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!
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Advice from The University of Law on the best approach.
Securing a training contract will be playing on all aspiring solicitors’ minds at the moment. The competition for roles is often fierce, and young future lawyers need to brace themselves for applications, interviews, and assessment days.
Worried? Fear not, we spoke to future trainee lawyers Nuri Mirwani, Megan McMellon and Aliana Chambers, along with recruiter Jessica Booker, to get their top tips on how to get a training contract. This is what they told us:
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.
Lex Editor Daniel Coyne takes a detailed look at the Government’s own training contract and pupillage schemes, speaks to junior and senior staff about their work and discovers a career less ordinary.
For those among you who have settled on pursuing a career in law, the next few questions you will seek answers to are of paramount importance. Do I want to be a solicitor or a barrister? Do I want to work for a mega-massive full service international firm or a regional boutique? What kind of chambers should I apply to? Which practice area best suits my skills and interests? These are essential questions to ponder and the options out there are legion, with hundreds of potential employers awaiting you. This article, however, will introduce you to an altogether different, and undoubtedly unique, employer – perhaps one you haven’t considered working for before. Her Majesty’s Government.
The Law Society is recommending that providers of training contracts should pay their trainees a minimum salary of £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London. This calculation is based on a 35-hour week at the Living Wage (£9.40 per hour in London; £8.25 per hour outside of London) plus the average yearly Legal Practice Course repayment (£3,168).
It’s particularly at the first stage when the odds can feel overwhelming and getting the small things right is very important. What should you bear in mind when completing your training contract applications? Let’s ask our Experts, shall we?
Fieldfisher is to start offering training contracts in the UK’s second largest city.
For Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ full Lex 100 2016/17 profile, see here.
US-headquartered Weil, Gotshal & Manges is one of a small handful of firms that has a balance of market-leading private equity, finance and restructuring capabilities with an international framework of consistently high quality offices. Trainees love ‘the focus on private equity’, the firm’s ‘particular strength in key areas’, and the ‘excellent long-term career prospects’ on offer. Weil’s small trainee intake ‘means you get comfortable very quickly’ and trainees were inspired by working alongside ‘some of the best [people] in the industry’ on a daily basis.
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