The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
As you’ve probably guessed – there’s no ‘right’ answer to this question – only suggestions. Focus on using your time well, making the most of the opportunity. Some time out is a great way to build some skills, whether it’s learning a language or gaining industry exposure. Given the diversity of law, you can then recall your gap year experiences as evidence of ‘initiative’, ‘enthusiasm’, ‘teamwork’, ‘communication’, and all those other buzz words, which transfer across easily as valuable preparation for the life of a trainee solicitor.
Fellow colleagues have spent time working with charities in far-flung places; as ski-instructors on sunny slopes; as teaching assistants abroad; or monitoring environmental projects; or island hopping in the Far East. Even more local experiences – working in advice centres or in small businesses - offer the chance to develop communication skills and commercial awareness. Being able to demonstrate planning, time management and execution of your gap year in a productive manner will speak volumes about your personality. Most of all, enjoy it.