Law Graduate Application & Interview Tips

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

Application Advice: Take your time on the applications, make yourself stand out and avoid any "generic" answers to questions.
Interview Advice: Be yourself, they will see it if you are being fake. Research the firm and commercial awareness.
Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Shoosmiths
Application Advice: Get a lot of work experience and show you are passionate about law.
Interview Advice: General skills - team work etc. Reasons for wanting to do law. Why that company.
Trainee Solicitor, at Blake Morgan
Application Advice: Know the company in and out!
Interview Advice: Try and find out who is interviewing you and get to know their areas of expertise.
Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Blake Morgan
Application Advice: Be yourself, clear concise answers, know what your reasons are for wanting this job, why you fit and what your strengths are.
Interview Advice: Try and relax!
Trainee Solicitor, Private Client at Irwin Mitchell LLP
Application Advice: Tailor your application to the firm, and get up to date with the cases that the firm is working on - they have a big social media profile so use that as the source for information.
Interview Advice: Try to get as much work/life experience as you can, and relate anything from anywhere to the compentency-based questions. Otherwise, try to relax and chat to the interviewers - they always bring out the partners for interviewing and they are all lovely without exception.
Court of Protection / Contentious Trusts and Probate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
Application Advice: Understand the niche work that Irwin Mitchell does.
Interview Advice: Be yourself, be open, be candid.
Trainee Solicitor , Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP
Application Advice: Read the application forms carefully and make sure you answer the questions (and avoid silly mistakes).
Interview Advice: Think about why you are interested in that particular firm. It's good to focus on their practice areas and market reputation.
Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Irwin Mitchell LLP
Application Advice: Know what the core sectors of the firm are - know why they are successful at attracting clients and understand the strategy. Be prepared to think innovatively and think of your role as a business adviser rather than straight law.
Interview Advice: What attracted you to the firm? Why do you want to work for a city, global law firm? How has your work experience prepared you for life at Taylor Wessing? Where do you see the industry developing? Where should Taylor Wessing focus next? Be aware of some topical current events going on.
Trainee, Real Estate at Taylor Wessing LLP
Application Advice: Demonstrate good people skills.
Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Michelmores
Application Advice: Think about the level of supervision, responsibility and breadth of work you want exposure to when deciding which training contract is right for you.
Interview Advice: Have an eye on current affairs. Consider picking one company and following their journey in the business world for a year or 2, to demonstrate commercial awareness in a particular field. Don't assume that every interviewer is out to get you / trip you up - they are genuinely interested in hearing what you have to say.
Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP