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The Art of Combining Legal Studies with a Job

7 December 2017

More and more students are choosing to work extra during their studies. It is a good way to gain work experience and make some extra money. But how do you have time to get everything done? Veronika Kindvall and Oscar Gustafsson work at the Stockholm office as an evening legal assistant and evening receptionist. As experienced extra-workers, they now share their best tips for those who want to balance school and work.

Veronika is currently in her eighth semester at Uppsala University, and since last summer, she has also been working as an evening legal assistant at Hannes Snellman.
I applied for the job as an evening assistant at Hannes Snellman at the end of my seventh semester, as I really wanted to try working on what had learnt during my studies. I was tired of solving hypothetical cases during seminars and wanted to work on something real. I was also very curious to see how the work is done at a business law firm and thought that the best way to learn that was to work at Hannes Snellman.

Oscar is currently in his sixth semester at Stockholm University and he applied for the role of an evening receptionist to gain an insight into the day-to-day work of a business law firm.
I had had other extra jobs before I started working at Hannes Snellman, so I already knew that I would be able to combine working and studying. It turned out that the job at Hannes Snellman was even more flexible than my previous extra jobs. This is because we evening receptionists do not have fixed days that we work, but we agree on the work schedule ourselves so that it fits with everyone’s exams and seminars. Some weeks you work two evenings, while other weeks you only work one evening.

  • Veronika and Oscar's best advice for those who want to combine law studies and working:
    Always try to concentrate and study efficiently. It is often possible to get more quality from a few hours of concentrated studying than from a whole day of absent-minded studying. In order to be effective, we believe it is important to find out what your best way of learning is. Being aware of your capacity to learn makes it easier to adapt your studying to what works best for you.
  • It is important to plan your time well and prioritise. Thinking ahead is vital! Of course, this is related to knowing what kind of studying works best for you and being able to discern the tasks you need to do extra carefully and the ones that only require a more general solution.
  • Do not forget to turn your phone on silent when you need to focus.

Tip! Working alongside your studies can help you make your student funds last longer, but make sure to check out CSN's income rules so you do not risk losing your student grant.

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