Law Graduate Application & Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working in Law

Application Advice: Ensure there are no spelling mistakes. Ensure your answers fit in with the values of the company.
Interview Advice: Do your research about the firm. Have an interesting fact about you that will make you be remembered. See yourself as an asset to the company. Think about how much you can bring to the firm to make it better.
Administration Assistant , at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: Really focus in on the organization's values and tie all of your experience and skills into them.
Interview Advice: I can only talk from my experience, which was that the interview became more informal as it went on and became much more of a two-way conversation than a traditional question and answer format. Shoosmiths likes people with character and personality - make sure you show them yours!
Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: To research the firm and the role being offered. To check out the progression opportunities available and make sure you know what the role entails.
Interview Advice: To be well prepared and eager, having facts about the firm to mind.
Level 2 legal Admin Apprentice, RSG at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: Enjoy work and use any time provided to complete your apprenticeship work. Get the apprenticeship work done to the best of your ability and do not let the work get to you. Enjoy your work place and colleagues, be open with your company.
Interview Advice: Try to be confident, ensure to research the company and try to aim for jobs and interview which actually interest you as oppose to just getting a job. Go for something your most likely to be happy in but also be prepared for a challenge.
Legal Admin Assistant , Mortgage Shortfall at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: Express your excitement and enthusiasm for the role.
Interview Advice: Research the company, looking at the firm as a collective as well as the individual offices.
Administration Assistant , RSG at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: Be yourself, always look to be conscientious and don't be afraid to take on responsibility.
Interview Advice: Be yourself, find good examples of applying useful scenarios from your experience to the competency based questions.
Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution & Compliance at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: Be very honest and true to yourself and ensure you are aware of the company and what they stand for.
Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest. Preparation is also key.
Administration Assistant, Mortgage Recoveries at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: Get to know the firm; there is a lot of information out there so show that you know what we do and what we value. Show a genuine desire to build a career here.
Interview Advice: My interview focussed on more than technical/academic skills. You need the ability to formulate a view on something and back that up.
Trainee Solicitor - Graduate, at Gowling WLG
Application Advice: Don't focus on niche areas that attract you to the firm, spend more time on the broader areas as these drive the business.
Interview Advice: Prepare thoroughly and when in there, fight your corner and show some spirit.
Trainee Solicitor, Corporate (4th seat) at Mishcon de Reya
Application Advice: Don't be afraid to be yourself.
Interview Advice: Be prepared to discuss recent legal and business stories you have seen in the news.
Trainee Solicitor, at Michelmores