Work Experience

Attwells understand how important it is for those with an interest in law to gain an insight into the workings of a law firm in order to assist with future personal development plans.

Our ethos is to encourage young people into a career in law regardless of their background. A number of our Partners chose a non-traditional route into law, Partner Lloyd Clarke’s journey is particularly inspiring. He was the first member of his family to achieve a degree. Lloyd started his career at Attwells Solicitors as an office junior.

Founder Nick Attwell is keen to inspire personal development and understands that a diverse team supports Attwells’ purpose of breaking down barriers in law.

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Why do Work Experience at Attwells?

Attwells wants to break down barriers to the law by making the profession more accessible to a wider socio-economic group.

To do this we want to encourage people from all backgrounds and interests to think about a career in law. In particular, we want to encourage those social and ethnic groups who would not ordinarily consider a career in the law.

If you think a career in law could be for you but are unsure, our work experience programme could be the answer.

How long is the work experience programme? We are adopting a more flexible approach to our work experience placement. If you are successful in your application you will have an introductory meeting with Charlotte Reason at Attwells to discuss time commitments to suit you. They are normally around 3 days’ worth of work in total. However, this can be split over a period of time.

Where is the work experience programme? The work experience placement can be carried out at home making it more flexible around work and studies as well as reducing travel time and cost.  We have 3 offices, one in Ipswich, Colchester, and London and we may be able to arrange a tour or face-to-face meeting if desired, however this is not compulsory. At the moment during the pandemic, we are not allowing any work experience students into our office.

What stage in my studies/career do I need to be in to apply for work experience? We encourage anyone interested in a career in law to apply for our work experience programme. Priority will be given to high school students applying independently or through their school, as we believe this is a vital time to discuss what options are available to you after school. Priority will also be given to people now ready and searching for a job in the legal profession.

In accordance with Attwells’ purpose priority will also be given to those from social and ethnic groups that have not traditionally considered a career in law.

Priority will also be given to people who have a real interest in the areas of law that Attwells practices and can benefit the most from our programme.

In order to obtain priority, we recommend highlighting any relevant points in your covering letter.

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