is focusing on his blog, more students have been able to reach out to him.

In today’s interview, Harry shares great tips for those who are still choosing which types of firms to apply to and what can make you stand out in your applications.

Hi Harry, please share with us what the current stage of your career is?

I recently graduated from the University of York in August having studied law there for 3 years. Whilst at university, I was fortunate enough to receive a training contract offer with Baker McKenzie (London) for September 2020, meaning I would commence the Commercial LLM/LPC in January 2020 at BPP Holborn.

As a result, I’ve had the rest of the year post-graduation to spend freely before starting law school next year. I went travelling for a month in Vietnam, worked some part-time jobs to generate some income and (most excitedly) launched my law blog through my renewed efforts at LinkedIn!

What experiences or advice helped you choose which type of law you wanted to enter?

My first legal work experience was at a high street family law firm when I was around 16. It really helped me learn more about what a lawyer actually did day-to-day – working with clients, drafting and amending paperwork, etc. – as I’d never studied law prior to university. Whilst I really enjoyed it, I felt that another area of law that could provide a context to my work beyond the local area would be much more appealing to me. The week after, I did another week of work experience at a corporate firm which specialised in shipping. I found the transactional, outcome-focused approach to […]

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