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BT (British Telecom)

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Understand how BT operate within the broader telecommunications environment. Truly appreciate the diverse role of an in-house lawyer.

Interview Advice: Be confident, enthusiastic and research appropriately.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Intellectual Property; Media at Taylor Wessing

Application Advice: Make your application specific - tie in key and recent deals the firm has been working on and make sure you mention them in any application or interview.

Interview Advice: Know your application and CV well - expect a grilling about your experiences so make sure you know what you're talking about and haven't made things up!

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Do proper research before applying - you should know the areas the firm is strong at and recognised for, but also appreciate the fact that it is a full-service law firm. Try to attend one of the events organised for students and come prepared with good questions.

Interview Advice: Thoroughly research the firm. I would also recommend to read commercial and corporate news for a few weeks leading up to the interview (think of major news topics in the past few months and how it can impact the firm and its clients).

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Advertise yourself, not a persona that you think will resonate with the firm.

Interview Advice: Save up for a nice but understated tie or work dress. Confidence shows.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Patents (1st seat) at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Research the firms, try to get a real feel for what the environment is like and try to get internships in law firms outside of vacation schemes in order to assess whether you actually like solicitor work (vac schemes usually have so much packed into them that most people do not get to see/work on a lot of things).

Interview Advice: Know your application and CV inside out, have good explanations for any gaps/shortcomings on your CV, get interview practice via your university or even just your friends.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Private Capital and Corporate Finance at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself. Tailor your answers to the firm's business and culture. Flatter the firm and yourself.

Interview Advice: I was asked the typical questions which can be found in the hundreds of legal graduate recruitment "what to expect at your interview" articles. They will ask you questions about the firm and areas where they can approve. Throughout the whole process you should consider every answer through a firm-tinted lens: firstly, they want to see that you understand the legal career and business in general and secondly they want to see that you understand their firm's place in that system. Ultimately, you should be yourself. It's easy enough to pretend to have some knowledge, interest or characteristic for an hour long interview but that becomes difficult over a 2 year training contract.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm's culture, what makes them different- show that in applications/interview.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show human qualities as well as skills etc.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm's culture, what makes them different - show that in applications/interview.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show human qualities as well as skills etc.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Private Capital and Corporate Finance at At Your Service

Application Advice: Don't just regurgitate firm's brochures and marketing materials.

Interview Advice: Try not to rehearse answers so that you sound robotic.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Take the time to research the firm and attend open days to get a feel for how we distinguish ourselves from competitors.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial 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!

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution & Compliance 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.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Be yourself throughout the application process. Allow your personality to shine through, everyone has good academics but not everyone has an engaging personality!

Interview Advice: Be confident and be yourself.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Michelmores

Trainee Solicitor, at Michelmores

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.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate (4th seat) at Mishcon de Reya

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.

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Gowling WLG

Trainee Solicitor – Graduate, at Gowling WLG

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.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Property Litigation at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Be yourself, don't be afraid to show that you have an independent voice or can stand up and make decisions for yourself. This firm prides itself on being a bit different so show why you are not a cookie-cutter lawyer. This doesn't mean you don't know about the commercial reality of the world that we live in, but be aware of how your non-legal experience can shape your thinking.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - the firm looks for collegiate, collaborative thinkers rather than people who will trample over others to get to where they want to be. Be a person that your interviewer would be happy to share an office with.

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Michelmores

Trainee Solicitor, at Michelmores

Application Advice: Do as much research as possible and make sure this is definitely the career path you wish to pursue.

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Shoosmiths

, Corporate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: - Demonstrate that you understand how businesses work. - Demonstrate hobbies and interests that you do in your free time.

Interview Advice: #NAME?

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Gowling WLG

Trainee Solicitor, at Gowling WLG

Application Advice: You find surprises where you don't expect to find them.

Interview Advice: Have a story to sell.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Attend Insight Evenings and take your time over applications.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Client Secondment at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Gain as much experience as possible - legal or otherwise. Highlight how the skills you have gained relate to a career in law. Always answer honestly and try to engage with any application questions with relevant examples. Do not just copy and paste generic answers from application to application - firms can easily see this.

Interview Advice: Always be yourself and make sure you engage with assessment day tasks and chat with as many of the staff members present (from trainees to partners). Be inquisitive, friendly and tailor your questions/answers to the firm's values and the tasks you have to complete. Prepare well and do your research into the firm. Try and anticipate questions about commercial awareness or the firm itself. Always back up answers with relevant experience and explain how the skills translate well to a job in law.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Know the firm, know its values and be yourself.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee, Corporate at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Be yourself. Make sure you know what kind of firm you want to work for.

Interview Advice: General commercial questions. About previous work experience. Very specific questions about activities and hobbies.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: While candidates need to have the necessary qualifications it is important to demonstrate a passion for something not necessarily within the law but that motivates and drives you. For example, if you have an interest in sport or something within the community.

Interview Advice: In the interview, I was asked situational questions and asked how I would respond to various ethical situations. It is a good idea to have a good grasp on commercial awareness and how it applies to a legal situation. You should have a good knowledge of the firm and how the different departments interact with each other.

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Gowling WLG

Trainee, Public Law and Regulation at Gowling WLG

Application Advice: Apply your hobbies to the skills required for the job - they are looking for interesting people.

Interview Advice: About my hobbies and interests in the business world (and any recent stories that I have taken an interest in).

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Gowling WLG

Trainee Solicitor, Construction at Gowling WLG

Application Advice: Be yourself, the firm is very down to earth and personable!

Interview Advice: Be yourself and do not over prepare.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Gowling WLG

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate FInance at Gowling WLG

Application Advice: Get the grades.

Interview Advice: Know the firm inside-out, why you want to work there and what differentiates the firm from its competitors.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Planning at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Go for a different firm, especially if you haven't had experience as a paralegal before - unless you are lucky enough to get into a good team and a good supervisor, the supervision isn't great and people don't take the time to help you develop.

Interview Advice: Same as usual for law firms, be really clear why them, know their areas of law and also their sectors (e.g. retail, health energy etc.) - they usually like it if you comment on their TST team as they were the first to set up a team like this in the country (TST is the Transactional Services Team, which is a pool of paralegals they can use collectively for a large deal, or alternatively they often taken individuals from this team and have embedded paralegals in the departments - means departments can have extra help, but in quieter periods when they don't have the budget for the paralegal it gives them flexibility).

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: It's a bit cliché but try and be yourself. The firm are looking for people who they can see themselves working with in the future.

Interview Advice: Questions asked included: - Provide an example of a successful business and why you think it is successful? - Tell me about a time you worked in a team and what the result was? - What challenges do you think face Addleshaw Goddard over the next 12 months?

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Professional Risk at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Try and get your personality across as well as fulfilling the requirements.

Interview Advice: E.g. Be yourself not what you think that the firm wants to see; everyone is an individual. Questions you were asked etc

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee, Real Estate at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Be your 'commercially aware' self.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Womble Bond Dickinson

, Financial Services at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Meet graduate recruitment before applying (i.e. go to law fairs, open days etc.)

Interview Advice: Think about ways you can demonstrate commercial awareness.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Planning at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Limit the number of firms you apply to and tailor your applications.

Interview Advice: Keep up-to-date with commercial affairs. Research firms well. Be enthusiastic.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Spelling mistakes! Watch out for them as they are an easy thing to use to rule you out.

Interview Advice: We are now doing Skype interviews - make yourself presentable and don't fidget as it is so much more obvious on screen than in person.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Finance and projects at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm, but don't just use the website to copy and paste facts - be yourself and add your own style into your application. The firm gets thousands of applications, so find ways to include your personality as much as possible in your application to make it stand out. Think outside of the box - rather than just copy and pasting info, say why you think what you're describing is helpful/a positive.

Interview Advice: Be honest and be yourself in the interview - this is your way of finding out whether the firm would be a fit for you as well as you being fit for the firm. AG recruits lots of different personality types - it is not a 'one size fits all' - however the firm look for enthusiastic candidates.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee, Oil and Gas at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Make sure that you think you would fit as a BD colleague and that that is as important to you as the work.

Interview Advice: Focus on challenges ahead and future of firm.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Private Tax at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Be honest and true to yourself about the type of firm you wish to work at and if you're happy being pushed outside of your comfort zone.

Interview Advice: Have a passion and don't be afraid to talk about it.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Incentives at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: - Think outside the box - Voice your opinions (within reason!) and have a view - Be enthusiastic

Interview Advice: - Don't be shy - Believe in your own opinions - Apply yourself to the situations in questions - Talk about interesting topics other than the law

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Meet as many people as you can in as many different environments.

Interview Advice: Relax and be more conversational with the interviewers.

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National Grid

Trainee Solicitor, Legal at National Grid

Application Advice: Clearly articulate precisely what you like about the company and what you have to offer.

Interview Advice: Be thoroughly prepared for questions that you would typically expect. Be yourself.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Shoosmiths

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.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Demonstrate why you would be a good fit at this firm, rather than simply piping on about how much of a great candidate you are.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee, Corporate at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Persevere!

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Patents at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Be bold, be interesting.

Interview Advice: Be bold, be interesting.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee, Private Client at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Try to show how creative and outgoing you can/have been.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm thoroughly and really think about whether the firm's culture is something that would appeal to you.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Property Litigation, Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Graduates are often told to focus on "Commercial Awareness," which is often misinterpreted as reciting some newspaper article or current affairs issue during the interview process. However, commercial awareness is much more than simply regurgitating a news bite on Brexit or Donald Trump! It is about demonstrating that you appreciate the firm ultimately exists to make money and that you understand the business model behind this (i.e. that most law firms operate a "thirds" profit model - one third for salaries, one third for other overheads and one third profit). It is also essential that you understand the client base that you will be working with, and how their own industry operates. For example, if you are going to be working with Insolvency Practitioners, you need to understand that much of their business works on a reciprocal basis and that part of your responsibility as a fee earner will be to spot and drive referral opportunities to these clients.

Interview Advice: You will inevitably be asked why you wanted to go into law. I have often thought that candidates feel compelled to provide a slightly artificial answer to this. Further, I'm not altogether sure that your answer to this question really reveals much about you as a person. Quite often, the big decisions in our life (i.e. whether you want to be a lawyer) are shaped by things outside of our control (where we grew up, whether we had a particularly inspiring law teacher). I think what candidates (and recruiters) should focus on is what sort of lawyer you want to be. I feel that it is these smaller choices that actually reveal a lot more about the type of candidate you are to the employer. p.s. you will probably receive an oddball question like "what is a tort" - be prepared!

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate 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.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, at Blake Morgan

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.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Succession and Tax at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Be yourself so that you know whether you will fit in with the people there. Be open to different areas of law because you may be surprised at what you enjoy. Don't narrow down your parameters as the firm wants someone who is open to a challenge.

Interview Advice: Remember you are being watched from the minute you drive into the car park. They even ask the receptionists how you spoke to them! Be humble and polite but chatty and sociable.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Try to be genuine in your application/interview etc. They are looking for originality and people who like people as well as being academically able. Take time to learn about the firm before you apply, and tailor your application accordingly. Try to avoid stock phrases about being passionate about law that they will have seen time and time again.

Interview Advice: As above.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Do your research. Access as many resources on training contracts as possible so that you can make an informed decision as to the type of firm you would like to work for, the types of work you would like to do and the region/area you would like to work within. This will help you narrow your search and ensure that your applications are targeted to those firms that attract you most. Generic mass applications to lots of firms do not typically work so choose a selection of firms you most want to apply to.

Interview Advice: 1. Research the firm before attending your interview. If you know lots about the firm, the sectors they work in, their competition and the types of work they do, you will be able to ask informed questions and use particular examples as to why that particular firm attracted you. 2. Prepare examples to questions based on the competencies the firm will be looking for such as teamwork, leadership skills, organisation skills, communication skills, working under pressure etc. That way, when questioned, you can give different examples of how you can demonstrate those skills. 3. Most of all, be yourself!

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Private Client at Irwin Mitchell LLP

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!

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Always triple check your application, and get someone to read over it for you. Attention to detail is crucial. Try to think of different examples for the skills/experience questions as this will show that you are a well-rounded individual.

Interview Advice: Always re-read your application going into the interview, and don't be afraid to be yourself. Try to remain as calm as possible, and let your personality shine through. Don't forget that people will want to see what you do outside of academics/work.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Court of Protection / Contentious Trusts and Probate 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.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate 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.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Understand the niche work that Irwin Mitchell does.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be open, be candid.

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Michelmores

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Michelmores

Application Advice: Demonstrate good people skills.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee, Real Estate at Taylor Wessing 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.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be meticulous with checking what you write in your application. Try to create a story; an explanation as to how you got here and where you want to go.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself - but the best version of yourself!

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Michelmores

Trainee, Commercial Property at Michelmores

Application Advice: Like many regional firms, HR receives hundreds of applications each year, so make your application as bespoke and specific to the firm as possible. It is not necessary to have connections with the South-West, as long as you are able to justify why this location appeals to you.

Interview Advice: The interview is conducted by a partner and member of HR. Try to provide thoughtful answers that you are able to justify if probed further (do not worry about pausing). There is no right or wrong answer, the interviewers are interested to see how you think and respond to challenges. It is not necessary to read the FT - however, I would recommend keeping abreast with current business news, from sources such as BBC, and changes in the legal sector.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Having applied for a training contract for four consecutive years before being successful, I would say be patient and persistent. Another huge factor to my eventual success was to gain the relevant work experience as this allowed me to evidence that I could 'walk the walk' as opposed to just trying to convince recruiters through a written application.

