Legal training isn’t all about sitting in a classroom listening to someone talk about best practices and precedents. It’s also a valuable opportunity to break out of your usual routine and meet new people and encounter new ideas.

While in-house training has its benefits (no travel expenses for one!), training off-site can offer a greater level of opportunity. Getting out beyond your familiar comfort zone can not only expand your mind but also give you the chance to meet some fresh faces too.

By its nature, legal training attracts like-minded people. If for example you’re attending a personal injury training course then you’re inevitably going to meet other people who are specialising in personal injury law. This then provides ample opportunities for networking, during tea breaks, at the end of the day and throughout the course.

It’s been said that no man is an island, and neither is a solicitor. Networking is a vital tool that should not be neglected. As well as giving you a chance to make friends and social contacts with others in your profession, networking at legal training events enables you to build up your bank of professional contacts too. This in turn can lead to future opportunities that might not otherwise present themselves.

For example, you might meet the owner of a law firm who in the future is looking for a new employee with your skills. Make a good impression and you may find that doors open for you. Conversely, if you have your own law firm you may come across a young talented solicitor who can fulfil a need within your company. Networking at a training event may even lay the groundwork for a partnership between two firms, or even the creation of an entirely new one.

If you’re at an early stage in your career, networking at training courses can help you learn the professional social skills you need to advance in your career and communicate effectively with lawyers and other law professionals at all levels. Often training courses are attended by a wide variety of people with different experience levels, so can offer plenty of chances to practice your networking skills with those who are much further along in their careers.

Off-site legal training also provides you with the opportunity to learn from others knowledge and experience, as well as from their mistakes. Tea breaks are a great time for sharing professional anecdotes and stories to inspire and caution. You’ll also find plenty of time to share ideas, and to discuss business methods and approaches.

The bottom line is that undertaking additional legal training off-site carries more benefits than simply learning from the course material and programme leader. It’s a chance to get to know those in your profession and to communicate with them in a neutral setting. And from simple networking, long-term professional relationships can form that can be of great benefit to all those involved.

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