As a recent law graduate from the University of Birmingham, my journey towards establishing a foothold in the legal realm has been both challenging and rewarding. Having encountered negative experiences in previous organisations, the opportunity to join the legal internship programme at Burley Law was not just a welcomed change but a turning point in my professional career. In this blog post, I’m excited to share the layers of my positive experience at Burley Law, where I had the privilege of working closely with legal professionals to cultivate my skillset while contributing to the firm’s success.
My first day was a well-informed training session, where I had the privilege of working alongside Isha, immersing myself in the intricacies of daily work. From day one, I was entrusted with drafting essential documentation and letters, actively contributing to the firm’s workload. This hands-on experience set a precedent for the immersive and dynamic nature of handling admin tasks and legal research.
The internship at Burley Law served as a catalyst for my professional development, offering me unique opportunities to observe and shadow client meetings right from the first week. This particular task became a personal favourite, providing me with insights into the characteristics essential for thriving in Employment Law. Liz played a pivotal role in facilitating this exposure, fostering an environment conducive to learning and growth. Building a rapport, a crucial skill in Employment Law, became more than a theoretical concept as I witnessed its practical applications in real-world scenarios.
Diving into the work in Intellectual Property Law introduced me to a perspective I hadn’t previously encountered in a practical setting. Engaging discussions with Reccy and Des provided me with an exclusive insight into the practical applications of Intellectual Property Law which included guidance on how to file a trademark. These experiences broadened my understanding and solidified my interest in the field.
The positive experiences at Burley Law extended beyond the standard task list. The firm’s commitment to providing me with a holistic understanding of the firms day to day operations became evident through various initiatives such as weekly group meetings and attending events during Birmingham Tech Week. I was able to connect with the team on a professional, as well as a personal level which worked amazingly to produce a 2-week internship that I will value endlessly.
Thank you once again Burley Law for this amazing experience!