Isabelle is 16 years old and she spent this week with us on Work Experience. She is currently studying English Lit, History, Law and Music in her first year of A-Levels. We asked Isabelle what advice she would give to others looking to gain Work Experience.
“The advice I would offer to future students looking to gain work experience is to definitely apply to Matrix. The work experience has been vital in helping me to decide that a career in law is what I want to do when I’m older. I think it is important to undertake some work experience in a chambers to understand how it works, and know whether or not you would want to study law in the future.
I think it is important to have an understanding of careers in law because, if you want to be a barrister/solicitor, you have to study for many years in further education and you should be certain that you want this career, as it is very competitive and requires a lot of dedication.
People doing their A-Levels who are interested in a career in law should look for work experience as soon as possible, as for the most prestigious law firms there is a long waiting list. I think it is crucial to have some work experience before deciding to read law at university or taking the GDL/CPE if doing a non-qualifying law degree.
Matrix Chambers is an interesting place to do work experience as there is always so much going on that life is never boring in the office!”