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Application advice

Competition for our training contracts and schemes is fierce, so how you communicate your ideas on paper and in person will be important. Ask yourself the following questions before you apply: Do you really have an interest in the global business world? Do you want to work for global clients? Are you flexible about your work patterns and also your location? Are you excited about the stories you read about in the press? This should help you to make the right decisions about who you apply to and focus your research.

Here is how to make the most of your application once you have decided to apply:

  • Take the time to read the form thoroughly to understand what each question is asking. Draft your answers carefully before submitting them in your completed application.
  • Make a list of the key skills and competencies you think are essential for being a successful trainee lawyer.
  • Be clear about why you have chosen us and why you see your future here.
  • Be interesting and engaging. We value individuality, so make sure that your personality, passions and interests come across.
  • Attention to detail and clarity of thought are non-negotiable. Remember to check and double-check all spelling and grammar. Express yourself concisely and clearly - and don’t use jargon.
  • Do not be afraid to sell yourself. That is what the process is all about. Demonstrate how your interests and experience are relevant to the role and why they make you our ideal candidate.
  • Include examples of any work placements or experience you feel are relevant. So long as you can demonstrate that they are, we will want to know about it. Pay particular attention to activities that show you have commercial awareness and excellent communication skills.
  • Tell us about your research. If you have undertaken a legal placement or attended a careers fair or open day, this will underline your commitment to your future career.
  • We are interested in hearing your opinions about us. Make sure these are well informed. We don’t want to hear quotes from our own materials.
  • Be honest and straightforward. Keep a copy of your completed application, as we will ask you about your answers during your interview.

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