Interview Advice: Interview questions were a mix between getting to know you as a candidate (what drives you, likes, dislikes, etc.) and skills/competency based questions. For the former, be yourself. The interviewers don't want to trip you up (it's in nobody's interest for them to do this) so don't try to be someone you are not. For the latter, it is useful to have stock examples of your hobbies, work experiences, charity involvement, other that display how you have achieved and displayed these skills.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be as detailed as possible and use experiences to draw out skills. Do as much as possible to put on your CV.

Interview Advice: General competency questions. Research the firm well.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Get some work experience, of any type, even if it's volunteering - the ability to demonstrate how you have used skills, rather than just saying that you have them, is invaluable in interview exercises. Otherwise, tailor the application to Irwin Mitchell. Read about some of their cases that interest you, or refer to something that the firm has been involved in. This will show that your application is not generic.

Interview Advice: Please demonstrate how you have dealt with difficult customers/clients? Please detail a dilemma where you have had to make a decision that negatively impacted somebody. Why did you choose the option that you did?

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Patent Litigation at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Do your research about the specific law firm you are applying to. They may appear similar from the outside but often specialise in different types of work and have differing working cultures.

Interview Advice: Be positive, and try to learn from each interview you do.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm thoroughly, do not complete the application 'half-heartedly'. Ensure that not only is the firm right for you but you are right for the firm - check the type of work offered, the working environment, the culture - do these appeal to you?

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Read your application through before submitting it.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Really take your time. Draft your application, walk away from it for a few days and then come back to it at a later date for a re-read. Understand the firm's values because this is a big part of the application process and forms the basis of the assessment tasks.

Interview Advice: Most of the questions asked were competency based, i.e. "give an example of a time when..." Make sure you have a number of these prepared and ready to go which cover a wide variety of situations such as teamwork, ingenuity and independence, etc.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee, Corporate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Be truthful to yourself and others. Apply for a firm that is good for gut instinct.

Interview Advice: Research thoroughly and mirror the interviewers.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Make sure you get who you are across in the application process. Shoosmiths embraces diversity and so don't be afraid to be yourself and really make that apparent on your application.

Interview Advice: Make sure you prepare and are able to show how you can demonstrate you are able to work within Shoosmith's values. As with the application be yourself, those interviewing you will be able to see if you are not being yourself and don't be afraid to ask questions about the firm.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Make sure you do extensive research on the organisation before you apply and make sure it fits with your values and you are passionate about the role as this will show in the application.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - Shoosmiths likes candidates who showcase their true personality.

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Shoosmiths

, at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: The firm are really keen to hire people that will match the values that the firm holds. I would ensure that I research the firm and its clients thoroughly.

Interview Advice: I had to attend an assessment centre and complete a group exercise, written exercise, presentation and interview. I would make sure you prepare yourself for every part of the assessment centre and not just expect to get through on the back of the areas you excel in.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm's values and apply them to your own experience.

Interview Advice: Be open and honest.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Understand the type of firm that you would like to work at and tailor your application accordingly.

Interview Advice: Make sure that you speak up during group exercises, and for the written exercise it is crucial that your answer is clearly structured and does not contain any spelling/grammar errors.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Be honest in your strengths and weaknesses, what you might perceive to be a lack of relevant experience may, in fact, be exactly what they are looking for.

Interview Advice: There was no aspect of the interview that required a detailed technical knowledge of the law; instead the focus was more on me as a person and why I wanted to work for the firm. Make sure you brush up on the firm's areas of work, and make sure you know where their offices are!

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Do your research.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Medical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself. Be passionate about the brand and do your research on the firm, culture and values. Only apply if you really want to work here and know the reasons for wanting to work here. Be friendly, polite and courteous to everyone you meet when you visit the office, including security, reception and HR.

Interview Advice: Be friendly and be yourself - you are more likely to fit in and enjoy yourself in the long run if you are honest! Prepare in advance - consider new developments in the law and research areas that this firm is interested in e.g. if applying to PLS, look at fixed costs, DOLS, etc. If BLS, look at Brexit. I was asked lots of questions about team work because this office is a team environment. Think of examples of where you have worked well in a team and consider in advance what strengths you can bring.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: To check applications thoroughly, draw on particular experiences to highlight skills and get as many different experiences as possible to talk about.

Interview Advice: General competency questions.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Get someone else to check your application; they will pick up mistakes that you might not see as you have checked it multiple times already. Try to be as concise as possible in your answers.

Interview Advice: Be yourself at the interview, rather than what you think the partners want you to be.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Taylor Wessing LLP

Interview Advice: Don't panic if you suffer a mind blank, be honest and you can always come back to the question later.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate, Commercial and Projects at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you are able to clearly explain why you think Taylor Wessing, in particular, is right for you and why you are right for them. Research the firm in detail to show that you did not simply include it within a scatter gun approach to training contract applications.

Interview Advice: I was asked to elaborate on an answer to a question in my application form on 'What law would you change and why?'.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Seek advice from your careers service/online regarding the technique in filling out applications. It took me 3 rounds (ie 3 years) of applications to crack this, which resulted in my suddenly receiving many more offers than previous even though my experience and qualifications hadn't changed significantly.

Interview Advice: Know your answers for the bog standard questions (ie "why law?") like the back of your hand and be prepared to be challenged on them. Aside from that in my interview, the interviewer seemed most interested in what I was like as a person beyond my legal qualifications and how well I could think on my feet. The main topic of discussion in my interview was the work I had done on Latin American politics during my degree!

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Stand out, show off your experience both in law and outside of law.

Interview Advice: Let your personality come out as this, coupled with the package of skills required of a trainee solicitor, will show recruiters that you will fit into the company.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Show your personality in your application, they want to know about you as a person outside of law and academia. IM want to hire interesting individuals who can be made into good lawyers.

Interview Advice: Same as above

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Take the time to research the firm inside out before you apply. There are a lot of things about IM that are very different to traditional law firms, and if you are not aware of this, it is likely to show.

Interview Advice: Be friendly, enthusiastic and try to relax. Being confident that you have researched everything about the firm beforehand is likely to help with this. People hire people that they would like to work with, so don't be pushy or overbearing in the group exercise but also make sure that you stand your ground in a confident, professional way.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Research the company thoroughly, look into its values, its working environment, the type of work it carries out and the client it carries it out for. Then think about the type of firm you wish to work for and see if the two marry up. A training contract application is not just about a firm choosing its trainees, but also a future trainee selecting the right firm. In order to make the most of the training contract, you want both.

Interview Advice: Prepare thoroughly, be able to answer competency questions and research the firm well. Know your application and CV inside out but most importantly try to relax once you are in the interview. There will have been over a thousand applicants, and only a small percentage are interviewed, so to get to this stage, you are the type of candidate the firm is looking for.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury and Abuse at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Do your research on the firm and apply your own experience to what the firm specialises in.

Interview Advice: Show that you can work well within a team and that you care about social issues as the firm is very charitable and is keen to provide an increasingly personal level of client care.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Make your application stand out from the crowd. It is easy to say, but make sure you are yourself. Try and include details which are likely to enable the employers to remember you.

Interview Advice: Be confident and enthusiastic. Try not to give up when obstacles are put in your way, or if the interview seems challenging. It is designed to challenge you and to see how you react to pressure.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Public Law at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: The best thing to do is to try and gain as much work experience as possible. Irwin Mitchell offers short placement schemes which are a great way to experience the company and see whether it is somewhere you would like to work. The firm recruits a lot of its trainees through these schemes.

Interview Advice: The key thing is to really know why you want to work here. Don't just say the ordinary 'I want to work for a good firm', try to pinpoint exactly what makes IM different and why that would suit you and what you have to offer the firm. I looked a lot at the future of the legal industry to demonstrate my wider knowledge of the sector. Try and research the values of the firm and include these in your application/interview beside skills/activities you have done which reflect each value. Try not to be too contrived when doing this though!

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial, IP & IT at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Demonstrate an understanding of the firm's key sectors of work and how you would fit the firm's ethos.

Interview Advice: Dress appropriately and be prepared to participate fully in group exercises and discussions.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Be picky and honest about what you want. The application process is as much about you finding the right firm for you as firms finding the right candidates. Do lots of research and seriously consider what you ideally want out of a trainee solicitor role - the culture of the firm, the types of clients, the location etc. Law firms vary hugely and finding the right fit is key. Once you find a firm that you think you fit into, the application will be much easier, as you can let your personality and your enthusiasm shine through.

Interview Advice: Make sure you've done your research - know what the firm does, its client base, what motivates it, its goals and also its culture. Pay attention to the news and what's going on in the world - remember law firms don't exist in isolation, they need clients, and clients are affected by business affairs and global events. Don't be afraid to show some of your personality - if you've applied to the right firm and genuinely believe you're a great fit for it, then let that shine through at the interview!

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Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Try to understand what the firm really means by being commercially aware. Read the FT. Have an answer for 'why law' - people generally don't have something concrete.

Interview Advice: Linklaters' interviews are very commercial. They will give you a case study and grill you on the commercial drivers of the deal and how a lawyer would tailor their advice accordingly.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: To understand there is a learning curve, but the quicker they start the easier it is. It's important to have a basic understanding about what the firm does and the clients they have as ultimately it is a service firm.

Interview Advice: Be able to consider a potential deal the firm might be working on and the issues that might arise from that (and possible solutions).

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Read everything thoroughly, pay attention to detail and come across as enthusiastic as possible.

Interview Advice: Research the interviewer in advance, be enthusiastic and stay up to date with current affairs.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, SFG at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking/Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee, Banking at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Commercial awareness, know how the firm's client sectors affects the work we do and how we are structured.

Interview Advice: There is a commercial interview and a personal one. Make sure you really compare Linklaters to its competitors and how the firm is stronger or weaker than its competitors. Always think of the commercial factors behind what you are being asked.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Understand the role of a commercial lawyer and ensure your application reflects an interest in that type of work. Use a variety of resources to collate information that will make your application feel highly tailored to the firm. The advice sounds general, but it's general for a reason.

Interview Advice: How lawyers would be involved in the process of a deal, in terms of the different departments that would be required, and then what specific things those departments might have to do. It was important to have some awareness on the decisions that need to be made and the influences on what advice we would give.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Commercial awareness is crucial.

Interview Advice: Have a good knowledge of the nature of work undertaken by all departments at the firm, and how they might interlink.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, SFG at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and their clients. Remember that law is a service industry, everything you do is to benefit a client - not to remind the world that you're an important lawyer.

Interview Advice: Don't panic. Seriously, your interviewer is human and doesn't want to see you struggle. Don't hesitate to ask for a question to be repeated.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Mainstream Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Be determined, make sure your CV shows a 'narrative' of how you came to want to work here, i.e. first legal work experience and what type of law, first commercial legal work experience and what type of firm i.e. American; and, if your CV doesn't have those things, go and get the experience by emailing/meeting whoever you can. Use your university graduate recruitment team

Interview Advice: How would a company finance a large transaction? Answer: equity/debt Which is better, equity of debt? Answer: depends on the transaction, equity can be cheaper etc.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Be very familiar with the commercial world and the work Linklaters performs for its clients.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Work experience, even in other sectors such as accountancy or consulting, is valuable, and worth mentioning in your application.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Structured Finance at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm - attend an event before you apply.

Interview Advice: Be confident, and know how the firm differentiates itself from its competitors.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Get into a good habit of keeping up to date with the financial press - it will help both in the interview process and in starting your job.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Private Equity at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Unique - It doesn't matter what you do or who you are, everyone has their own selling points. Don't be afraid to be different.

Interview Advice: The big question you will be asked is "why us?" - Be prepared to answer it with non generic points.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicitor, City at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Focus on making the application unique to Ashurst: why do you want to work here rather than at another firm? Make sure you have enough work experience to evidence an interest in law. Make sure there are no silly mistakes in your application.

Interview Advice: Interviews vary hugely depending on the partners running them. Make sure you are up-to-date on current affairs and that your commercial awareness is up to scratch. An excellent way to gain commercial awareness is by reading 'Everything You Need To Know About The City' by Christopher Stoakes. It is also very useful to read the Economist, City AM and/or the FT. Finally, in the interview itself, stay calm. It is very easy to panic and say things simply to fill the silence. Consider carefully what you have been asked and try to make a considered response.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Private Tax at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: All work experience is relevant.

Interview Advice: Be passionate.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicior, Real Estate at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Do your research and be yourself. The most convincing applications show who a person is, which will provide both you and the firm with an idea of whether a career at Ashurst LLP is a good match.

Interview Advice: Before you enter your interview make sure you know why you want a career in Law and why you want a career at Ashurst LLP specifically. Even if you are not directly asked these questions, this will come across throughout your interview.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee solicitor, Corporate / banking at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Make sure that the firm is the right fit for you. Not your typical stuffy lawyers at all.

Interview Advice: More interested in getting to know the person behind the application, just be yourself!

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Ashurst LLP

, Corporate Projects at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Do as much research as you can on the firm you are applying to.

Interview Advice: Enthusiasm and preparation are key.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate/Energy at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Attention to detail, commercial sense, personality and knowledge of the firm.

Interview Advice: Read the legal press, understand the legal world as a business and how it makes profit, commercial acumen, think about why you are applying, think about why you are/are not applying to magic circle law firms.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm well and be genuine at interview.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Prepare your application with Ashurst in mind - do not make it generic.

