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Responsibility:
3.1/5
 
Work Life Balance:
2.9/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.7/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.6/5
 
Company Culture:
3.9/5
 
Career Progression:
3.5/5
 
Colleagues:
4/5
 
Training:
3.9/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.6/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

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Application Advice:

Be yourself; extra-curricular achievements can be more impressive/interesting than excellent exam results; link real personal experience to answer questions.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and talk straight.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking/Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Understand what HL is like as a global firm, not just the office you're applying to.

Interview Advice:

Keep calm and take your time answering.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be clear why you want to be a lawyer in a large commercial firm.
Be able to show an interest in business/financial world.

Trainee, Employment at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Do plenty of research about the firm and try to demonstrate this in your answers to the application questions.

Interview Advice:

Brush up on your commercial knowledge in advance as this forms a hefty part of the interview (in some ways the interview is more of a discussion on commercial and legal issues than anything else). If asked a challenging question, ask for a moment to consider it rather than blurting out an answer to cover up an "awkward silence". Silence after a question is probably as good thing; it means you are thinking.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate (Financial Institutions) at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm. Know its place in the market, what it does, who its clients are and how you fit in to that.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you understand the difference between a city firm and a smaller firm and can articulate why you would be well suited to a city firm.

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Application Advice:

Be commercially aware and read the business press.

Interview Advice:

Be confident - remember that you are interviewing the firm as much as they are interviewing you!

Trainee Solicitor, Banking Acquisition Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Work out what the firm is looking for in its trainees and use your form to demonstrate that your skill set and goals are aligned with this.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Generic applications are going to be glossed over by a reviewer. If you are serious about the firm, look beyond the website and marketing material and try to find specific aspects about the firm. Speak about these without being superficial and your application is already miles ahead of the thousands of other candidates out in the field.

Interview Advice:

Stay relaxed - while interviewers are genuinely interested in your legal and commercial capabilities, they're often just as interested in what makes you tick and your interests outside of law.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic. Do your research and name drop in interviews. SHOW rather than TELL them that you want to be here.

Interview Advice:

What do you think will be the impact of Brexit on the legal sector?

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring and Insolvency at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Don't pontificate or procrastinate; use plain English to tell the firm exactly why them, and why you. Don't be afraid to take your time to really craft a single application.

Interview Advice:

Be confident, personable and natural. The most important thing is that the person sitting across the table comes away liking you. Enjoy it - more often than not, its' the chance to have an interesting discussion with a really inspirational person.

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Application Advice:

Vacation schemes / open days are a good way to look interested and get a feel for the firm - remember the interview process is as much about you thinking that you like the place you are interviewing at as it is about them liking you.

Interview Advice:

Too long ago to remember!

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Application Advice:

You need a very strong academic record. Have a variety of work experience that you can draw upon in the application (it doesn't need to be all legal work experience), show a commitment to the firm as well as commercial law.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and let your personality shine through - don't be who you think the interviewer wants you to be, show a reasoned response to difficult questions and discuss how you reached that conclusion, be up-to-date on commercial issues and the driving forces behind them.

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Application Advice:

Think about the questions being asked - they should give you the chance to show case a range of skills, so make the most of the opportunity and use a variety of examples.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and don't be afraid to ask for more time to think about a question if you need it. It is also worth thinking about some sensible, non-generic questions to ask at the end of the interview.

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Application Advice:

Be flexible. Concentrate on quality rather than quantity.

Interview Advice:

Practice scenarios for the situational judgement interview. Talk to trainees about their experiences so you can apply this to your answers.

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Application Advice:

Ensure that you answer the question being asked and check through the application form carefully. A silly mistake shows a lack of care - not ideal when you need to show that you have an exceptional attention to detail.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself.

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Application Advice:

Make sure you want a career as a city solicitor- it is a very specific type of work and lifestyle. Be able to explain why you feel you would enjoy being in this profession. Research the firm and find out why you are drawn to Hogan Lovells over other city firms which do similar work. Apply for a vacation scheme to get a true "feel" of the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be aware of current events and how you think they impact the legal market. Be prepared to discuss your interests and hobbies outside of work.

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

It is worth thinking about the ways in which Hogan Lovells stands out from other comparable law firms. Primarily, the transatlantic focus of the firm and the wider global legal coverage means that HoLos can offer a comprehensive legal service to international companies. Hogan Lovells prides itself on having a unique corporate culture that fosters an effective workplace without the pomp of other city firms. The firm is also highly involved in pro bono work supporting social enterprise companies, and the BaSE program is unique.

