If you aren’t in the running for lawyership in London, this may not be the most interesting post (sorry! come back later!!). For those of you who are interested, you may proceed.
This whole training contract business is such drama.
hours, days, months filling out crazy applications online that include such relevant information as your 8th grade algebra results, a time you worked well in a group and why oh why you just love the law so much that you want to do law forever and ever amen. All of this at least two years in advance of your actual start date.
When you finally get an almighty coveted training contract, you feel like a mad superstar.
But then you start working… and the universe (a.k.a. senior lawyers/partners) put you back in your place, usually in the form of bundling documents, printing, stapling or making amendments to documents all.night.long.
There isn’t much you can do about that but smile/nod/cry at home (and obviously get the best work you can from the more reasonable people in the team, duh).
But when it comes to trainee-on-trainee drama…. watch out.
Over the course of the two years, there is so much pressure and drama – a lot of which is either self-inflicted or inflicted within the trainee intake. This should not be the case, and is not always the case, depending on the group of trainees. My intake of trainees is the bee’s knees. While everyone has different areas of interest, we all get along just swell. There may be some imminent distancing between some over the next couple of months as we approach qualification (a.k.a. the legal hunger games) but I have a pretty good feeling that my amazing group of trainees will be just fine (and everyone will have a job offer… somewhere).
(On the plus side, I am out of the running already so I get to stay friends with everyone!)
But not all trainee groups are the same. Some are cutthroat, competitive, exclusive, backstabbing d-bags who pretend to be friendly but are willing to throw you in front of the first double-decker they see coming. These types of trainees are to be avoided… at all costs… like the plague – they are game-players and someone will eventually see through all the B.S. – you can bet that the more experienced trainees and junior lawyers do – for sure.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I love a little competition… but by default, the whole training contract is competitive so there is no need to go heating it up and causing drama where there doesn’t need to be any. So for all of you current trainees or future trainees – keep your friends close and don’t give into the game playing and drama that surrounds seat changes and qualification. You shouldn’t be making major professional decisions under the influence of middle-school-esque drama… so don’t.