Interview Advice: Do not panic - you may be asked questions which make you flustered, just go with it.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Disputes-Corporate-Finance at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Have an excellent record on paper/academically, but also demonstrate your team skills and personal interests.

Interview Advice: I was asked about my understanding of law firms as a business - i.e., the unit of sale is essentially lawyers' time or "billable hours".

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee, Banking at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Get a lot of experience in team roles and also some experience in the Banking sector as well as legal experience - this helps you to understand the clients and their commercial needs.

Interview Advice: Be confident and well prepared! Have an understanding of the market - both legal and the economic climate.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Attend as many graduate events as possible to get to know the firm.

Interview Advice: Same as above - it really translates well if people have researched the firm.

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Ashurst LLP

, at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: The Ashurst application involves a cover letter as opposed to set questions. Make the most of this, talk about the things that are different about you rather than just repeating the same bits of information that other application forms ask for.

Interview Advice: Be honest and avoid cliches. As with the cover letter application form Ashurst want to find out who you are, there is no box-ticking exercise, so it is best to let your personality come through.

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Ashurst LLP

, at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Do your research on the firm and tailor your application accordingly.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and not who you think the firm would like you to be.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: From the moment you sit down to complete the very first line of the application form, show attention to detail. Be able to demonstrate that you have researched specifics regarding the firm, the role and what will be expected of you. Approach your application with the focus and passion you will be expected to carry into the role. If you choose not to do this, you will not be selected over those who will go the extra mile to do so.

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Ashurst LLP

, at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Research into Ashurst before applying.

Interview Advice: Know your application inside out and be able to develop the information originally given in your application.

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Ashurst LLP

, at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself at interview and don't be afraid to express some personality.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

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.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Projects at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Really focus on researching the firm and think about their culture and the skills they value, such as being able to work in a team. Use examples from your experience to show how you can fit into this.

Interview Advice: My interview was fairly relaxed and friendly. A case study was used where I was asked to think about a potential transaction from the point of view of one of the parties. I was asked broadly about examples of when I had showed the skills Ashurst values.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Succession & Tax at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Practice psychometric tests and have something original to say about why this firm is the one for you.

Interview Advice: If you are asked a legal question and don't know the answer, say that you don't know and explain how you would find out. Don't be tempted to waffle about something you know nothing about.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee, Professional Regulatory at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Proof reading is essential - get someone else to read over your application before you send it in. It's always best to have a fresh set of eyes to spot any mistakes. You need to sell yourself, which doesn't come naturally to everyone. One way of reminding yourself of your strengths is to read over appraisal documents or good feedback you've received on a piece of work. You can use these as examples within your applications too.

Interview Advice: Make sure that you're yourself and let your personality be seen. Ultimately, being a solicitor is people working with people and it's important to show that you're someone people will enjoy working with, both from a colleague and client perspective.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

, at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee, Litigation at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: I'd review the website carefully, and detail areas of the law/practices that interest you. That way at an interview you can talk about your interests and have a dialogue with the interviewer.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to give your view and ask questions to the interviewer as a response.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking Acquisition Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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!

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Law at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself; research the firm; think about why you would want to work here rather than elsewhere.

Interview Advice: Know the firm; don't over-prepare as that can be seen through!

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Good grades and plenty of extra curricular are a given. Show Simmons why you want to work for Simmons and why you would fit in here. Showing a genuine interest in the firm and what it does should help make your application stand out.

Interview Advice: At the end of the interview, try and ask the interviewer about their career and their life at Simmons. It will give you an insight into the firm and should also help them remember you.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and find out whether the firm will really suit you.

Interview Advice: Be authentic and don't be afraid to offer your own thoughts and opinions. Read up about the firm so you really understand what it is all about.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring and Insolvency at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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?

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

, International Arbitration at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: You need to demonstrate your understanding of the commercial aspects of your work - putting your work into context makes you a much more impressive applicant. Leave some additional things to flesh out your interview a bit further, so that it's not just a complete re-hash of your application form.

Interview Advice: Take your time to respond. The interviewer might help to prompt you for some of the parts, but there's nothing wrong with slowing down. You also need to know your application, and make sure you can extend upon things you highlighted in it.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

, at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Hogan Lovells International LLP

, at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Hogan Lovells International LLP

, at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Think about what makes the firm different; consider the firm's sector focus and how this differentiates Simmons.

Interview Advice: What is money laundering? General questions around competencies.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

, at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Law at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee, Banking at Hogan Lovells International LLP

Application Advice: Tailor each application to the firm.

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

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Have practical examples of when you have applied the values you discuss in your application.

Interview Advice: Again, having more examples to discuss (other than the ones mentioned in your application).

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm, not just current deals but how the firm seeks to differentiate itself. Look at the culture of the firm and if/how you fit that.

Interview Advice: Simmons is looking for the sharpest people but those who are also pleasant to deal with on a day to day basis. Make sure you know your stuff but also be nice, ask questions, develop a rapport.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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?

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, N/A at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: I would advise you to link your experience to date with what Simmons & Simmons LLP represents and values. Research our sector focus, values and CSR approach in particular.

Interview Advice: Have a variety of examples to show that you are a well-rounded individual. I think it helps if you can link your interests to work of the firm (as a few examples you could potentially relate to our art work, variety of sports practised across the firm or some innovative projects such as FinTech work).

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Know the firms main products, its sectors and why it has chosen those sectors. Be able to justify why a career in law at Simmons is for you.

Interview Advice: Read the papers and be prepared to discuss recent global news. Prepare your own topics on something less obvious.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be interested in the areas of law and industries that AG works in.

Interview Advice: Be motivated and prepared. Being commercially aware is very important.

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Bird & Bird LLP

, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Qualifications are not the most important factor.

Interview Advice: Relax and show character.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, Banking at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Avoid clichés.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and take advice with a pinch of salt. Question/answers that made one candidate successful might not necessary work for others.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Property Litigation at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Proof read your application - many don't make sense or include spelling and/or grammatical errors.

Interview Advice: Research the firm and ensure that you are enthusiastic about the role. You would be surprised how many people apply, but don't know what we do.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee solicitor, Corporate at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Do your homework - learn about the firm before applying.

Interview Advice: Read up on recent transactions/cases, and have some questions ready.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, IPE at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Read up on business news, and also be able to talk about areas you are interested in within the law. Think up a few questions for the end. Vac scheme is well worth it!

Interview Advice: Be prepared to discuss the big topics of the day e.g. Brexit and the financial crash in an interview!

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Stand out as an individual.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself. The variety of personalities and backgrounds in the trainee group at the moment shows that AG don't look for a type. Individuality matters.

Interview Advice: Read up on commercial awareness and developments expected in the Legal Sector in the next few years as this is bound to come up. Also have plenty of examples to give in an answer to questions about teamwork, your ambitions and challenges you have faced.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Really know why you want to apply to the firm.

Interview Advice: There were no 'awful' questions! Be on top of the news and consider the challenges that a law firm and business in general might face in light of this.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, Corporate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Just be yourself.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Law at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be really clear about what this firm in particular offers that you want to be a part of. We are a law firm, but we aren't the same as every other law firm out there. Why are we different, why does that matter and what makes it the right firm for you. Have a commercial appreciation for the firm's business and the wider business world - you don't need to know everything but you do need to know something!

Interview Advice: Be succinct and direct. Honesty is appreciated. Think sensibly but the questions aren't there to trip you up. You can not be judged on something you don't say so if it's worthwhile, make the comment.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee solicitor, Real Estate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Tailor your application where possible, don't just cut and paste. Make sure you attend events that the firm holds at the office, such as open evenings, workshops and networking events to really stand out.

Interview Advice: Be sure to have a general awareness of what is happening in the business world and how that affects the legal sector.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and attend events. Try to speak to people and get a feel for the firm.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and prepare thoroughly.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you have done work experience/vacation schemes at multiple firms.

Interview Advice: Not just competency questions, may be asked about businesses you admire and more abstract commercial constructs.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and the career in general as much as possible. Our website has a lot of information contained on it and will help during interviews. Attending a vacation scheme is a really useful way to "get to know" the firm and people.

Interview Advice: Why have you selected law as a career? Why have you applied to AG? Describe an example of when you have demonstrated commercial awareness. What area of the law would you be particularly interested in qualifying into?

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Business Restructuring at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Ensure you tailor your application to the office you are applying for and highlight how you would fit in with the firm's down to earth culture. Demonstrate an interest in our large transactional departments rather than niche areas we may not give trainees exposure to.

Interview Advice: Be yourself as personality goes a long way and do not think that you need to have run a business in order to be commercially aware. It is about demonstrating that you understand how businesses work.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial – Pensions at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Carry out research to be up to date with what is happening across the firm (both nationally and internationally) currently/in the near future and make sure to get this knowledge/interest across in your application.

Interview Advice: Try to find out who is going to be interviewing you and research their interests and area of practice (in order to be able to show knowledge/awareness of that area of law during your interview, thus creating a connection and hopefully a lasting good impression).

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Although this firm has a large Private Client team and a strong Family Team, they are looking for trainees who are not scared of the business world and who have a genuine interest and grasp of commercial matters.

Interview Advice: Come prepared with business awareness and a few examples up your sleeve of corporate events. Read the FT and think about our clients and how those issues might affect them.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, IP at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Try to stand out and show your personality.

Interview Advice: Be confident and friendly.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Build up your workplace experience beyond just law.

Interview Advice: The most demanding part of the interview was a role play telephone conversation with an unhappy client. They're not looking to identify your legal skills but rather understand your ability to defuse a hostile situation and build client relationships.

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Blake Morgan

Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Adaptability is a very important skill for a Trainee Solicitor. You have to get used to working with a range of people who may like work done in different ways.

Interview Advice: Relax, give concise answers, be honest.

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Bird & Bird LLP

, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Be open and honest and organic with your answers - the firm wants personalities not robots.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Intellectual Property at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Show your personality - we expect top academics, however you also need to get on within the team and people will be looking for signs (both in your application and at interview) that you are a good fit.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, IP at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Be ready to articulate what it is about our sector and client focus that appeals to you.

Interview Advice: Are there any additional sectors in which you think Simmons & Simmons is well placed to leverage its current strengths?

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, M&A at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Read any recent news stories involving the firm, many of which can be found on the website. Ensure there are no typos or grammatical errors in your application.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Take time on your application - don't simply copy and paste it but tailor it to the firm's core values which are clear from the website/other literature.

Interview Advice: Consider a lot of competency question/answers i.e. when have you worked well as a team / when have you shown leadership skills / when have you had to deal with a difficult person etc. etc. - I was asked these sorts of questions in the telephone interview and in a face to face interview.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Know your competencies and make sure you have researched the firm.

Interview Advice: Make sure you know your application form.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm better than the people that work there - do your research.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Markets Litigation at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Apply early, make sure you have great academics, extra curricular and work experience. Get involved in the things you enjoy at university and see how this applies to a working environment. Make sure your application is tailored, talk about the MBA, sector focus and anything you think sets Simmons apart (elexica or navigator).

Interview Advice: Read everything you can find on the firm (great start). Be prepared to talk about yourself, why you want to be a commercial solicitor and why you want to work at Simmons. Read up on the interview process and get practising with a friend. There are books you can buy to help you with critical reasoning tests.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: The firm has a very strong identity and culture, and puts a lot of stock in its sector focus. Applications that acknowledge this and show some character will be noticed. If you come across as a curious, well-rounded person who has an interest in the niches in which the firm operates then you will stand out.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to be yourself (but of course, do not be complacent or over-confident). Show some character and show some passion.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Ince & Co

, at Ince & Co

Application Advice: Research company before applying.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee, Tax at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, open and honest. We recruit across the spectrum and want people with varied life experiences. There is not a one size fits all approach to recruitment.

Interview Advice: Commercial awareness is about understanding your clients and the markets in which they operate. Do not respond with generic platitudes. Address the question you are asked directly and stop talking once you have finished. Avoid waffling.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Property at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Use all possible examples to demonstrate how you have developed your skills i.e. voluntary work, membership of clubs and societies, part time jobs, playing on a sports team etc.

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

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Ince & Co

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Ince & Co

Application Advice: You have to show a very specific interest in their areas of business. Because we are so niche, it is no use being generic. Show enthusiasm and a hard working ethic along with a personable character and the rest will follow.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee, Litigation at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: If you are interested in international opportunities, look somewhere else as the number of secondments have decreased drastically.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Try and showcase the more interesting and unusual aspects of your CV. There are hundreds of applicants who have studied Law or the GDL and done similar work experience and paralegal roles. Think about what makes you different from them, especially your non-legal or quasi-legal experience.

Interview Advice: If you are asked to do a role play of an interview with a client, think laterally about the information you are given.

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Bird & Bird LLP

, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, show off your personality.

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Bird & Bird LLP

, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Have a well researched and targeted application.

Interview Advice: Having confidence in yourself is probably the most important thing, as it gives you the ability to deliver really good answers to questions which cannot be anticipated.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out, everyone has a 2.1 or a first, what can you say that is interesting?

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Bird & Bird LLP

, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Apply for the vacation scheme, although Bird & Bird take on candidates from straight training contract applications you have a better chance if you are able to do the vacation scheme.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Intellectual Property at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Carry out careful research on the firm's focus: the market sectors, clients and any market developments; and be sure to have thought about the reasons why you would like to apply to Bird & Bird.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to express a point of view and to stand up for it!

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Blake Morgan

Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Try to make yourself stand out from the crowd. So many people in the market now have excellent academics and so it is the interesting or unusual facts/skills that will make you stand out and get you that interview, allowing you to shine.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Do not use generic language - ensure that the application is tailored to the firm and that it respects/applies the firm's sector focus.