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Application Advice:

It is very important to show that you don't just have an interest in technical law and its practice, but in business and more importantly, the businesses of our key clients and the sectors where we work. It is useful to think about what skills a trainee or qualified lawyer would use in their day to day work when completing the application. Finally, make sure to carefully proof-read the application - attention to detail is very important for a trainee and mistakes will be picked up!

Interview Advice:

Think about why you have applied to this particular firm and what sets it apart in terms of the areas we work in, the opportunities for secondments, our international nature, working culture etc. Be fully prepared to answer about why you would like to work at this firm rather than others. Also think about the structure of a large City firm like Hogan Lovells and how different teams work together for a particular client or for a particular transaction.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Law at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor each application to the firm.

Interview Advice:

Try to relax and don't think that everything is a trick question!

Trainee, Banking at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and show what you are passionate about (i.e. hobbies). Understand how the firm operates as a business - think about its clients, its motivations, the challenges it faces etc.

Interview Advice:

Commercial awareness is key. Know what is going on in the press and be able to hold a conversation about these matters. Also, never lie in your interview - if you don't know what something is, it's better just to say.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Find out as much as you can about the firm and work out why it is right for you.

Interview Advice:

Be pro-active and show signs of being commercial and interested in clients.

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Application Advice:

Don't be afraid to have other commercial/business experience - it can really help show that you have a good understanding of the clients involved.

Interview Advice:

Commercial awareness, recent examples from the news, why a solicitor rather than a barrister, why the City, why corporate/finance focus?

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly and tailor your application to the firm.

Interview Advice:

Show that you understand the work the firm does, are aware of some of its clients, and are keen to learn a lot - and fast!

Trainee Solicitor, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to the firm; don't just provide generic responses.

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Application Advice:

Really think why you want to be a city lawyer - simply just having finished at a decent university and not having anything else on will not work.

Interview Advice:

Do not attempt to prepare answers to specific questions. Rather prepare yourself with a number of life situations, financial stories etc. which can be adapted to answer a number of questions.

Trainee Solicitor, Infrastructure Funds at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you learn about Hogan Lovells' other areas - pro bono, community outreach, as we take this very seriously.

Interview Advice:

Be interested in specific topics and cases. Be prepared to talk about why you are willing to try out certain areas (if there are any that catch your eye). You will be interviewed by two partners from (potentially) different areas so be wide in your grasp.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Use examples of what you have done demonstrating the skills you need to be a successful lawyer.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to talk about anything you put in your application

Trainee Solicitor, Investment Funds at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Get as much experience as possible, for law and to demonstrate an awareness of how businesses operate.

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Take every opportunity to visit the law firms you are thinking to applying to. The best way of knowing whether you could work somewhere is by visiting the offices and meeting people who do.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to discuss why you applied to this firm in particular.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Law at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Write about why the firm specifically interests you and why you are applying here instead of all the other corporate law firms in the City. It will make you much more likely to get an interview.

Interview Advice:

Why Hogan Lovells? Why Corporate Law? Why the City?

Trainee Solicitor, Energy at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm, know its clients and any high profile deals it's been working on. Don't go into an interview adamant that you want to qualify into a certain area. Interviewers will be sceptical of any candidate who isn't coming in with an open mind. Remember you have two years to complete and four practice areas to experience.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. The graduate recruitment partners are very friendly and approachable. They want to see your personality and check whether you're a fit for the firm.

I was asked questions around challenges for law firms and considerations when setting up a firm in a new location. I had paralegal experience in litigation so was asked some questions around privilege.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Talk to as many people within the sector as possible.

Interview Advice:

Be honest.

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Application Advice:

Do your research. Law firms across the City undertake a very similar quality of work - it's all the big-ticket highly commercial deals that some of the world's largest corporations are involved with. On the face of it, they all seem the same. However, the cultures which develop inside the firms are very different. You should take part in as many open days, vacation schemes and other work experience opportunities as you can. Whilst the firms will use them to assess you, you can also use it as an opportunity to gauge whether or not you could see yourself working there and (if it's your goal) one day becoming partner. When you interview for a position, know what sets them apart from their competitors for you and be able to explain your thoughts clearly and concisely. Commercial awareness is also a must for a future trainee solicitor - read about the firm's recent matters, understand their client's businesses and throw in a bit of general market knowledge for good measure.

Interview Advice:

The interview process has changed since I applied, though they are nothing to be daunted by. You'll be interviewed by senior lawyers (senior associates and partners), but they work hard to put you at ease. You will be asked questions to test key competencies, including your commercial awareness. In the lead-up to your interview, read the financial pages of a good newspaper and keep track of a couple of particular deals that interest you. At some point you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your commercial knowledge and if you have done the necessary leg-work in advance, it will be your time to shine. The questions you are asked will want to test your thinking, so make sure you can adequately explain how you've arrived at your answer.

