Having applied in December, I have spent this much anticipated week as a work experience student at Woodfines in Bedford. As a non-law student, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from my time here, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I began the week in the Residential Property department, through which my family had previously purchased a property. The impression I got from my brief morning here was of the hard working and friendly atmosphere. Whenever I have subsequently seen members of the department in the building they’ve been encouraging and cheerful.
Following this, I then moved into the Family department – Child Protection is of particular interest to me, and I learnt a lot through reading case files. The staff here were equally positive and keen to share and explain things to me, which I very much appreciated. I was also beginning to come to grips with the level of paperwork at the firm! At the end of my first day I was impressed with the level of everyone’s keen approach to my learning.
On my second and third days I was in the Private Client department, looking at Wills and Probate. Again, I was made to feel very welcome here, sitting in on client meetings and being given the opportunity to try drafting a Will. For an area of work that perhaps might be considered a bit morbid, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this department, and strongly respect the fascination held by the staff there for their work.
The last two days of my whistle stop tour through Woodfines have been spent in the Litigation department. In being here I feel like I’ve contributed (although in a small way!) through submitting a Freedom of Information request, and researching cases. I have absorbed a lot through reading files, and again being invited to join in client meetings. The varied work in this department has been very interesting, along with staff keen to help by sharing their experiences.
The aspect of this week that stands out to me most has been the accessibility of the firm, not just for me as a work experience student, but also through the firm’s treatment of their clients, both in their cases and interaction. Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful, ensuring I have always had something to do or look at, and I’m very grateful to Woodfines for inviting me this week.
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