Interview Advice: Relax - but prepare well. Although the interviewing partners will be friendly and try to put you at ease, their expectations are high. You will be expected to know the firm inside out and follow any pre-interview instructions/tasks to the letter.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: The obvious: really think about why Bird & Bird? It is transparent when applicants copy and paste answers from other applications. Highlight the different experiences you have and what you can bring to the firm; people who work here come from a range of backgrounds rather than just law.

Interview Advice: The interviewers are good at putting you at ease; you don't feel like you are being grilled but are just having a chat. That's not to say that they won't challenge your mind and ask your opinion on topical things in the news or otherwise; this is really to see how you respond to the challenge rather than to judge your opinion so be confident and be yourself.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee Solicitor, IP at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: You've got to show a genuine interest in the firm and the job that you will be doing. Even if this includes asking current trainees about their experiences - show you're interested. Nevertheless, 'try-hards' will not be accepted and will be seen straight through.

Interview Advice: Although you can not prepare yourself for them, get ready to be asked 'dilemma' questions that will make you think and have to show your thought process out loud e.g. ethical dilemmas that you could find in the work place or elsewhere.

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Blake Morgan

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: The most important aspect of this job is to know your clients; know their business, their key drivers and the market they operate in. Get to know what makes them tick...and then get to know them some more. It is impossible to advise in a vacuum and client's expect you to give a legally sound but also a commercially driven recommendation.

Interview Advice: Don't demonstrate "commercial awareness" by reciting recent newspaper articles. Illustrate your knowledge of the firm's clients and demonstrate an understanding of both their business model, and more importantly the firm's business model (and how these fit together).

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Shoosmiths

, at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Strong academics are of course necessary, but to show general all-roundness is crucial. Shoosmiths are a vibrant and exciting firm, you should be too!

Interview Advice: Be confident, be yourself and relax. That's Shoosmiths.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Shoosmiths

, at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Be yourself and let your personality come through in your application form and then on the assessment day.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Regulation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Try to differentiate yourself by using as many examples as possible when filling out the application form. Make sure when you are answering the competency questions that you can apply your own experience to that particular scenario.

Interview Advice: The interview I had was more of a conversation rather than a direct interview. It gave me a good opportunity to show the firm my personality. They will often follow up on questions from the application form. For example, one of the questions was to describe a successful business and why they are successful. In my interview, this was challenged by the interviewers so I had to put my arguments forward again.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Make sure you have a capacity for hard work and a genuinely international outlook.

Interview Advice: Make sure you are familiar with our Headlight strategy.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Ask yourself if you actually like law.

Interview Advice: Be able to expand and give examples.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Trainee Solicitor, at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Know your firm. Take great interest in international commercial work and placements - the firm is very keen on ensuring the candidates value the international element of the firm.

Interview Advice: Need to show international interest, your values cannot be confined to UK and/or Europe. Come well prepared and know every detail of your application form. Relax and try to enjoy yourself - the assessment day can be quite fun.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

, at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Make sure you research firms thoroughly before applying. There are some things they all want to hear, but you should be prepared to align yourselves to a firm's strengths.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Be yourself and enjoy meeting people.

Interview Advice: Competency based, but also looking for personality.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Do your research - make sure it is a firm which specialises in the type of law that you want to practice. Get as much commercial experience as possible - every little helps.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - don't lie! Ignore how others around you are interviewing, you should focus on your own interview.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee, Corporate at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, get lots of work experience for practical examples.

Interview Advice: Again, be yourself. Be friendly and relaxed.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Finance and Banking at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Be sure you want to commit - it's not for the faint-hearted!; explore the firm/environment/type of law you want to do and be ready to support your choices at interview.

Interview Advice: Why law; commercial awareness; what's happening in the legal world and wider commercial world; be confident; have a personality.

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Ashurst LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Be specific and do not rush what you write on an application form. You need to think about what the question is really asking of you and what you can demonstrate when answering it. It sounds obvious but be as natural as possible and don't be afraid to demonstrate you have other interests if appropriate.

Interview Advice: Relax.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and if possible, take the opportunity to interact with the firm i.e. by attending drinks receptions, open evenings etc. Only write answers that you are prepared to back up and discuss in detail i.e. don't write answers because you think you are saying what a law firm wants to hear. Have confidence in the career decisions you have made and present them in a positive light..

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you have thoroughly researched the firm and understand the kind of work that it does (not just personal injury). Also, understand as much about yourself, your personal motivations and your experience as you can. This will enable you to show why you match the firm's values and expectations for a trainee.

Interview Advice: Same as the above.

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Bristows LLP

Trainee Solicitor, IP Litigation at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Attend a workshop to get a feel for the people working here and to see if you'd like the atmosphere.

Interview Advice: You want to come across as confident but not full of yourself, so know how to talk about your strengths without showing off. For final interviews, think about the commercial benefits of IP.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, Litigation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm in detail and focus on commercial awareness - we are always seeking new ways to do more for our clients in an increasingly competitive market.

Interview Advice: Questions focused on my achievements, the firm, the firm's client and commercial awareness, along with an array of competency based questions; i.e. "Tell me about a time when you...?"

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and what makes it different and tailor your application accordingly. Always try to be commercially-focused. Learn about the issues affecting the legal industry as a whole.

Interview Advice: Be confident but not pushy in the group exercise. Take good notes in the partner briefing. Try to relax and be yourself in the interview.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee, at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and the kind of work we do.

Interview Advice: Be friendly and be prepared to draw on extra-curricular experience to demonstrate the qualities the firm is looking for.

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Bristows LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and have a willingness to learn new things, especially in areas outside your comfort zone/current expertise.

Interview Advice: Practice questions that you are likely to be asked so that you have a ready, natural-sounding answer.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, Fin Reg at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and its strategy thoroughly.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Law at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Law, Trainee Solicitor

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, Litigation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Attend open evenings, create a relationship with the firm and make sure you reference the people you have met in the firm.

Interview Advice: Be calm, prepare answers for general competency questions.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be commercial but also be different. It is important to stand out.

Interview Advice: Know specifics about the firm and what is going on in the business world.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Restructuring at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Know why you want to be here over anywhere else. Culture is likely to be a big part of that. Try to understand the firm's strategy and demonstrate how your values/skills will fit within the strategy.

Interview Advice: Commercial knowledge - have an opinion on Brexit! Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself when challenged.

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Bristows LLP

, at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Think really carefully about why you want to be at Bristows and express this in your application. It's a popular place and we want more than a cursory comment showing an interest in IP!

Interview Advice: The interviews are a chance for the partners/senior associates conducting them to get to know you, they work hard to put you at ease. It isn't a chance to see how you deal with stress or pressure, it's a chat. Be clear, friendly and sensible!

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Bristows LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Show that you are more than academics. Your grades will speak for themselves, so use the application form to show that you have other interests, that you are active in something and are able to take on projects of some kind or show initiative.

Interview Advice: Relax, Bristows is interested in chatting to you and finding out about you. The firm has no interest in grilling its interview candidates.

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Bristows LLP

, at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Explain your own story of how you decided on becoming a lawyer and why you want to work at Bristows - there are a lot of ways to differentiate between Bristows and other firms. Show an interest in Bristows' practice areas, particularly technology and life sciences.

Interview Advice: Be yourself in the interview and show your personality. As there are so many applicants for a limited number of places, the interview is as much about the partners trying to find a good mix of people who will get along, as well as people who will make good lawyers. The interviewers do not ask trick questions or try to intimidate you. They genuinely want to try to get to know you. They will ask situational judgement type questions to find out how you would react in workplace scenarios.

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Bristows LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Competition at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Really focus on what the firm is about. Understand the firm's culture by attending the presentations and open days/workshops so you know whether the firm is right for you.

Interview Advice: Have a great sense of commercial awareness - what is going on in the economic and legal world currently. Keep up to date with general news as well.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and be open, honest and friendly.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

, at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Focus on our key sectors such as life sciences.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Private Client at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Tailor it to the firm, a large amount of changes have been experienced in recent years. Why does this firm specifically appeal to you?

Interview Advice: Two rounds- no assessment centre. Everybody is employable on paper, show personality.What sets you apart from other candidates? What have you done to make yourself stand out in an extra curricular non-academic sense?

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Bristows LLP

Trainee, at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Don't waffle, be clear concise and think about the competencies and qualities the firm is looking for. Try wherever you can to set yourself apart by gaining/talking about relevant industry/commercial experience. If you have a point to make, make it - regardless of whether it fits neatly into one of the questions you are asked - find a way to include it, in a cover/follow-up email if necessary.

Interview Advice: Relax as much as you can and be your normal, personable self, don't try too hard to impress. Show interest in the firm and do your research but don't just regurgitate info from the website. Interest in our target sectors is always useful.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Research before making an application. Attend open days and other firm-related events. Research what you are passionate about (in the commercial sector) and ask questions to individuals to strengthen your application.

Interview Advice: Read the news - asked to complete a drafting exercise as part of the interview (think this has been taken out now, though).

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Make sure that you take time to meet people at events and take every opportunity to find out about the firm before you apply. This will help you when making applications and also enable you to ensure that the firm is a good fit for you. From the outside, firms all look very similar but there are subtle differences in the type of work, culture etc.

Interview Advice: Do your research to ensure that application forms and interview answers are bespoke and unique to the firm.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Research sectors of Firm to get better understanding of which area of law you are interested in.

Interview Advice: Understanding how Firm is structured is very helpful as most interviews are heavily focused on the sectors of the Firm.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Attention to detail and examples that set you apart.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: I would recommend knowing AG and its strategy in as much detail as possible. Be aware of and be able to discuss the firm's sector approach, its practice divisions and clients. Research the ways AG is one step ahead of its competitors and any recent deals the firm has been involved in (both large and small).

Interview Advice: Be yourself! Everyone at AG are individuals with their individual traits and characteristics. Don't pretend to be someone or something you are not, as the interviewer will see through this. AG embraces diversity, so feel confident to be yourself. When you are discussing any commercial topics at an assessment centre, always think: one, how does this issue impact upon AG as a firm, and two, how does this impact upon AG's clients?

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, Construction at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Commercial knowledge is key.

Interview Advice: Know about the firm.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be clear and concise with your answers but get your point across. It is much more impressive to see someone say exactly what they need to and then stop. Extra words don't help.

Interview Advice: Know the firm and its strategy for the future but also how you would fit into that and why you would help the firm move forward.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be succinct, answer the question properly and always sense and spell check your application.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, think of some questions for the interviewers and have in mind a few deals done by the firm which you found interesting and can talk about confidently.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Really make sure they research the firm and know why they want to work for Penningtons Manches.

Interview Advice: Research the interviewers.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Be sure that you want to work in this area. Many people believe commercial/corporate work is for them without having experienced it. Be sure to get on open days and get work experience to know that this is the sector for you - it's very different to a high street firm, or criminal/family practices.

Interview Advice: Know why you want to work at this particular firm. Do NOT go in with a blanket approach, it sticks out more than you probably realise. Some consider telephone interviews to be less intense and difficult than face to face interviews. Prepare for telephone/video interviews as you would if you were going into the office.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Social Housing Finance at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Fully research the firm's culture and clients.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, they can tell if you are not and at that point they are looking as much at the person as at the qualifications.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Banking/Construction at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Be yourself and show your personality (as much as you can!) on your form. Mishcon are interested in interesting people, who have passions outside of the law.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to defend your views and have an opinion.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Trainees tend to have big personalities. Boring, corporatey application forms will get you nowhere. Throw a joke or a zany comment in. Don't be afraid to emphasise any commercial experience you have. It doesn't matter if it isn't legal. Any previous job you have had would have given you insight on how a business is run or how you think it could be more efficient etc. It's these type of perceptions they want you to be able to demonstrate.

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Check, check and check again! Ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors which make your application a sure fire hit for the bin. Incorporate your experiences into your application. Mishcon are looking for commercially minded, intelligent, interesting and interested candidates. Try and ensure that your application reflects this.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and know what makes Mishcon "Mishcon".

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Ashurst LLP

, at Ashurst LLP

Application Advice: Show your commitment and interest in an international environment. Be specific and always give examples in applications.

Interview Advice: Maintain a good balance between being relaxed and showing your passion. Think of a question to ask at the end. Read the City A.M. or Financial Times for at least a week before the interview.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Associate, at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Interview Advice: Know about Private Equity and don't come across as over confident.

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Reed Smith

, at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Why Reed Smith in particular? Know recent matters Reed Smith were instructed on.

Interview Advice: Be a team player.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith

Application Advice: They should persevere in applying and they should try to get as much experience of law and the firm as possible, even if it is just open days or shadowing.

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Reed Smith

, Insolvency at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Know the firm, know its clients.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Associate, Finance at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: There are similar law firms who will pay you more and give you better hours.

Interview Advice: First round is telephone interview. In the second interview, be confident.

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Reed Smith

, Competition at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Be honest, be professional and do not write using words you think they would like to hear; plain English is always best. Research thoroughly but don't pretend you know more about the clients than the firm does, talk about WHY you are interested in working in those departments for those clients.

Interview Advice: Even when you are asked to give only one example, be prepared with a couple of backups (for teamwork, leadership etc.) because you might be asked for at least one more example. Smile, be friendly, and develop a rapport with your interviewers.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Associate, Business, Finance & Restructuring at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Understand the firm and its place in the market, how it differentiates from competitors.

