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Moulding futures

If your office is anything like mine, the start of summer means the start of a steady flow of work experience and vacation scheme students.

30 June 2014

This may fill your heart with joy as you relish the opportunity to guide, educate and mould these (typically) younger aspirational sorts on their way to legal maturity.

For others, you may be filled with dread. How do you make the law seem interesting, practical and worthwhile in only a week or two? Can this fledgling worker contribute anything more than making a sub-par cup of tea? Is it bad to lock them away in a copying room and have them prepare bundles for court?

It's hard to believe that it was over 20 years ago when I first stepped foot in a law office. Having no family or family friends in the profession and my school without any existing relationships with local firms, it was down to me to find somewhere suitable to accommodate me for two week as part of a compulsory work experience.

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