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Application Advice:

Get a very good degree mark and show that you're interested in law.

Interview Advice:

Enthusiasm and research are key.

Trainee Solicitor, Infrastructure Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm well; only apply if you actually like law, not because your mum wants you to be a lawyer.

Interview Advice:

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the company and why you want to work there.

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Application Advice:

Gain corporate experience in a variety of legal and non-legal roles and an awareness of the wider business world

Interview Advice:

Focus on business news and knowledge

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Always check and recheck your application for typos - many typos show a lack of attention to detail, which certainly does not make a good impression. Also make your application specific to this firm - what deals has the firm worked on that has interested you?

Interview Advice:

Prepare thoroughly for interviews, keep up to date with legal news and world news, make sure that you have thought about what questions might come up at interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Legal experience is very useful. Make sure you research the difference between law firms and be clear why you're applying to this firm in particular.

Trainee, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Try to understand the firm's vision and ethos as well as the nature of work that Hogan Lovells does before coming to interview so that you can explain better what it is that makes you want to work here.

Trainee Solicitor, Debt Capital Markets at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know you actually want to do the job - do your research in advance!

Interview Advice:

Answer honestly, and make sure you have prepared thoroughly. Read the news, especially the business pages, to get an idea of what exactly is going on and how lawyers fit into that framework

Trainee Solicitor, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

I think to do really well and be happy at a big law firm you should make sure you are actually interested in corporate law - it's not enough to be interested in business and irrelevant aspects of law (although these things are important).

Interview Advice:

Be confident in interviews, learn about the firms work and strategy (e.g. new Australia office, increased finance offerings) and think about current lawyers/HR staff as potential colleagues not examiners.

Trainee solicitor, Corporate at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the company and recent deals. Understand details of the merger.

Interview Advice:

It can be on anything!

Trainee, Solicitor at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm, be enthusiastic, have an interest in corportate and commercial law, be interested in the international nature of the work

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, follow the news, relax, be prepared to "think out loud"

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic about the role and be prepared to work hard.

Interview Advice:

Be commercially aware and able to deal with scenarios pragmatically.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the various law firms thoroughly - be sure that you want to work for a top international law firm and are prepared to meet the challenges this involves (long hours, high pressure etc), and be able to talk about this at interview. Focus on commercial awareness - not just reading up a few business stories on the day of the interview, but following developments over a longer period of time and really thinking about why companies / markets (i.e. potential clients) behave as they do, and, as importantly, how law firms can contribute to this.

Interview Advice:

As above, my interview focused on why I wanted to work for this type of law firm and how the firm fitted in with clients' business needs - commercial awareness was discussed thoroughly. We also covered how the skills I had gained during the course of my degree (in particular research and writing skills) would be helpful as a trainee solicitor. As well as the interview itself, there was also a case study which further tested our ability to provide commercially-focused advice.

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Application Advice:

Read the graduate recruitment website and tailor what you say to the firm's strengths and ethos.

Trainee, Employee Share Incentives at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Read widely and be an interesting person. Demonstrate commercial awareness.

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Try to get some experience of the firm at their offices - even just attending a presentation evening or open day - so you are able to talk about the people at the firm and how you would fit in.

Interview Advice:

Be ready to explain why you have applied specifically to Hogan Lovells.

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Application Advice:

Show yourself as a well rounded applicant, who has interests outside of their academic study and ensure you are specific about why you are applying to any particular firm.

Interview Advice:

If you don't know the answer, think logically - if you know something about a related topic then speak about that instead.

Trainee Solicitor, Asset Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Think about why Hogan Lovells stands out from other City law firms in your view

Interview Advice:

Keep up-to-date with current news stories (particuarly on the economic climate, but also more generally)
Be prepared to answer questions about what you have done on work experience, how it relates to law and what you have learnt

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Application Advice:

Think carefully about your application and make sure that you are prepared to talk about everything that you write about in your interview.

Interview Advice:

I was asked a few commercial questions, but the interview mainly focused on my motivations for joining the legal profession and the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Training Contract at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Give practical examples of things that you have done that demonstrate commercial awareness

Interview Advice:

Just be yourself, interview was not particularly law focused and they are more interested in seeing you as a person.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial services litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Get as much experience as you can, whether informal work experience or vacation schemes. The more exposure you have to the industry, the better placed you are to answer questions about your career choice but also to choose the place that is right for you.

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Application Advice:

Proofread, and ask a friend to proofread. No mistakes should be in there. Lawyers are exact and perfectionist, particularly at this firm.

