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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP scores 3.6/5 based on 112 reviews.
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What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £39,000 - £41,000
Current salary: £39,000 - £41,000
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What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
Go to a grad recruitment event if you can. When there, ask the grad recruitment staff what they want to see in your personal statement.
Have two or three friends read through your application to check for typos.
It goes without saying, if you're still in university, try to improve your grades as much as you can. Working that extra hour a day will pay off in the long-run.
Try to get work experience under your belt at soon as possible. It doesn't have to be in the City or even commercial law (although it will be great if it is). Just pop into a local solicitor's office and ask for a week's work experience. If you do that two or three times you will be able to show the bigger firms that you’re committed to becoming a lawyer.
Make sure to build up your CV’s “non-law sections”. Pursue your hobbies. It is more than likely that your interviewers will be interested in these and ask you about them in your interview.
Go to open days. Many of the City firms run some form of open day. These are great as they allow you to understand what the firms are looking for in applications.
Do you have any interview tips?
There were two interviews when I applied to Freshfields. The first interview was with a partner and an associate. It was quite relaxed. They asked me a range of competency questions. The questions I was asked included, "what are your strengths and weaknesses", "why law and not banking" (I had a business background), "give us an example of a time you were part of team” etc.
There is also a second interview which revolves around a newspaper article which is given to candidates on the day. Most people find this interview a little harder. My advice would be to take a commonsensical approach. The interviewers aren't looking for someone with intricate knowledge of the commercial world. You need to demonstrate that you are able to understand the client's concerns. Ask yourself, what is the business in the article trying to achieve and what strategy is it taking to achieve that goal. Are there any other alternative approaches that might work for this business?
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