Interview Advice: Be honest and confident.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Interview Advice: Have some commercial awareness - you may get asked a business question relating to a specific scenario and you need to be aware of what the best outcomes for your client would be.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Do it early and make sure you understand that you apply for either a Personal Legal Services TC or a Business Legal Services TC at the beginning of the application process.

Interview Advice: Be confident to talk about you and what you have achieved but be able to relate this to why you have decided to apply to Irwin Mitchell and what your experience and skills will bring to Irwin Mitchell and their clients.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Do your research and make your sure your application is tailored to Mills & Reeve. Try to find something about yourself that is different to what everyone else is saying and apply it to what the company does.

Interview Advice: Make sure you get fully involved in the assessment day and show what you can do. The interviews are not too scripted and are more about the interviewer having a chat with you, so have something interesting to talk about. Also make sure you're up to date with the news/politics, as they may throw the odd topical discussion at you.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be honest and don't exaggerate as you may be questioned on it in your interview.

Interview Advice: Try to give different examples and answers to questions than you have given in your application form.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Associate, Structured Finance at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Interview Advice: Think of questions for the firm.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Associate, Structured Finance at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Be very commercially aware.

Interview Advice: You are likely to be asked about Private Equity and about the future of the legal profession in general.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Solicitor, IP at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Learn about how the private equity industry works.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to talk about a current deal that interests you.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm that you want to apply to and make sure that law is the right career for you. Many people get an impression as to what law might be like at university and the GDL, but practical law is a very different thing.

Interview Advice: Prepare, prepare, prepare! The firms is focused on its core values and wants to see applicants that embody them.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Show enthusiasm for the firm as a whole. One of the greatest aspects of working here is the social responsibility and diversity of work. It was a huge draw for me and I didn't even appreciate how important it is until I started working here. There are tons of opportunities to contribute once you start, so make sure you show your willingness to do so.

Interview Advice: There was some good cop/bad cop type interview techniques, but just make sure to keep your cool and address each question individually.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, research the firm well, know why you want this particular firm.

Interview Advice: Be friendly - they are looking for people who will fit with the culture and ethos of the firm.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal legal services (Family Law) at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, the legal profession is intense, with long hours and intellectual demands. If you aren't yourself you'll be miserable. If you find a firm which accepts you as a person and on a personal level run with it - it's a great career.

Interview Advice: Be passionate and question your interviewer. If you want to say something to counter act what they have said do so but be prepared to debate.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Corporate Secretariat Associate, Corporate Secretariat at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Make sure you say how you demonstrate the four GSK values.

Interview Advice: Make sure you say how you demonstrate the four GSK values and are able to work well within a team.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Irwin Mitchell is a pioneering and unique law firm and I would encourage all applicants to research the company thoroughly and to identify initiatives that they can relate to. This will show dedication to the firm and will also provide an insight into your interests.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and have multiple scenarios question answers ready.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be sure that this is definitely the career for you and be able to explain why. If possible, try to get some work experience at the firm before applying for the Training Contract.

Interview Advice: Research the firm well and be sure that you can comfortably answer common questions e.g. why do you want to work here, why do you want to work in this particular area of law, discuss one of our recently publicised cases. Firms want to see that you genuinely want to work there and so you need to be able to explain why. Although try not to appear too scripted like you have just learnt exactly what is on the firm's website.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Research what the firm does and any recent examples of its work in the news. Also, make sure that your personality shines through in your application and any interviews that you have. That will set you apart from other applicants.

Interview Advice: Why do you want to be a lawyer? Why do you want to join Irwin Mitchell? What could you bring to Irwin Mitchell?

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee, PI at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Sell yourself - don't be shy! Show us how you are perfect for the job. Make us want you!

Interview Advice: Preparation is key!

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and work on commercial awareness.

Interview Advice: Keep up to date with recent news and commercial issues so you feel relaxed about them if asked at interview.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Tailor your application so that it highlights your skills applicable to the firm's main practice areas.

Interview Advice: Understand the firm's business development moves over the year before you apply.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, BLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Ensure that you do something to stand out such as working with charities or businesses to develop and assist them in their growth.

Interview Advice: Think of examples of where you have demonstrated team building skills, something you could improve on but turn it into a positive.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be concise

Interview Advice: Be concise and have examples to strengthen points.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Clinical Negligence at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: - Think clearly about the type of work that Irwin Mitchell offers and whether you are more suited to PLS or BLS work. - Be open to the idea of doing paralegal work, it is a good way to get into the firm and prepares you well for a training contract. -

Interview Advice: - Make sure that you are comfortable with the video interview process - maybe practice first!

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Disputes at Mills & Reeve LLP

Interview Advice: Be friendly, approachable and ambitious.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Make sure you know about the company that you are applying to and why you want to work there.

Interview Advice: Do your research into the company and make sure that you know what is going on in the sectors that they work in.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Understand and convey why the firm would be a good fit for you as much as why you would be a good fit for it.

Interview Advice: Do your research on the firm, it's strength/weaknesses, and be ready to express your opinion on any of it. Relax and have some humour.

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BT (British Telecom)

Trainee Solicitor, at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Make sure you are familiar with BT's values and link these to your achievements and experiences. Tailor your application to BT and the role you are applying for. I would also advise that you show a good sense of commercial awareness.

Interview Advice: Come prepared for both the interview and the assessment centre. Make sure you learn as much about BT as possible by looking at our website and any recent news. Go over BT's values again and keep demonstrating how you can contribute to these. As hard as it is, try and relax and remember they are not trying to catch you out- if you do not know something, then just be honest!

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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!

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Property at Nabarro

Application Advice: No spelling mistakes or grammatical errors- this can be fatal.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have a great answer nailed down to why you want to be a solicitor.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

, at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Infrastructure Funds at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Investment Funds at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Law at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Energy at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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?

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP

Application Advice: Talk to as many people within the sector as possible.

Interview Advice: Be honest.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

, at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Have an international outlook and a willingness to complete an international secondment. Be well-rounded with an enthusiasm to learn, an interest in the work you are doing but with the ability to socialise and get on with your team.

Interview Advice: Commercial awareness is key. They just want to see how you think so it does not matter if you have not thought about an issue before, as long as you can think about it coherently then. Relevant work experience is something to bring about and make sure you can communicate what you have learnt from your experience effectively.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance Disputes at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm in sufficient detail and give firm specific answers to questions on the application form.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Understand the firm's international strategy and industry focus.

Interview Advice: Know what differentiates the firm from its competitors.

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself in the interview and show your interests and passions outside of law.

Interview Advice: Do not try and be a legal machine, they look for personality and whether they would want to share a room with you.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee solicitor, Commercial at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Try to use as wide a range of examples as possible when demonstrating your skills.

Interview Advice: Honesty is the best policy - partners don't like people trying to be something they're not.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Always check for tiny errors as these may cause your application to be discarded due to fierce competition. Try to make yourself stand out.

Interview Advice: Be confident but not arrogant. Engage the interviewer in a conversation rather than simply answering a string of questions. In the group session of the assessment day, balance your own contributions with your encouragement to others for theirs.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm. generic answers will not get you very far. You don't have to know where you want to qualify, but know why you've applied! Also, the Vac Scheme is a very good method of applying and experiencing the firm simultaneously.

Interview Advice: It was a relaxed atmosphere while we discussed my application and a few relevant topics in the news.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and try and demonstrate the key qualities which the firm looks for in their applicants; a well rounded individual who is willing to learn and will fit into the culture of the firm.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Don't leave submission of applications to the last minute. Tailor the answers to the firm and don't use generic answers.

Interview Advice: Make sure you are able to show a commitment to the area in which the office you are applying for is located. It is a regional firm and it is important to show you want to stay in the area even once your TC is over. Remember that it is not an international firm. Clients are local and there aren't too many plans to extend the firm's international reach. The interview is very much about getting to know you as a person. They want to see that you are enthusiastic about the career but also an interesting well rounded individual with other hobbies.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Read up on the things the firm knows it is good at - for instance its expertise in education and health.

Interview Advice: Bear in mind that there is a group session as well as the interview - it is difficult to prepare for this but it is a good chance to demonstrate your abilities to work with others and present your ideas in front of a group.

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BT (British Telecom)

Trainee, at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Research the company values.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

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BT (British Telecom)

Legal Graduate/Trainee Solicitor, at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Be yourself, genuine and include examples which back-up your passion for both business and the law.

Interview Advice: Try and pre-empt the questions so you can prepare your answers, e.g. how would you manage your work load alongside your university work? Or can you give an example of when you worked with someone with a different background and if you came across any challenges.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Solicitor, at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Prepare and be yourself. Get to know the firm as much as you can - what they focus on, perhaps even the history and how it may have influenced the firm culture.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself. The questions were not tricky at all - just walking through the CV, checking motivations and a small amount about the work that is done here.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee, Corporate at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: It helps if you've got connections to the office/city you're applying to, but that's by no means determinative. Be open, honest, approachable and friendly. Speaking another language is really useful.

Interview Advice: Unlike lots of law firms I wasn't asked my opinion on big commercial issues of the day, but I was quizzed on why I'd chosen to take certain steps in my education e.g. why I chose A-Levels instead of the IB, or why I chose to study law, and why I chose the university I did etc.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: It is important to have fully researched the firm including understanding the type of work the firm does, its key sectors and the type of clients the firm attracts. Having a general understanding of commercial awareness and keeping abreast of developments in the business and legal sector is very valuable. The firm embraces trainees from a variety of backgrounds and routes into law but each trainee has something which sets them apart from the crowd. Make sure you emphasise and have good examples of what makes you different from other applicants. Getting involved in extra-curricular activities is a good way of demonstrating this and is encouraged by the firm when you begin your training contract. Be confident in your ability and make sure you fully understand why you have chosen to apply to Mills & Reeve.

Interview Advice: The interview comprised of attending a half day assessment day which involved completing competency tests (I think candidates now complete these prior to attending the assessment day), participating in a group exercise and having an interview with a partner. The day ended with a tour of the office. Be well prepared and make sure you know your application inside out and are aware of latest developments/key deals the firm has been involved in. Be friendly, honest, enthusiastic and most importantly be yourself.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, various at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Being the right sort of person for M&R does not just require you to know the firm well, but also requires you to know the various clients, the sectors the firm specialises in and perhaps most importantly, the geographical area in which the office you are applying to is situated. M&R does not recruit graduates in London and most people want to work at a particular office because they have ties to that particular region/city.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to talk about other firms you have applied to and why you have applied to them.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and be enthusiastic about the role. Make sure that you know your application form inside out so that you're ready to answer any questions which may be asked.

Interview Advice: Mills & Reeve take a very relaxed approach to interviews. They generally last for around 45 minutes and there's a focus on getting to know you as a person. Your interviewer will try to get you talking about something which interests you. They're looking to see if you'll fit into the team and whether they will want to work with you in the future.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee, Corporate Law Firm at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Apply for the vacation scheme before the 31 January deadline. This is an incredible experience and great insight into the firm and role. The firm often chooses their trainees from the participants of the vacation scheme, it is an excellent time to shine.

Interview Advice: Research the firm and any service lines that are of particular interest to you. At the end of the day be yourself, Mills & Reeve is interested in smart, proactive and genuine applicants.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Apply for the vacation scheme - the majority of trainees were recruited following two weeks experience rather than by the assessment day.

Interview Advice: Don't come across too confident at the assessment day, especially during the group task. Don't talk over people, give everyone a chance to speak. The firm don't like people with too big an ego!

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Show commitment to the law and inter-personal skills.

Interview Advice: Questions relating to commercial awareness of financial climate and dedication and ties to the local area.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm.

Interview Advice: Find out who is interviewing you.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, this isn't a place for arrogant know it alls.

Interview Advice: Practice competency questions in advance, use the STAR technique.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Highlight your commercial awareness - it's my top tip for applying to any training contract. Research the firm thoroughly - we take our sector focus seriously, so being able to speak about why that aligns with your interests will go a long way in your application/interview.

Interview Advice: The interview process has changed since I applied, but I understand that it now consists of a document exercise and a competency interview straight after. I would recommend knowing your CV very well but also thinking of alternative examples from your experience to use (as they often ask you to give an example that's not on your CV!) for the competency interview.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Ensure that you are interested in the sectors that the firm focuses on.

Interview Advice: Be calm, review the document on a high-level basis and just note the key points. Treat the interview like a conversation and be yourself.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Trainee, Disputes at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: Research the firm and its focus areas carefully and be able to show a real interest in the work.

Interview Advice: Try not to be too quiet during the group exercise but also not too bossy.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Be very truthful to who you are when you apply, within reason. Establish yourself in a working-life context and find out what that part of your identity is before you make an application to see if the firm is a good fit for you. If you are straight out of university, or still in university, then try and work someplace for a while to find out what fits best. Don't do it for the paycheck, do it for the experience.

Interview Advice: Be thoroughly prepared. Don't obsess over first impressions or presentation; be more concerned about intrinsically being ready to the core to answer questions about who you are, how you came to be where you are, why you want to work at the firm and what you are going to bring to the table. Try and obtain legal experience in conducting document analysis and team challenges. Attend open days and/or vacation scheme if you can. If you really want to get in here, apply to a few other places that you can 'burn' to build experience prior to your interview.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Focus on your extra-curricular activities and what makes you different from everyone else with a 2:1 from a good university.

Interview Advice: Relax. Ask questions about their work, be interested and be willing to enter into a conversation rather than just a back and forth of questions and answers.

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Show why you want to join the firm by talking specifically about what the firm does that interests you.

