In my experience

"I went to Guildford for my part one and to Lancaster Gate for my part two. I remember that one took place in the middle of articles so it was like going back to being a student. It was a nice escape from the office.

The teaching methods were like a crammer and the rooms were packed with people. We were only taught for about two hours every morning, so there was no collegiate atmosphere.

At the end of the course there was a great tradition: our results were announced in The Times which we could get from Printing House Square at 10 o'clock at night, so we made our way there via Fleet Street. It was a nice outing, as we visited all the pubs on the way.

There was a real sense of excitement which was only marginally spoiled when we got our results and the party split into those who returned to the pubs to celebrate and those who wanted to numb their disappointment. This tradition must be over since The Times isn't based in Fleet Street any longer."

Victor Semmens is chair of Eversheds and is based in Nottingham. He attended law school between 1962-1963.