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.

Managing Partner Nick Attwell is keen to inspire personal development understanding varied personnel supports the breaking down of barriers in law.

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 program could be the answer.

How long is the work experience program? All our work experience placements are for one week and are between 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

Where is the work experience program? We have 3 offices one in Ipswich, Colchester and London. Please make it clear on your application which office you are able to do work experience in.

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 program. Priority will be given to high school students applying independently or via their school, as well as people at the end of their degree or are ready 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 practice and can benefit the most from our program.

What areas of law do I cover in my work experience program? Attwells is predominantly a property law firm and has a reputation around East Anglia for this area of law. Your work experience program will focus on property. You will also cover some tasks from private client, employment and commercial law.  If you have a specific interest, we will try and find a solicitor who practises in this area who you can have a quick chat with. However, it is also normal to not know what area of law you wish to practice in at this stage or even if law is for you. This is the whole point of work experience so please do not worry if you are unsure.

What tasks do I cover in my work experience program? You will cover a number of varied tasks and scenarios on work experience at Attwells including but not limited to:

  • Drafting documents including, property contracts, employment contracts
  • Writing letters to clients with advice
  • Researching areas of law
  • Shadowing solicitors/ conveyancers
  • Sitting in on client meetings if possible 

If you are considering a career in law and would like to obtain work experience, we ask you write a covering letter expressing your interest and offering a little information regarding yourself. We would also ask you submit along with your covering letter a CV and a completed copy of our Equal Opportunities Form, which you can download by clicking on the link.

Applications for work experience in the summer months (June – August) are required to be made by the end of April.

Successful applicants will receive a weeks’ work experience in our Ipswich or London office, depending on their location. This will offer applicants an insight into the inner workings of a legal property practice.

To apply for Work Experience at Attwells please address your application to Charlotte Reason indicating your preferred dates and office.

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More information regarding a career in law can be found on the Law Society website.