Interview Advice: Do your research, be confident in your answers and be prepared to give an opinion and make sure you can justify your statements.

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Nabarro

Trainee, Corporate at Nabarro

Application Advice: Obviously getting good grades is important, but having a life outside of studying is vital too. Make sure you make the most of all your experiences in your applications and emphasise how they have developed you. Vapidly saying "I'm a team player" isn't impressive - use examples to back up your statements.

Interview Advice: Sell yourself. It isn't always easy (the balance between self promotion and narcissism can be a tricky one!) but you need to promote yourself - why should anyone else?

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee solicitor, Intellectual Property at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Make sure your application is tailored specifically to Taylor Wessing and not a whole group of law firms.

Interview Advice: Have something interesting and original to say about yourself, not just the usual stuff that all law applicants will have.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Finance at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Try to pick out at least one thing that makes the firm stand out from its competitors and be prepared to speak about this at length with reference to cases/deals that the firm has worked on.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Construction & Engineering at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: - Show a genuine passion for the firm and what makes it different compared to its competitors. - Appreciate the direction the firm is heading, particularly with the industries of tomorrow. - Demonstrate your ability to speak like a "normal" person. The

Interview Advice: - Relax. The interview is not a horrible experience. Try and enjoy it and be natural. - Demonstrate commercial awareness and an understanding of the legal market. - Ask questions about the firm - and not just obvious clichéd questions.

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Reed Smith

Trainee, Corporate at Reed Smith

Application Advice: To really understand the role of a solicitor. The TV show 'Suits' is completely different to reality.

Interview Advice: Smile, look confident and enthusiastic.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Construction at Nabarro

Application Advice: Try to stand out from the crowd and be unique. Don't focus on your academics too much, try to come across like someone that would fit in well in a friendly office environment.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest. Try to relate everything you say back to an example or experience that you have engaged in, so that the interviewer has something interesting to listen to!

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Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

, at Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Application Advice: Ensure you know what type of firm you want to work for. It is difficult to find a lot of information on MoFo, so you will stand out if you know a bit about the London office.

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Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Trainee, Various at Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself in interview. MoFo pride sociability and humour as much as intelligence.

Interview Advice: Make sure you're clear about what practice areas the LONDON office has - do not presume that the London office echoes the US office in everything!

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Solicitor, Structured Financce at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Research the firm's practice areas. Make sure you know why you think Weil is right for you. Gain a basic understanding of Private Equity.

Interview Advice: Make sure you can comprehensively differentiate Weil from its competitors in London.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Property Dispute Resolution at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Be yourself. If you don't fit with the culture of the firm then it's not meant to be.

Interview Advice: Have lots of examples of your soft skills i.e. team working.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory and Environment at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Do not put on a front or try to be too assertive. Be yourself and treat everyone you meet with respect, even if they are your competitors for the role.

Interview Advice: Know your application form well and be able to discuss and defend what you have written on it.

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Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate/Litigation/Technology at Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Application Advice: Do your homework! Be sure why you want to apply here and what sets the firm apart. Personality is also key - we look for people who fit in with our office culture, as well as strong academics and commercial aptitude.

Interview Advice: Don't be over-prepared - we will always try to take you off-script if you come across rehearsed.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Know the firm, know exactly why it is that you want to work here and make those reasons clear, but also state why those reasons that attract you to the firm are important to you. 'I want to work for Weil because its a top PE firm'. Okay great, but why do YOU care that it is a top PE firm? Be frank about why you want to be a lawyer, help the reader see your journey to that decision. Have interesting extra-curricular activities that will make you stand out. Say something personal about yourself, that will make graduate recruitment want to meet you.

Interview Advice: You will always be asked about PE, so make sure that you have a very strong understanding of the mechanics of PE and also why you are interested in it. Understand what exactly it is about Weil that makes you want to come here, what sets it apart from all its other competitors. Always have well thought out questions to ask the interviewer in the end, preferably something about themselves (everyone loves to talk about themselves). Make sure that you read your application form again and you have answers for anything they might ask you based on that, especially if there is something exceptionally good or bad on your form.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at Nabarro

Application Advice: Think about the questions and answer them thoroughly, especially the question about why you want to work for Nabarro.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Nabarro likes individuality.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Associate, at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Understand the firm, it's place in the legal market. Show firstly that you are interested in a career in law, but mostly that it is this firm in particular that interests you.

Interview Advice: Interviews are transparent, no curveballs etc. Show interest, professionalism, knowledge of the firm/industry.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Application Advice: Research the firm properly and gain a good understanding of private equity.

Interview Advice: You'll need to demonstrate that you are committed to working for the firm and that your application is genuine, so you will be asked to explain why the firm stands out from its competitors. You will almost certainly be asked to explain what you know/understand about private equity.

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Dechert LLP

Trainee, Employment at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Do your research about the firm and areas you are interested in finding more about. It is always better to have a question to ask about a deal or case than not asking any questions at all.

Interview Advice: Be more than just a prospective lawyer- show your personal interests.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee, Finance at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Take your time with your application.

Interview Advice: Commercial awareness.

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Nabarro

Trainee solicitor, Funds and Indirect Real Estate at Nabarro

Application Advice: Do your research on the strategies and culture of the firms you are applying for, to make sure you are applying to a firm that suits you.

Interview Advice: The interview process for me was relatively informal. It will help you relax and be yourself, so be confident, relax and be honest with your answers.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Nabarro

Application Advice: Apply for a vacation scheme.

Interview Advice: My experience was that the vacation scheme interview was mainly based on my application and the training contract interview. At the end of the vacation scheme, was mainly based on questions about what I had done over the 3 week scheme.

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Dechert LLP

, at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Be prepared to justify why you are applying to this particular firm and how it fits in with your overall application strategy.

Interview Advice: Keep yourself generally commercially aware beforehand in case it is worked into a question. Try to be relaxed and engage in the conversation rather than abruptly answering the questions.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Competition Law at Nabarro

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Interview Advice: Know the firm, know the industry, know the clients. Think how your experience would help you fit in and also do a good job.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Nabarro

Application Advice: Get experience and do extra curricular activities beforehand and use it to support your application. Know the firm and why you want to work for them specifically.

Interview Advice: Reread your application form beforehand, as it's based on that largely. And why law etc.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, at Nabarro

Application Advice: Don't forget the obvious - make sure your application is tailored and be clear why you want to apply to a mid-sized firm such as Nabarro. Show an awareness of firm strategy. Nabarro is keen to recruit a variety of people, so make sure you draw on all experience, however insignificant you think it is.

Interview Advice: Remember the interviewers, however senior, are human! If it feels like it's a friendly conversation, it's probably going well.

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Firms are not the same. Thoroughly research what Dechert does differently, be enthusiastic and appreciate what a smaller intake involves.

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Be open and yourself.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, confident and articulate.

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Nabarro

Trainee, at Nabarro

Application Advice: Be honest and open.

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Nabarro

, at Nabarro

Application Advice: I attended Nabarro events, spoke to current Nabarro employees and then mentioned them and how they had inspired/influenced me with what they had said, in my application. I think it's good to personalise applications in this way.

Interview Advice: Be yourself Smile

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Nabarro

, at Nabarro

Application Advice: Use each question to make your application stand out - don't submit ordinary answers!

Interview Advice: Be yourself - it's as much about personality as it is academics.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Planning and Environment at Nabarro

Application Advice: Know the firm and be yourself.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - law firms need both outgoing extroverts and more reflective people. Neither one is a disadvantage and pretending to be something you're not won't get you very far.

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Nabarro

Trainee, Corporate at Nabarro

Application Advice: Prepare! Know about the firm and what we do and show an interest.

Interview Advice: Prepare!

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Funds and Indirect Real Estate at Nabarro

Application Advice: Do your research! Make sure you have a genuine interest for the firm and the services we provide to our clients.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be friendly, make sure you talk to everyone, be prepared to work well both collaboratively and individually.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee (legal area varies) at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Do your research and cite firm-specific facts in some of your responses, where applicable.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. While providing legally sound responses, do not overlook the commercial considerations of any hypothetical problem that you are set. Sometimes the more commercial response is better than proposing to take legal action.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Nabarro

Application Advice: They're looking for friendly people - you don't need to reinvent the wheel, just be a solid candidate.

Interview Advice: It's important to build a rapport.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Do your research on the firm and explain in your application why you are suited to being a trainee at Reed Smith.

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Reed Smith

, at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Consider what skills/strengths you possess and how these can contribute to the business of a firm like Reed Smith?

Interview Advice: Visualise what the work of a trainee solicitor/associate entails. Think about the day-to-day tasks that can be involved to ensure you have a complete picture of the industry you are applying for.

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Reed Smith

, at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Research the firm thoroughly and tailor your application to the firm.

Interview Advice: Be confident and be yourself, know your CV before you attend and pay close attention to detail on any written exercise.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

, at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and let your personality shine through. Of course, do your research and understand the business/clients/sectors.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Explain why specifically you wish to apply to the firm.

Interview Advice: I was asked why I wanted to pursue a career in law and also at an international city law firm.

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Reed Smith

Trainee, Commodities Financial Regulation at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Attend an open day beforehand to contextualise your application.

Interview Advice: Show your personality. People are looking for candidates who they can work with.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Energy & Natural Resources at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Take time to look at recent cases/transactions handled by the firm to get a good insight into the types of work and clients that we deal with. Keep your paper application specific, concise and structured. It should be obvious to the reader that your answers relate directly to Reed Smith LLP as opposed to any firm.

Interview Advice: Make sure you identify the key competencies that Reed Smith LLP is looking for in potential candidates, and think about how your achievements and experiences align with those competencies. Demonstrating a genuine enthusiasm for Reed Smith LLP's core industries is also a good idea.

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Reed Smith

, at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Ensure you have got some relevant experience (professional and/or legal) to demonstrate commitment to the legal profession and interest in areas/industries RS works in/with.

Interview Advice: Be nice and be yourself.

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Reed Smith

Trainee, Shipping at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Make sure you highlight what makes you stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: Stay up to date with the financial press and follow the progress of any stories you are interested in. Do your homework on the firm and its clients.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Be honest and clear as to why a career in the City is of interest to you. Check for errors and re-read the application several times before submitting it!

Interview Advice: Be as relaxed as possible, whilst still maintaining a level of professionalism. Be open and friendly and also be enthusiastic.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Be proactive, enthusiastic and be open to all feedback.

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Thoroughly research the practice areas of the firm and have a general understanding of their client base, as well as a grasp of the current business climate.

Interview Advice: The interviews are very much common sense based. The firm is looking for people who can think logically and practically and sometimes out of the box.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Tailor application to requirements of the firm.

Interview Advice: Do research on the firm and the work it has done recently.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee, at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Taylor Wessing has some unique practice areas in relation to other city law firms and a focus and enthusiasm for these will help.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Property at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Get as much experience as you can - whether that is having a part time job or actually working at a law firm! Working in any company can make you 'commercially aware'. Also make sure you tailor the application to the firm - use the buzzwords they have on the website and make sure you know about their values and mission for the future.

Interview Advice: Competency based, questions about why law and why this kind of law firm.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Make sure your application is perfect and that you know what the firm does and what qualities it needs in candidates inside out.

Interview Advice: Keep calm and try and be as logical as you can in your response, even if you don't know the answer. Don't get flustered.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Do lots of research from a variety of sources and make sure your answers are tailored specifically to Taylor Wessing.

Interview Advice: There were no odd questions, and the interviewers really did make sure I felt comfortable and was able to do my best. Rather than read a list of set questions from a sheet and scribble down my answers in order to compare me to other candidates who were asked identical questions, the interview flows in the direction your answers lead and really felt more like an enjoyable conversation. With this in mind, it's up to you to make sure you bring up everything you want to talk about!

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Understand why the firm is different and explain why that appeals to you.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to state positions and justify responses to questions when challenged.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Think carefully about why you would like to work at a full-service, international firm. The firm works with a lot of technology-focused clients, but as a lawyer this means much more than working in intellectual property. Make sure you can express this in your application.

Interview Advice: Know your application back to front and have a few extra examples beyond what you put on your form.

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Various at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Be honest about what you want Don't be shy about selling your strengths

Interview Advice: Stay calm Have a point of view where possible

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Dechert LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Rotation at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Candidates should be able to show that they are a team player and can think commercially.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Attention to detail and don't just use the same application for all firms, it is really obvious when you do.

Interview Advice: Try and take a longer term approach to your "special interest topic", if it is something you just read in the FT the morning of your interview you are unlikely to have any interesting and fully formed views on the matter.

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Dechert LLP

, at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: All experience, both legal and non-legal is important.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - they are looking for someone who will work well with people.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Competition Law at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Research the firm thoroughly, speak to the trainees within the firm, attend events which Reed Smith hosts. The better insight into to the firm you get, the better chance you have of making your application stand out.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, show that you have a passion, be creative and interesting, and foremost confident. The firm is interested in the potential of the candidates and you are not expected to be a "finished" product when you join.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: If you have the chance, visit the firm, either at a law event or an open day. This is the best way to get a real feel for the firm. The things you learn on this day will help your application stand out.

Interview Advice: Try to remember that the interviewers are trying to get the best out of you - there are no trick questions. They want you to be honest to see if you are the right fit for the firm. Make sure you have brushed up on the important developments in law and know why you want to come to the firm.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Disputes and Investigations at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Do your research to work out what interests you, and let that lead your application. This can involve reading the firm's website, reading student guides for legal jobs, doing a vacation scheme or talking to a trainee (or qualified lawyer) at a recruitment event or through a friend.

