By Harriet Milligan, Summer Intern
Following the whirlwind of LLB final exams and graduation I find myself writing a blog as a summer intern at Scotland's leading private client firm, Turcan Connell.
The Tax and Succession Team have welcomed me warmly and things have been non-stop since day one. As I near the end of my third week I feel I have found where I fit in and there has been lots of opportunity for different tasks, I’ve even had a chance to hone my drafting skills.
Coming from a former career in professional sport, life in a law office is very different but everything I hoped it would be, challenging, varied and busy! Amongst other things; I have hand delivered urgent documents, researched recent legal developments, undertaken real client work and successfully navigated the ‘bun run’ without spilling the Starbucks – I think I’m winning!
One of the important features of this summer internship is that you are given a chance to manage your own workload, prioritise and meet deadlines while producing high quality work. As daunting as a six week long placement seemed, not only is it going by in a flash, but it has been a chance to get involved in some longer term projects and really experience life as a trainee at the firm. As summer interns we have been fully involved in the social life of the firm and it has been great to get to know our colleagues out of the office.
I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks have in store. however, at the halfway point, armed with new skills and the confidence to use some old ones, I am really enjoying being part of my team. That’s one of the things which makes working at Turcan Connell a great experience, you realise what you do and how much you have to contribute even at the beginning of your legal career.