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Work experience

Experience life at a leading East Anglian law firm

Prettys is committed to providing work experience for pupils attending local schools and to University/LPC students interested in a career as a solicitor. As lawyers in Ipswich, we see this as an important part of working with young people in our community and providing access to and information about the careers in law.

A structured one week programme of work experience is available to pupils from school Year 10 and students who are on law degrees or further legal studies. Work experience will be available on designated dates throughout the year with specific weeks being allocated to schools or students without overlap. School work experience pupils are limited to one week only. University/LPC students will normally only be offered one week of work experience. The limit on the number of weeks is to offer maximum candidate opportunity for students interested in finding out more about being a solicitor in Ipswich.

Each programme will run between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday with lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.  At the commencement of each week participants will receive a health & safety briefing and an induction.  The programme aims to provide a broad spectrum of experience typically covering five areas of law selected by us from corporate, estates, family, commercial litigation, commercial property, shipping, personal injury and employment.  One day is spent in five of the eight areas observing, researching and performing a range of legal tasks.  University/LPC students are offered an optional 30 minute presentation opportunity to a partner or senior solicitor.

Schools. Prettys works with a number of local schools and provides pupils with the opportunity to experience and understand more about law and the work of solicitors.  Applicants must be in school Year 10 or above. 

School work experience weeks for 2018 are: 9 April, 28 May*, 25 June, 16 July & 13 August

University/LPC Students. We recognise how valuable work experience can be to students in providing practical experience of the law and to help you decide which areas of the law are of interest and how you wish to shape your career in the future. 

University/LPC Work Experience weeks for 2018 are: 12 February, 26 March*, 4 June, 9 July & 22 October

*4 days only due to Bank Holidays

How to apply. Please note that applications for 2018 have now closed.

The programme dates for next year will be published at the end of September 2018.  Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis. 

If you are a school pupil ask your school’s work experience tutor to contact Tanya Felton on 01473 298292 to check availability. 

If you are a University/LPC student please download and complete the Application Form and email to workexperience@prettys.co.uk.

If you have any queries, please contact Kate Barker

For more information about careers in law please visit the following websites:

The Law Society ‘Becoming a Solicitor’ page

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives careers website


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