• Claire Allen


Updated: Jul 25, 2020

Victoria has reintroduced stage three restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be difficult to structure your day during this unprecedented time when you’re used to getting your work done at University or cafes.

With lecturers online, clinical placements postponed and many students working remotely, it’s easy to understand the frustration felt by law students. However, students have an opportunity to use this time to enhance their CV and develop crucial skills to make their application stand out.

Here are some ideas of how you can remain productive during the COVID-19 lockdown:

Take care of yourself

First and foremost, it’s important to take care of your mental health and those around you during this stressful period. Read a book, binge a new tv show or take a walk to unwind.

Learn a language

The globalisation of legal practice means that many firms are looking for lawyers with language skills. Applications like Duolingo can be a fun way to pass time and develop valuable language skills.

Virtual internships

Online platforms like Inside Sherpa provide students with practical work experience across a range of practice areas and firms. Completing a virtual internship is a great opportunity to showcase your skills to recruiters and gain a unique insight into the work you can do as a Graduate.

Pursue a hobby

A hobby is a brilliant addition to your CV. Recruiters look for ‘real’ people who have interests and hobbies outside of the law. Developing a new skill or interest during lockdown is a great way to demonstrate a productive and efficient isolation period.

In need of inspiration?Try gardening, painting or learn to cook a new recipe.


Although networking might feel like an impossible task given the current situation, you can use this lockdown period to strengthen and expand your professional network. Use this time to update your LinkedIn profile and connect with like-minded legal professionals.

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