In a former life I was a trainee solicitor at one of the biggest commercial law firms in Scotland. Below are eleven commandments which it would have been useful to follow from day one. They are listed as posted on Twitter:-
#1 : Thou shalt use the best authority possible for thy work
#2 : Thou shalt submit work to partners as if it is going out in thy name as partner
#3 : Thou shalt go to many social events but thou shalt not date anyone from the same law firm
#4 : Thou shalt work hard but not to 4am if not getting kept on
#5 : If asked to do a bun run, thou shalt just do it
#6 : Thou shalt use spreadsheets to track finance and more menial work
#7 : Thou shalt keep updated with relevant news via email subscriptions, twitter and google alerts
#8 : Thou shalt establish and develop a solid personal brand using Linkedin and Twitter
#9 : Thou shalt note that most of what is learnt on the llb bears little relation to practice
#10 : Thou shalt try to get as much client contact as possible
#11 : Thou shalt declare mistakes early and learn from them, but thou shalt not make the same mistake twice
These were originally retweeted and commented on by various great twitter contacts in my legal network, all of whom are well worth following:- @Greggio_f, @legaleaglemhm, @MagicCircleMinx, @Metlawyer, @alistair_sloan, @AshleyConnick, @highlandlawyer, @fiona_simpson, @HampshireLawyer, @vicmoffatt, @debbos, @Ju_Summerhayes, @Vidocq_CC and @lods1211.
I will repost their tweets below. If you’d like to add to the list, please either post your comment below or on twitter. It is hoped that these tips and comments coming from the UK’s legal network on twitter will assist any future trainee lawyers or even summer placement students wondering how they can get their traineeship off to a flying start.