Interview Advice:

Typical questions: What services can we offer a new client? What recent news stories are you interested in? Where do you think we could have helped within that story/situation?

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Application Advice:

A well-rounded CV is always in a better position. Top level academics are required but thereafter outside interests and extra-curricular activities will stand you in good stead.

Interview Advice:

Relax, be yourself and be prepared to stand by and defend your opinions.

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Application Advice:

Read up about the firm and know your stuff. Keep abreast of the news and recent developments in law/politics.

Trainee solicitor, International Arbitration, Ocado at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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It's less about being interested in law, and more about having a sense of how the legal profession relates to business needs. Businesses (ie clients) come first

Interview Advice:

Try and relax, and don't be afraid to say what you really think.
Try and relate what you say theoretically to real-world situations

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Insurance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Do not concentrate solely on one particular part of the assessment day and neglect the others. The firm expect a strong performance in all areas, and a poor performance in one area could let you down.

Interview Advice:

Show why you applied to Hogan Lovells, rather than another City law firm.

Trainee, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Check, check and check again. Law is about detail and typos do not go down well.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

1) There is more to Hogan Lovells than it being the 'friendly firm' in the City. It is a serious firm with big ambitions. Whilst culture is very important, clients will always come first.
2) Prospective candidates that I meet at law fairs/recruitment events often mention that they are attracted to Hogan Lovells due to its strengths in niche areas (employment, IP, competition, pensions, real estate etc.). Whilst this is true, and those departments are market leaders in their own right, the bread and butter of what we do is Litigation, Corporate and Finance work. I would recommend that you at least express an interest in some/all of those areas in your application.
3) Most importantly - the firm that you start your career with will make a huge impact on your lifestyle, your aspirations and your general perspective on the City/the working world. Whilst the hours Trainees work at Hogan Lovells are far better than some of our competitors, you will often be working late into the night. As a result, it is very important that you choose the right firm FOR YOU. Do your research and if you find that you are having to write things in your application that you don't really believe apply to you just to fit a certain profile, then Hogan Lovells (or whatever firm you are applying to) probably isn't for you.

Interview Advice:

Give two examples of recent events in the City/financial markets that you find interesting (followed by a discussion on why). Note that I wasn't expected to know a huge amount about the ins and outs of what was going on - it was more to gauge whether I was interested in the machinations of the financial world and had commercial awareness.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Make sure you appreciate which areas of the firm are the largest, and take that into account. Research the role of a trainee generally, not just the firm.

Interview Advice:

Stay calm if you are challenged during the interview - being level headed under pressure is important.

Trainee, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and show how and why you are committed to a career at a leading law firm.

Interview Advice:

The interview very much felt like a conversation. Just relax and be yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

It's a cliche, but be yourself - its much harder to pretend to be someone else, and if they don't like you for who you are then you are better off not working at the firm. Be realistic about your role - you are the smallest fish in a very large pond, so responsibility doesn't come as of right - you have to earn it. Be realistic about the hours as well - it will vary from department to department, but this is a city law firm so expect to work hard when it counts.

Interview Advice:

Do your research on the firm, the wider legal market and the business/city world generally. Read the Economist for an extended period of time - it really helps.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm in depth.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to know a lot of detail about the firm.

Trainee, Various at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Don't do it for the prestige of saying you're a "city lawyer." It is important to consider whether you actually will enjoy the work. Research the firm and try and explain why you would rather work here than any other firm.

Interview Advice:

Watch a lot of news/ read papers to improve your "commercial awareness". Interviewers often ask which stories you have been following and whether there are any interesting legal aspects. Try to not go for the super obvious story which is everywhere (eg LIBOR).

Research the firm and try to work out what it actually does. I was asked which departments would get involved in a big M&A deal, and I just started listing all of them because I didn't know what they meant! Work shadowing or work experience, even at a high street firm, is valuable before making applications to somewhere bigger.

Trainee Solicitor, Property Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Proof read applications.

Trainee Solicitor, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research and be specific - don't use the same general application for more than one firm

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, read the papers so that you know what is going on in the world, be confident, hold your own if you are pushed on a point.

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Show an understanding business as well as law - both in terms of the commercial context in which the firm undertakes its core legal work, but also in terms of the law firm as a business in itself - it is not an "ivory tower" organisation but a business that exists to make money through careful client care, strategic positioning in a competitive market, and maintaining a reputation for good advice.

