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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.
With your exams out of the way and the mercury reaching record levels (well almost) it can only mean one thing – school’s out and summer’s finally arrived.
But before you don your bikini and sun hat there’s one last item to tick off your itinerary – summer vacation schemes. If you’re lucky enough to have secured one or indeed several then follow these simple tips to make sure you shine during your placement:
· Tackle every task, however mundane, with enthusiasm and to the best of your ability.
· Get involved in the office as well as the social events.
· Don’t act smug - no one is ever impressed with the student who boasts about how many other vacation placements they’ve secured.
· Ask lots of questions and show a willingness to learn.
· Be yourself.
· Be proactive - if you don’t have enough to do then tell someone.
· Always carry a pen and notepad.
· If you don’t understand instructions ask your supervisor to go through them again.
· Be punctual and do not go in with a hangover.
· Don’t race out of the door at 5.30pm every day.
· Dress appropriately - stick to business attire.
· Although vacation schemes are essentially a two-week interview you’re not on The Apprentice so don’t be overly competitive.
· Watch your behaviour on social outings - don’t get too drunk and definitely avoid pulling your fellow schemers, members of the graduate recruitment team or trainees.
· Do not assume that people in HR (or any other support service) are stupid.
· Do not make carping remarks about the ‘quality’ of the food, venue or wine you’re being treated to.
· Don’t send personal emails or make too many personal phonecalls and avoid Facebook or any other social networking site.
· Don’t use your mobile phone or iPod while sitting with your supervisor.
· Don’t end your email with ‘love and kisses’ - sign off using ‘kind regards’ and always remember to say thank you.
· Remember to mention Lawyer 2B because that’s where you got all these top tips from.