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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?
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.
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).
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.
Trainees are required to undertake the Professional Skills Course (PSC) during their period of recognised training. The PSC develops the professional skills of a trainee before they qualify as a solicitor. The PSC consists of three compulsory modules as well as elective elements. While each module has its own method of assessment, a course provider is with the trainees throughout their assessment, providing expert teaching, support and guidance.
Once you join Norton Rose Fulbright as a trainee you will be assessed throughout your training contract both informally on the day to day tasks you complete and also on a more formal basis through our 360-degree appraisal process. In each of their four seats, trainees receive a mid-seat review and an end of seat appraisal.
The qualification process can be a challenging time for our trainees, so we are very open about the process so you feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel! From start to finish, our qualification process usually lasts no longer than three months. We encourage discussions with trainees, to support them with identifying which roles they would like to be considered for from our vacancy list. Trainees are also permitted to apply for more than one role if requested.
Advice from The University of Law on the best approach.
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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