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The (not so) secret diaries of a Trainee Solicitor

Posted on 12 May 2017 by Ella Carroll

The (not so) secret diaries of a Trainee Solicitor

Tackling the Court
Going to Court is probably the reason 90% of people actually want to become lawyers in the first place. Harvey Specter makes walking into Court and “sticking it to the man” look easy and extremely quick – he seems to be in Court nearly every single day!!! Unfortunately, unless you become a criminal lawyer, this doesn’t happen. However, soon after I started we had a trial. I had visions of marching into Court and being generally awesome. What they don’t show you on TV and at Law School (not entirely sure what they actually teach you in university!) is the little paralegal following everybody about and trying not to drop all the files. In the beginning of your career, you will be the file caddy, the mistress/master of all the paperwork and whilst Harvey Specter and Mike Ross may waltz into Court with 2 pieces of paper it simply isn’t the case – there is usually reams of stuff!

I was so excited, as it was the first time I had been to Court on a case I had helped prepare. However, I was required to take notes on what was being said. This is genuinely one of the hardest things I have had to do. After 6 hours on day 1 my hands were tired, starting to cramp up and I really just needed to nap. I was well and truly…bored. I had made an executive decision to take notes on my iPad which helped me keep up with the barrister talking at 100 miles an hour. Then disaster struck, I had overly vigorously pressed the home key and Siri piped up half way through one of the witnesses cross-examination. Luckily I don’t think the Judge knew it was me, but my boss did – so turn Siri off or you could be in contempt of Court!

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