You've done your homework, studied the stats, read up on practice areas, and compared the firms that've caught your eye – now, it's time to put your best foot and training contract application forward.
There's no delaying the inevitable, and, as graduate recruiters were keen to tell us when we collected our list of relevant tips, procrastination rarely improves an application. So, take the time to browse over the following deadlines, make a schedule and pace yourself accordingly – you'll do great.
Last but not least: good luck, and keep us updated on Twitter!
Our thanks to Norton Rose Fulbright for sponsoring the following table:
"When researching law firms, candidates should use a range of sources including: firm websites, social media channels, legal and business press and meeting representatives on campus. Representatives may include future and current trainees, associates and partners, as well as graduate recruitment.
Some firms also employ students as campus reps who can provide useful information. However, there really is no better way to find out about a firm than meeting current employees, so sign up for networking opportunities and apply for open days and vacation schemes. Your research needs to be thorough; we expect candidates to have some knowledge of Norton Rose Fulbright's strategy, global expansion and industry sector focus. You can't simply re-hash what we say on our website though!
We like candidates to think about our business and our clients independently, so use a variety of sources to inform your views before you apply or attend an interview."
"Open days and networking events are important tools for you to get to know a law firm from the inside. It is your chance to see for yourself what the work, the people, and the culture are really like. But, in order to get the most out of the event, you need to be prepared. Don't show up without doing your research first.
Remind yourself what the key differentiating factors of the law firm are and have a look at what has been happening since you signed up for the event. Has there been a recent transaction that has caught the attention of the legal world? Or, has the firm announced a merger, a new office opening, or recently won an award? Knowing this information will give you confidence to join in any discussion and will also allow you to ask relevant and insightful questions.
This information will also help you demonstrate your interest in the business, which will leave a lasting impression on those you meet."
You've done your homework, studied the stats, read up on practice areas, and compared the firms that've caught your eye – now, it's time to put your best foot and application forward.
There's no delaying the inevitable, and, as graduate recruiters were keen to tell us when we collected our list of relevant tips, procrastination rarely improves an application. So, take the time to browse over these deadlines, make a schedule and pace yourself accordingly – you'll do great.
Our thanks to Norton Rose Fulbright for sponsoring this table.
As good bargains go, vacation schemes stand out as amazing 3-for-1 deals: for just a few weeks of your time, you get to improve your resume, brush up your legal skills and, best of all, you can see first-hand what life's truly like at your favourite law firm before committing to the full training contract experience.
Because we know a number of you are set on giving vacation schemes a try, we've put together a collection of application deadlines to help you along. Many thanks to Taylor Wessing for sponsoring the Vacation Scheme Deadlines table.
Below is a fully interactive table, which shows the pay for those firms who have an extended profile with The Lex 100. If you'd like to compare firm's survey results go to our brand new Law Firm Comparison table or click through to our Firms section for a more detailed analysis of each firm.
"This is a question you should have asked yourself before you started the application so the answer should come easily! Don’t be tempted to edit an answer you have used in an application for another firm – start with a blank page. This way you won’t make the fatal mistake of getting the firm’s name wrong.
Your answer should focus on what appeals to you about the firm – the work it does, the clients it has, the opportunities it offers and how this suits you and your aspirations, your experience and your skills. It should convince the recruiter that you understand what is different about the firm.
You don’t need to impress with your knowledge of the firm, we take it as a given that you will have done your research, so don’t reel off facts and figures or name drop deals and transactions if they don’t have any context – make every word count!"
"There is no such thing as the perfect candidate, so be prepared to spend as much time discussing your weaknesses as you would highlighting your strengths. I always advise students to look at the key skills and qualities which the firm in question really values. You then need to provide credible examples on your application form and during your interview to prove that you have some experience already.
However, don't forget that we are also looking for potential - and we provide a lot of training during the training contract and beyond - which is why it is also important to identify what you need to get better at. Be honest and, where possible, be prepared to discuss why you feel that you can learn the required skill or, even better, demonstrate that you have already started to work on your weaknesses. For example, if you know that public speaking isn't your strength, get involved with societies or activities which will allow you to practice this skill."
Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has announced an 81% retention rate for its March 2015 qualifying intake. Of the group of 26 trainees, two resigned from the process, with the firm then offering newly-qualified (NQ) positions to 21 of the remaining 24 individuals. All 21 offers were accepted.
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