Interview Advice: If you can develop a clear, positive and honest answer to why you would like the job then you are half way there. But that can be a lot harder than it sounds, so put the time in.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Be prepared for long hours but exciting work.

Interview Advice: Research the firm and don't give stock answers . Be familiar with workings of the City and global affairs.

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Linklaters LLP

Solicitor, Capital Markets at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Give due consideration as to why a magic circle firm is a suitable choice for you. What are your interests? Where do you see your career going? If in law for the long term, which area of law do you want to work in? What are your expectations in terms of work/life balance?

Interview Advice: Research and preparation are key to success in an interview. Ensure you're across: (a) a few key news stories reported by the FT (or a similar news provider); (b) news about the firm to which you're applying; (c) some recent important deals/matters the firm has worked on; (d) an idea of where you might like to go, and why; and (e) some well-considered (and genuine) questions about the firm.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate / Investment Funds at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Spend more time than you think you need and really try to perfect each section; revise multiple times; get another perspective.

Interview Advice: Project confidence and positive attitude; be well informed of the sector, the firm and current developments, ask relevant questions.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: The best research is done first hand, by speaking to people who work at the firm you are applying to - only then can you truly decide whether the place/role is for you. The work can be challenging and neither you, nor the firm, will gain from having a disenchanted workforce.

Interview Advice: Commercial awareness means being able to (and understand how to) service your clients. It does not mean reading the FT cover to cover. The best approach is to follow a story for a sustained period of time - from articles you will discover more about the sector/industry, what the companies involved are looking for, etc. Don't be afraid to say "I don't know the answer". Ideally, follow this up with a hypothesis/analysis that shows how you would approach answering the question.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Patents at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Only apply for the firms you really want to work for but make sure that you spend lots of time making those few applications perfect.

Interview Advice: Make sure your personality shines through as the firm will be looking for a colleague who meets the intellectual requirements, as well as someone they want to work with everyday.

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Linklaters LLP

Legal Advisor, Four teams at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Why Linklaters LLP?

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Take a lot of care with your application and make sure you strictly adhere to word limits, etc. Be very specific about your examples.

Interview Advice: Prepare to answer a lot of commercial awareness questions and know what are challenges/opportunities for the industry at the moment.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Extremely competitive, so do apply, but don't be discouraged by a lack of positive response (as with the entire sector). Vacation schemes are incredibly important to secure the training contract.

Interview Advice: Mixture of HR interview, case study and chat with a partner.

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Linklaters LLP

Legal Advisor, FRG at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out.

Interview Advice: Appear confident.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Ensure you have completed a significant amount of commercial awareness reading before entering into the application process.

Interview Advice: As above. Also be yourself! Everybody is different and the recruiting partners appreciate this.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Think about how law fits within the wider sphere of commerce. If a candidate can come to understand what a corporate lawyer's role is with potential clients, this comes across well in interviews and demonstrates commercial awareness. I would just reading (non-legal) news stories and trying to work out how a firm like Linklaters may have been involved and what areas they may have advised on.

Interview Advice: The academic background of a candidate is often irrelevant. A role as junior lawyer requires many skills which you may have developed through previous work experience/extra-curricular activities such as teamwork, leadership, communication skills etc. Make you think about these carefully before interview and prepare thoughtful examples.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Have your application reviewed and checked by someone else for spelling mistakes. Ensure you cover non-academic as well as academic achievements.

Interview Advice: Focus on 'commercial awareness' and business related news, and think about how such things would impact both the firm and it's clients.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Read the FT 2 to 4 times a week.

Interview Advice: Smile, and be enthusiastic.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Demonstrate a knowledge of business, finance and the global economy generally.

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Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you are committed to pursuing a training contract and you aren't just applying to a magic circle law firm as a lark.

Interview Advice: Give honest answers. Prep for the interview thoroughly so that you can ace the expected questions, but don't try and fluff the unexpected questions by saying what you think they want to hear.

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Linklaters LLP

Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Put some thought into it

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Structured Finance Group at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: When applying for a job in commercial law at a large firm, it is important to show an ability to effectively analyse complex and novel situations with a common sense and commercially-driven approach.

Interview Advice: Be confident and assertive with your answers.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Do you research, try and stand out from the crowd. Understand the firm and the City (and wider global economy).

Interview Advice: Make sure you know a share sale from a business sale.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Be ready to think and work hard.

Interview Advice: Understand how businesses work.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Show an interest in the firm/what distinguishes it from its competitors, show an interest in the law and a willingness to learn.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Research the company well and say what makes Linklaters different to other Magic Circle firms. Be punchy.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to back up your application form with plenty of additional material.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: - proof read your application very carefully - tailor your application to Linklaters specifically - make your application up to date e.g. include references to current affairs/the current climate where possible to demonstrate commercial awareness.

Interview Advice: #NAME?

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Don't self select that you won't get a role. Send in an application because if you're not in, you won't win.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic, show a global mind-set and be commercially aware.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Really show in your application what makes the firm different to the other magic circle firm and why you have applied to Linklaters. For example it is not enough to simple say that I wanted to work at an international firm you should be specific about why this particular international firm.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the interview and think about the types of questions you will likely be asked. Brush up on your application in particular the reason why you are applying to Linklaters and what sort of firm you are looking for.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking/Finance at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Application - you may have heard this already, your application has to be spotless and really tailored to the firm, also make sure your application answers the questions asked fully; Experience - having some recent working experience in another law firm (or in the more wider legal environment) or in the commercial world does help;

Interview Advice: Prepare for a fun, yet challenging day at the firm, have a few current affairs subjects ready to talk about (and if you mentioned an area of interest in your application please make sure you can answer a few questions on the subject).

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Linklaters LLP

Legal Advisor, Corporate / Derivatives at Linklaters LLP

Interview Advice: Commercial awareness

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Regulation Group at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Show a genuine commitment to this lifestyle and this type of work. Set yourself apart by presenting anything that makes you different and can be shown to be relevant to the Firm. Fit any skills you have into the working of the Firm to show that you have read marketing material and are aware of the Firm's objectives and ethos. Probably not worth applying unless you are on track for a 2:1 or 1st. The University you study at is less relevant than you might think, though a large proportion of the cohort is still Oxbridge. Due to the international nature of the firm, languages are particularly prized and grants are given to further your fluency. Commercial awareness is understanding how the business world all works practically together in unison (e.g. how falling oil prices have a knock on effect etc.) and how it will impact clients.

Interview Advice: Confidence but never arrogance, no need present a false version of yourself as the grad recruitment team will see through it instantly. Study body language techniques to make your presence memorable. Dress code is business smart, there is no need for flamboyances.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee solicitor, Litigation at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Tough hours, but very interesting work.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Make sure there are no silly errors in your application (i.e. spelling, grammar, etc).

Interview Advice: Make sure you are up to speed on both the latest developments of the firm (know their strategy, points of focus, etc.) and, in particular, current events in the business world and beyond.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm prior to applying, know which departments you are interested in ahead of time (even if you change your mind later on) and avoid typos.

Interview Advice: Come in knowing about the firm and willing to talk about current events.

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Think hard if you really want to practice law as a solicitor.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, the firm sees hundreds of applications and so in order for yours to stand out your personality has to shine through. Also, research the firm, we are big on sectors and values so focus on those and DWF Foundation charity in application.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have a good general commercial awareness knowledge. You will be asked a few commercial competency questions like name a business that has experience difficulty and tell me why and how you could fix it. Again, try and use personal experience to answer questions rather than giving generic answers anyone could have. Above all though make sure you have a good understanding of the firm and can explain why you want to work specifically at this firm.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee, Property at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Outgoing and communication skills.

Interview Advice: Confidence.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Do not shy away from promoting your interests outside of the law as many of the people here have a wide range of interests.

Interview Advice: Prepare answers to competency based questions and draw from a wide range of your experiences: e.g. academic, volunteering and working life.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Leeds (Corporate) at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Prepare for the application by researching PM in-depth, do not be generic, PM has a vision and you should research this.

Interview Advice: Ask appropriate questions (i.e. about the training contract) that you could not answer through research.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Professional Indemnity at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Be commercially aware and try and show an understanding for the sectors we focus on and the type of work we do.

Interview Advice: Try and get your personality across and show a genuine enthusiasm to develop your skills with the firm.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Agriculture at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Be committed.

Interview Advice: Do your research.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Fitting into a firm is the most important - be honest about yourself.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Labour & Employment at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Be able to explain why your previous experiences are relevant and would make you a good lawyer and a good fit for the firm; thoroughly research the firm and how it distinguishes itself from its competitors.

Interview Advice: Be confident and personable; be able to explain why your previous experiences are relevant and would make you a good lawyer and a good fit for the firm; prepare examples of when you've demonstrated certain competencies, whilst ensuring you still think on your feet when being interviewed; build rapport.

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Shoosmiths

, at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: LOTS OF EXPERIENCE. Show the firm how committed you are to a legal career. But also make sure that you show that you're a well rounded individual with exciting and interest/hobbies

Interview Advice: Be yourself. There's nothing worse than trying to act like someone else. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” - Ernest Hemingway.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate & Commercial at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Do your research into the firm, draft your answers carefully, go straight to the point. Show commercial common sense.

Interview Advice: Be open and genuine. Having been involved in the recruitment process at some level, I know that interviewers look for the best in each candidate. Do not feel like you need to know all the legal technicalities around a topic; commercial common sense is much more important.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Do your research.

Interview Advice: Prepare properly and know your application.

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Pinsent Masons

, Risk Advisory Services at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Research the firm's strategy in detail and how it might put it into action over the next 3 - 5 years. Keep an eye on the FT and similar news outlets for stories that interest you and you feel comfortable talking about, providing your own opinion.

Interview Advice: The usual competency questions but be prepared to be challenged on your answers, particularly regarding career motivations.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Show that you have a personality and hobbies.

Interview Advice: Commercial awareness and what makes a good lawyer, apart form knowing the law.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Bond Dickinson LLP

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest. But also do some research on the firm and it's client's; try and appreciate the work of the legacy firms and how they have now integrated and are moving forward.

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Reed Smith

Trainee, Commercial disputes at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Think about how Reed Smith stands out from other firms - we pioneered the Law and Business masters that our students do as part of their LPC, extremely friendly work environment, a number of specialist departments (shipping, media etc). Talk about your work experience outside of law, it's important to demonstrate client interaction whether in a bar, restaurant or shop.

Interview Advice: Be confident and be yourself. They are trying to get to know you and whether you will fit at Reed Smith. Be friendly, smiley and approachable.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Be confident and personable. The firm looks more for personality fit and life experience than academic achievements only.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee, Commercial at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Research the specific firm in detail and make sure you reflect your research in the application by pointing out why you think you would be a good fit for it and vice versa. Do not complete too many applications, but rather do a few to targeted firms so your enthusiasm and genuine interest comes across.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have re-read your application as you may be asked questions. With commercial questions, approach them calmly and don't try and be too clever with your answers - the interviewers do not necessarily accept a perfect answer but want to know your thinking pattern.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor (second year), Real Estate at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you show you understand the firm and have enthusiasm for what they do/what makes them different.

Interview Advice: Be personable! Have a joke with the interviewers (where appropriate) and show your enthusiasm for the firm and that you want to work there. Don't be wooden!

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee, IP, IT & Commercial at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Stand out and be memorable, show case your positive attributes and show that you have a real interest in the firm.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, say things that will make you memorable and stand out for the right reasons and have a passion for law.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Understand out sector model as this is vital to successfully passing at interview stage.

Interview Advice: If you were given £1m what would you invest it in?

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Tailor your application to the firm, explaining what attracts you to this firm in particular. Do not leave your application to the last minute, as a good quality and thorough application takes time.

Interview Advice: I was asked to eleborate on points I made in my CV and application. There was a case study to prepare, in which we had to review a fact pattern and explain it to partners.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Make sure you make your research. On the surface, a lot of firms seem similar but they are incredibly different in their areas of speciality and culture. While there are standard skills to have in order to become a solicitor, some firms will place more emphasis on certain characteristics. You must ensure you draw parallels between your skills and experience and what the firm is looking for in its candidates.

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Reed Smith

Trainee, Investment Management at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Research the firm well before completing your application. Also consider our motto- the busines of relationships and consider how you can demonstrate having a strong network of contacts.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, ENR at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Make sure you can explain why you're interested in RS without giving a generic answer.

Interview Advice: Don't panic, prepare well, just like you would any interview.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Structured Finance at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Research the firm and include information on your application that demonstrates the research you have done. Talk to people working at the firm (HR will always be happy to put you in touch with someone) to get an idea of whether you can see yourself fitting in and enjoying working here. Don't underestimate part-time non-legal work - this can demonstrate vital skills such as team work, customer relationships, responsibility and time management.

Interview Advice: Dress smartly and approach the interview positively. Remember it's a two way process where you evaluate whether you want to work at the firm so the focus isn't all on you. Have some thoughtful questions prepared to ask at the end.

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Tailor application to Reed Smith and research beyond the mainstream material (brochure).

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show the interviewer you have a personality!

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Do your research about the firm and what you are expecting/if it will be a fit with you as the hours are often long and if you don't like the firm and environment, you are less likely to enjoy the work and are more likely to resent the hours.

Interview Advice: Focus on your personable skills rather than your academic knowledge. Make sure to have lots of extra-curricular activities, so that you are an interesting person without law.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate, Commercial and Projects at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Do your research, keep on top of the news and be yourself. The firm is interested in you as an individual, so stay away from generic answers and make sure your application honestly reflects what you are like and why you are interested in the firm.

