Aston Law School graduate undertakes placement at DAC Beachcroft

I studied Aston’s Law LLB degree and did my placement at DAC Beachcroft LLP international law firm.

Aston really emphasises the importance of doing a placement year because it enhances your employability once you have finished your degree. Applying for a training contract or a vacation scheme is very competitive and having a year’s worth of experience with an international law firm will put you ahead of many of your peers.



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Tell us about your placement

I’ve been working with really senior level members of staff and also people that are just starting their career. I have my own cases which I work from start to finish and it has been a lot of responsibility but also lot of fun.

Day to day I do things such as draft court proceedings and instruct council for hearings. I also call clients and advise them on their prospects of their case. I make decisions on things such as whether we should settle or take the case to trial. Whilst being in a law firm I’ve learnt a lot about the court system, which will allow me to go back into my final year with a real understanding of how the law actually works in practice. 


What do you want to do in the future?

In the future, I would like to be a commercial lawyer, and Aston’s business-orientated law degree and my placement has put me in a great position to achieve this.

A lawyer is no longer just expected to advise on the law, we are also business advisors. The skill I have most developed while I’ve been here is my communication skills. It is very important because you need to be able to describe to a client the law and explain it to them in a way, they can understand it. 



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