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How can I make my commercial work experience relevant to a law firm application?

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How can I make my commercial work experience relevant to a law firm application?

The majority of applicants tend to have some kind of commercial experience e.g. work experience or a university project that is relevant to their application. The tricky thing is how you can communicate that in such a way so that it is relevant to the role. You need to ensure that everything you include can be seen as useful experience for the job you are applying for. Getting this across in a concise and engaging way is important, especially when you consider there is usually a strict word limit on the application.

My top tip is to research the facts about the firm you are applying to and list the key skills that you think they place importance on. You can then tailor your application so that it matches what they are looking for. Law firms’ websites are usually a good source of information and the best place to start for any research. You can check if your qualifications and abilities match up to the requirements needed for the job. You can then start building your application and highlight the most appropriate areas of your work experience.

Most work experience will give you lots of transferable skills. In fact, the real skill of the job application process is in deciding which of those are the most relevant to highlight!

Monika Ciereszko, Graduate Recruitment Adviser

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling is one of the global elite of law firms; with 18 offices worldwide we are a full service corporate firm who excel at offering complex, cross-border advice. As a trainee, you'll work on headline-making deals for some of the world's leading organisations. In London, we recruit approximately 15 outstanding candidates who have an appetite for responsibility, thrive in a team and desire to perform at the highest level of corporate law.

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