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Law student can't wait to start legal career thanks to placement opportunities

A Law student at De Montfort University (DMU) is thrilled to be enhancing her legal skills during a year's placement.

Abigail Lea Jack, known as Abbie, is working at Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitors - one of the largest law firms in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.

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Her role in the personal injury and road traffic accidents department is providing Abbie with vital experience for her future career.

She said: "When I found out that I got this placement I was absolutely over the moon, I was just so ecstatic about starting here at Wilkin Chapman.

"I still feel that way today, I absolutely love working here and cannot wait to start my legal career after university and that is all because of this placement.

"I have my own cases and I get paid, which is great, as it is helping me to save for my Legal Practice Course, which everyone has to take to become a qualified solicitor."

Abbie, due to graduate in summer 2018, praised the Placement Team at DMU for helping her secure the role, having visited them a number of times for assistance with her CV.

The 21-year-old said: "They must have gone over my CV five or six times before we got it right."

As a result she was offered two placements, choosing Wilkin Chapman because it best fitted with her career aspirations.

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Abbie is also receiving ongoing support from law lecturer Dr Julia Shaw, which she has found particularly helpful while making the transition from student to legal professional.

Abbie said: "Going from student life to real working is a massive change.

"Julia is very supportive and can always be relied on to offer help and assistance, by email or phone, as and when needed."

Abbie recommends a placement year to all students, as hers has so many benefits.

She said: "Going to the Crown Court in Lincoln is amazing, as it is set in Lincoln Castle.

"The staff at the firm are always helpful and we have great social events - a few weeks ago the manager treated us all to the races and we have lunches out with the staff.

"This placement is certainly preparing me for life in the working world."

Working at a law firm is also opening Abbie's eyes to potential careers.

She added: "There are just so many opportunities at this company that I have not yet found the area I want to specialise in.

"At the moment I have my own cases in personal injury, but I'm also getting opportunities to go into the criminal department and clinical neglect, which opens up a whole different area of law."

Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2017

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