Commercial Awareness: What you actually need to know

Commercial awareness can feel like you’re falling into a deep and dark pit of never-ending news, politics, and business memos…🏴‍☠️ But don’t panic! This post will help you understand what it is you actually need to know about commercial awareness. Topics that will most probably come up (get reading up on these 😎) Brexit What…

Your Top TC Concerns Answered

This is an understandable concern. The top 30 firms in the UK (not including US firms) average between 1500-2000 applications per cycle for vac schemes and training contracts. Smaller firms will receive less but again there are different numbers of training contracts available depending on the size of the firm. However, just because it is…

The Skills You Need to Show in Applications

There are certain skills that firms are looking for that you will need to demonstrate that you have both in your application and at interview. The table I have compiled is by no means exhaustive, nor will you be expected to show that you have acquired in some way every single one of these skills,…

What You Need To Know Before You Apply

The questions you need to ask yourself when you’re finding, applying and interviewing for your dream firm What are the cultures and values of the firm? This is important for working out where you will fit into the firm and if their culture is a place you feel you could be part of. 2. What…

The Secret To Getting A TC

Statistically, thousands more people apply for Training Contracts each year than there are places for, so it is no mean feat acquiring one. Getting rejections from law firms can be really disheartening, but knowing what they are looking for can help you put in a better application for next time. One of the first things…

Using Non-law work Experience in Applications

The idea that you need legal work experience to get into law is a complete misnomer. There are a variety of things you can do to build up your experience and skills that jobs are looking for, even if you did them in environments which aren’t directly related to your career choice. The kind of…

Myth-busting Law

1. Do you need all A’s at A Level to become a lawyer? Whilst this may still apply to a select few super strict firms, this is largely not true, you do not need all A’s at A Level to become a lawyer! A contested way that law firms narrow down candidates has been to…

Demystifying Commercial Awareness

Commercial awareness is the latest thing that you hear about everywhere that everyone expects you to know about. I went to a uni talk on it last October thinking it would be really popular, only I was the only person who turned up so it ended up being a one on one chat between me…

Vacation Scheme/Training Contract Application Check List

VS and TC applications can seem really daunting. Often they look like a lot of work and research, and it can feel like a lot f pressure to get them perfect as you know this is the first thing you will be judged on by your potential future employer. To keep it short and simple,…