After a long period of studying at university and law school, followed by an intense two year training contract, it’s time to transform, like Pinocchio, into a real boy (or girl). And by that, I mean a solicitor. An important step in this transformation is attending the Admissions Ceremony at the Law Society in London. It’s not a necessary step for qualification but it is such good fun that it would be a shame to miss it.
Much like your university graduation, this is a fancy occasion. You will step through the gates of the Law Society, a building that has been at the centre of the legal world since 1832, and get ready to walk across the stage to collect your practicing certificate. Not only that, but you’ll get to listen to an inspiring talk by the President of the Law Society about the promises of your future career.
Your family and friends can attend too, so tell them to bring their cameras, because there are a great number of places to get your photo taken. You can pose on ornate staircases, in front of stained-glass windows, on balconies, in the library and many other remarkable settings that will make an impressive dent in the family albums. So make sure you show your good side and smile!
I loved my Admissions Ceremony. The highlight for me was getting to nose around the Law Society library, which was amazing (I freely admit to being a geek!). After the ceremony, the new solicitors and their guests are also invited to a snazzy drinks reception, including free fizz and some rather tasty mini pastries and cakes, which allowed us to toast the occasion in style.
If you are contemplating whether or not to attend your Admissions Ceremony then I hope this has convinced you to go. It’s an important occasion to mark and you should be very proud of your achievement.
Finally, some top tips for the day:
- some of your family or guests may shed a tear or two of pride, so take tissues;
- make sure you are having a good hair day as there are lots of photo opportunities;
- take your time when going across the stage, savour the moment, and remember to stop at the end of the stage long enough for your family to get some pictures (I was told off for rushing off the stage!); and
- you have worked incredibly hard for this, so relax and enjoy!