Interview Advice:

I was asked a lot of questions about why I wanted to become a trainee solicitor at an international law firm - these were not always asked directly, but as the reverse of why I did not want to work in other careers ie "I see that you have X skill - have you considered Y as a career" - the interviews were keen to see that I had at least considered other careers rather than jumping straight onto law. Likewise, careful consideration of the types of firms I was applying to was also something the interviewers expected to see and asked a lot about.

Otherwise, my commercial awareness was tested - I was asked a question about recent developments in the firm, and then asked to explain why I thought the firm had taken this route.

As might be expected, I was also asked questions key competencies - in particular about teamwork (the interviewers were keen to see that I did things outside of academic study), ability to work independently or with minimal supervision, and research skills.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Get as much experience as possible, both in law and in other sectors, which will make your application stand out. Also, try to pursue interesting extra-curricular activities and take on positions of responsibility.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and enthusiastic.

Trainee solicitor, Competition law at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Consistently strong academics and as non-generic application form as possible

Interview Advice:

Usual questions regarding why law etc. Be prepared to justify your choices and anything on your application form (e.g. why you applied to certain firms and not others). Be prepared to talk about a news story in a commercial context.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate/Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be focused, organised and impressive. Excellent comunication skills are key. Be prepared to be personable and a team player.

Interview Advice:

What the firm is up to. Why law. How you would react in a certain situation.

Trainee, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Find your USP and stick to it - be consistent, try to build up a relationship with the firm before applying for training contract

Interview Advice:

Be commercially aware and prepared to answer indepth questions about the firm and your prior work experience.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research on why you want to be at this particular firm and let your application reflect this.

Interview Advice:

Keep up to date with current affairs and have opinions on topical issues. Be prepared to debate your opinions.

Trainee Solicitor, Competition at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Focus on attention to detail.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Don't apply to Hogan Lovells because it is well regarded, won a certain award, or was ranked in X position in a table. You will spend a large part of your life at the firm, and so you need to be sure that it is for you. Do your research, email current trainees/associates, go to open days. Nothing impresses interviewers more than someone who is prepared, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. If you're good enough to work at Hogan Lovells, you'll be good enough to work at a lot of other places. Your job is to show your interviewers precisely why this firm is the place that you want to be.

Interview Advice:

Why Hogan Lovells? Why law? Interests (esp. financial/markets/legal). Things that are interesting about you (your CV can only get you so far in an interview, people want to see your human side - after all, they will be working with you).

Trainee Solicitor, Project Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be thorough in your application - everything you put in counts. Real life experience is always preferable to academic/university experience. Always do a spell check before submitting anything!

Interview Advice:

Be honest, calm, and "be yourself." Pretending to be someone you aren't is too hard work and the mask will slip at some point. Never be afraid to disagree, but be prepared to justify yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Institutions at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be keen and confident.

Interview Advice:

Know the values of the firm well.

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Double check everything and if possible, get someone who has been through the process to check your application.

Interview Advice:

Read the FT and other commercial news. Commercial awareness is key.

Trainee Solicitor, Fraud, Insolvency and Pensions Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Really research the firm's values and deals. You will need to show a real interest in this particular firm.

Interview Advice:

There are situational interviews now as well as the normal interviews. Be prepared.

Trainee Solicitor, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Make your reasons really clear about why this is the firm you want to apply to, from what you have read recently and anyone you have spoken to at the firm. Copying and pasting between application forms, or straight from the graduate recruitment website, is very obvious and will push your application towards rejection.

Interview Advice:

Know both legal and commercial issues to comment on using press such as the Financial Times and The Lawyer.
You will be asked about a client and advice to give to them in the round e.g. client x has this concern, what departments/services do you think we offer that they need? In this job it will be key to consider the bigger picture of how you can help your client and so you will be expected to demonstrate this understanding at interview.

Trainee, Financial Services Disputes at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Think about your unique selling point and really hone in on that. Don't be put off by the competition - your application is about you and how you think you can help.

Interview Advice:

Go in confident in the belief that you will be able to help your team when you start, and prepare! Be ready to argue for what you believe in (e.g. the value of pro-bono work), and ready to discuss what you learnt in any previous roles.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Institutions at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Think carefully about what it is you like about the firm in particular, and what sets it apart.

Interview Advice:

Commercial awareness and general awareness of the news/interesting cases. I was asked a question relating to which departments you would need to liaise with on a large M & A deal.

Trainee Solicitor, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, be prepared and be ready to work hard. Law is a great career but a difficult one.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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Application Advice:

Speak to as many people as possible within the firm you apply to before joining. Understand what will be expected.

Interview Advice:

Understand why you want to be at the job you are applying for, be able to answer all of the obvious questions - they will come up.

Trainee, Intellectual Property at Hogan Lovells International LLP
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