Chris Hargreaves started his legal career as a clerk in a small law firm, before being admitted as a lawyer in 2005. He now works as a Senior Associate at McInnes Wilson Lawyers, practicing in commercial litigation, tax litigation and insolvency. In his free time, Chris also runs the website Tips for Lawyers.
Chris chatted with Survive Law about how he started his career and how law students can make a smooth transition from law school to law firm life…
I was in the passenger seat of my friend’s car when I got the phone call telling me my application for work experience at a volunteer legal organisation had been successful. Having never received such a phone call before, the reaction I gave to the person on the other line, and the reaction my friend saw, were vastly different.
The lovely, articulate lady on the end of the line received a polite, “Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to working with you.” My friend who was driving saw me throwing my free arm in the air, grinning like a fool and hitting her multiple times in excitement (Note: hitting a friend while they are driving is not recommended. Safe driving here, people).
Once I hung up the phone, however, the excitement was quickly overtaken by nervousness. What would I wear? What if I got lost? What if everyone there was mean and horrible? Needless to say in the lead up to my starting date I was, in the words of Ron Burgundy, in a glass case of emotion.
We have come to the time of semester where most students are planning on getting their assignments under control before the downhill run to the end of semester and exam prep. I’ve always preferred a good research paper or other written assignment to exams, and was usually able to lay the foundations for some good marks with a well-considered and written essay.
Here are my five top tips for writing an awesome law school assignment…
To be honest, there aren’t many things that would persuade me to spend my holidays at university, but the chance to study at Oxford University was never a matter in which I needed convincing. Last year I attended Oxford’s International Human Rights summer school and it was the highlight of my education experience to date.