Interview Advice: Taylor Wessing does a half-day assessment centre which includes a group exercise, and commercial awareness and competency based interview. In your interview, make sure you give well reasoned answers, even if your opinion differs from the interviewer's. Recruiters will be impressed by someone who is persuasive and confident, but also personable and a team player.

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DWF LLP

Trainee, Specialist Litigation at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm strategy and values.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm thoroughly and demonstrate that you have done this in your application. Try to make your application stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: I was asked questions such as: What business would you start tomorrow and how would you obtain the relevant funding? How would you spend £1m? What is the biggest challenge to the legal sector at the moment?

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate Services at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm, read the annual review and demonstrate commerciality.

Interview Advice: Be engaging and enthusiastic, know your stuff, be confident.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Property at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: PM looks for more than just good grades. Discussing part time work and any work experience will be helpful also.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, London at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Understand the cultures and values of the firm. They are integral to the business and drive the way we work. Know the firm's strategy for the short, medium and long term.

Interview Advice: Why DWF? What makes you different? Tell us about our sector approach?

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial at DWF LLP

Application Advice: The key point is that they want to know why you want to work for DWF, not just why you want to be a Solicitor.

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DWF LLP

DWF LLP

Application Advice: Prepare well, try and make yourself stand out, don't say anything negative - focus on the positives, attention to detail.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be prepared, be confident, be an individual.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee solicitor, Construction Advisory Disputes at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Be yourself!

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Check your applications several times and have someone without a legal background sense, grammar check them as well. Read the question carefully and make sure your answer goes to the heart of the question. Don't waffle or use overly complicated language. Only apply to firms where you genuinely would like to have a vacation scheme and/or training contract, instead of using a scatter-gun approach.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to answer questions on key competencies (teamwork, working independently, working under pressure), commitment to commercial/corporate law and to AG. It is important to have considered some deals or work which AG has done recently and why they interested you. You should also be prepared to speak about yourself outside of law on your hobbies and interests.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Apply!! After researching the firm, if you feel that you can relate to the firm values (approachable, bold and connected) then don't hold back in applying.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Apply for work placement/vacation scheme to assess whether the firm is for you.

Interview Advice: Understand the sectors in which Bond Dickinson operates.

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DWF LLP

Trainee, Trainee at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Demonstrate why you are applying for this particular firm.

Interview Advice: Why DWF? Commercial awareness type questions. Presentation.

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DWF LLP

DWF LLP

Application Advice: Thoroughly research the firm on their website, law fairs, chambers student etc, try and attend open days and the vacation scheme.

Interview Advice: Very commercial awareness based.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Don't just copy and paste your application that you have used for other firms. Research the firm and decide what you like about it and why you want to work here. Use your research to tailor the application specifically to DWF. Think about what you can include in your application that will make you stand out. Any unusual hobbies or experiences are useful.

Interview Advice: The interviews at DWF are very relaxed. Make sure you know your application and just be yourself. DWF do have a video interview after you have submitted your application. If you get through to this stage stay calm. Make sure you look presentable and there is nothing distracting in the background. I would recommend having some notes to one side in case you lose your train of thought.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Show commercial awareness and an in depth knowledge of the company and its values.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Litigation at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Research, research and research - graduate recruitment can tell when a candidate has done there research and can succinctly answer the questions in the context of DWF's business currently and its future plan. Grammar and punctuation - no typos or spelling mistakes, if you have them they will be found and create a bad first impression.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the usual commercial questions and DWF specific questions - what's happening in the legal market, what is DWF doing differently. Make 3/4 points and explain them, do no try to answer everything because there will not be time in the interview to do so. Just get the important points across. Show enthusiasm and ask a sensible question at the end if there is time.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Various at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Think carefully about the answers that you give and allow them to express your personality - I don't think the firm like the stereotypical law graduate blurb.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - the firm tend to employ a certain type of person that is going to get along with colleagues, trying to be what the firm want will see you come unstuck. I found that getting on with the interviewers and perhaps not giving the stock, stereotypical, answers to questions worked well at interview.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee – N/A at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Demonstrate how you are suited to the role and how you would fit in the firm.

Interview Advice: Read and understand the firm's Annual Review and do your research on the firm's strategy. DWF is an ambitious firm and expects its staff to know that and reflect that attitude.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Police and Prison Team at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Make sure that you know DWF inside out, the strategy, the sectors, the clients, the annual statement is a good place to start. Applications need to be tailored to DWF and show that the applicant is passionate about the firm. Ensure that you include facts and figures or info on recent work/events. Work experience – as much as you can get doesn’t have to be in a big firm, a couple of days in a high street firm is also helpful or in a non-legal commercial environment. I think the best advice is that nothing is too small to put down, even if they have been working part time in a shop whilst they are at uni, those skills are all transferable.

Interview Advice: 1. about DWF sectors and cross selling 2. what super hero I would be and why 3. examples of working as part of a team 4. what aspect in the media recently caught your attention that would be pertinent to law.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Various – 6 seat rotation at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Apply if you really like people. Don't be stuck up. Don't be arrogant. Be honest. Enthusiasm goes a long way. Think about our sectors, values and what makes a law firm a business.

Interview Advice: Have a conversation. Partners here, unlike many other firms, like a good chat and don't take themselves so seriously.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Do your research and really try and understand what the firm's ethos is, and how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors. Our firm wide values are important to us and really shape how we approach business problems.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Disrupt to progress. Read up on the firm - embrace the firm's values. Be commercially aware.

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DWF LLP

DWF LLP

Application Advice: DWF are quite alternate to most law firms in terms of their approach to IT, innovation and delivering services. Research the firm - note the sectors, products and awards won. If you can differentiate why DWF is different from other firms this will go along way.

Interview Advice: Relax and be honest. The talent staff are all approachable and fun people. Have the standard STAR answers prepared to the 'usual' competency questions. Use the interview as a chance to show what you know about the firm, how their approach impresses you and how it fits with your personal views about delivering legal services differently.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Scotland at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and know the firm's business plan and values.

Interview Advice: Have a comprehensive understanding of the firm's business plan and values. Understand what makes DWF different in the legal market place.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation – Regulatory at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Understand what is important to the firm.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. This is a firm that values individuality and personality.

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DWF LLP

Trainee, Real Estate at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Try to research clients.

Interview Advice: Be knowledgeable about local Real Estate developments/ funding.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at DWF LLP

Application Advice: The legal market is constantly changing; make sure you keep up to date of developments, be aware of the practice areas / sectors we work in and also think commercially, not just as a lawyer. Client's don't just want lawyers anymore.

Interview Advice: Be on top of developments in the legal market and be familiar with the firms strategy / values.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Projects – Construction at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Know the firm - its history, its clients, its values and its goals. Have a high degree of commercial awareness.

Interview Advice: Make reference to where firm has done a certain type of work for a client. Have a clear aim of what you want to achieve if you were offered the job. Research the firm thoroughly.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Planning at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself and be honest. Don't try and answer questions in a way that you think DWF want them answered, but rather answer them. honestly.

Interview Advice: I was asked what investment I would make with £1,000,000 - it was a great opportunity to be creative with my answer.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Professional Indemnity at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Apply for firms that share the same interests as you. Much of DWF's business can be categorised under corporate and insurance services. Are these services that you are interested in? A lot of city firms have a culture in which you have to stay very late until the work is completed. At DWF there will undoubtedly be evenings where you have to stay late, but the extent to which that happens is much less often than your average city firm. What firm is more suitable for you and most importantly will you still enjoy your job if you ended up working for another city firm where you never finished work in the daylight?

Interview Advice: Interviews for trainees have changed since I applied. I understand video interviews are now used during the application process, whereas I had a face-to-face interview. Therefore, rule number one must be; make sure you have a reliable internet connection! Wired/cable connections are generally more reliable than wireless connections and private locations are generally more reliable than public locations. Obviously, the circumstances are different for everyone. Treat it exactly the same way as if you had a face-to-face interview in terms of preparation, research and your appearance. Is there anything distracting in the room you're sitting in or are you sitting in front of a wall with a plane background with minimal distractions?

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Take time to understand the Firm's business and if possible, make personal contacts within the Firm through attendance at one of the Firm's open days or at a Law Fair.

Interview Advice: Research the firm's leadership, structure and recent deals/cases before applying.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Demonstrate through your application that you understand what makes DWF stand out from the crowd and how they 'do things differently' and how important it is for the firms profile in the market place.

Interview Advice: Know the DWF 'values' and be able to include them within your answers etc. The process has quite a few interview stages: 1) Video Interview - Recorded video answering interview questions. 2) An Initial Interview with HR and Senior Solicitor/Partner - Opportunity to stand out and answer questions such as why law? why dwf? etc. and be prepared to answer more detailed thought provoking questions such as if you had £1m what would you invest in? 3) Assessment Centre - A intense stage of the interview process where it lasts half a day and you have to cover: Group discussion, Presentation for Partners on a topic selected on the day of the assessment and individual interview with HR and two partners of your selected office. Again the questions will be general along with some questions on the current economic climate and any interesting news stories in the last week or so. Be prepared and make sure your commercial awareness is up to date. 4) PGP Friday - A trip down to Manchester to meet the Practice Group Partners (PGP) of the firm and a chance to interview them!

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Explain why Taylor Wessing is the firm for you. Remember, Taylor Wessing is a full service law firm - devoting your entire application to just one niche area of law may not be the best strategy.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Let your personality shine through. Focus on demonstrating your communication and team skills.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Know our got-to-market approach inside out. Be confident and interesting.

Interview Advice: Research, research, research - the people who will interview you know the business inside out, they expect the same of you!

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Pinsent Masons

, at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Do your research! Try to find out why you really want to work here and do the research to back this up. This will set you apart from those who bulk apply to City law firms.

Interview Advice: The assessment day process can seem intense, but when you break it down you're having three conversations with three interesting people, with a bit of proof reading in between.

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Shoosmiths

Trainee Solicitor, Technology Media and Commercial at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Show your personality as well as your academic strengths.

Interview Advice: Try and add something to make yourself stand out as an indivual.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee solicitor, at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Don't waffle in your application, be concise and honest. All of the trainees here are fun and sociable. Although grades and law experience is essential, show that you have a diverse range of interests.

Interview Advice: Questions involved: Why Law? Why that particular University? What are your Strengths? How would your friends describe you?

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Read the questions carefully and tailor your answers to the firm, rather than copying and pasting answers from other applications. Try to allow your personality to come through in the answers you give so that the firm can understand whether you will be a good fit for them and vice versa.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the interview thoroughly and make sure you have a couple of good questions to ask at the end of the interview. Make sure you know your application form well.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Attend law fairs and open days to meet the recruiter as a lot of focus is put on getting to know applicants.

Interview Advice: Focus on preparing for questions about your experience and interests and why you want to join the firm.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee, Projects at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Have lots of work experience.

Interview Advice: If you are from a non law background, think of reasons of how can your degree assist you working in a law firm?

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Show that you are willing to work hard but also that you have a down to earth personality and are easy to get along with.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to give examples of situations where you have developed key skills.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you reflect the qualities the firm says it is looking for, giving examples.

Interview Advice: Know what is going on in the news and have an opinion about it. Don't be afraid to defend yourself if challenged.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor – Finance and Projects, Banking at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: You are not just hired for your grades so make sure you show you are a well rounded individual, have interests and hobbies outside of study/work and show you would be capable of fitting into any team of people.

Interview Advice: Know the firm. If you have the knowledge of the firm, its achievements, its future goals and how you could help achieve that stuck in your mind, any other questions about yourself and your experiences will be easy.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Try not to put what you think the firm wants to hear, but fill it out with your true thoughts and opinions. Most people put the same old script, copied from one application to the next - make yourself stand out.

Interview Advice: Do not come across as a robot - personality is key.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Research the company thoroughly, do not submit a generic application copied and pasted from a word document. Tailor your general skills and experiences to demonstrate why they will help you fit into the culture of the firm.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee, Litigation at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm well.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Show that you have a weakness but how you overcame it and what you learnt.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm properly.

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Pinsent Masons

, at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Make sure you tailor your application to the firm and its strategy.

Interview Advice: Have a genuine reason for wanting to apply and an interest in the firm.

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Restructuring at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Make sure you are a well rounded individual and have more than just good grades.

Interview Advice: Know the firm as well as possible.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you get as much work experience to truly understand what the role of a solicitor is. Research firms thoroughly, nothing is more important than making sure you are at the right firm, suited to your personality and strengths.

Interview Advice: Read the news daily, it doesn't have to be the Financial Times, I used BBC News and the Lawyer. If you are interested in a particular area, make sure you are consistent and thorough about it. For example, follow a particular case or story from the beginning to end to make sure you can answer questions properly.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Tax and Incentives at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Know what the firm prides itself on and how it sees itself going forwards.

Interview Advice: Do your research on the firm beforehand. Make use of the opportunity to ask questions about the firm at the end of the interview.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Construction at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: AG is a firm that really cares about its clients; understanding this and the way the firm works is key. Commercial awareness, as with any City law firm, is also very important.

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Bird & Bird LLP

Trainee, at Bird & Bird LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself, because if a firm doesn't like you, you probably won't like them. Check for spelling and typos (including using an & rather than "and" in Bird & Bird!)

Interview Advice: Again, be yourself: I was generally asked about my CV.

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Trainee Solicitor, IT, Telecoms and Competition at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Tailor applications heavily.

Interview Advice: Prepare for typical competency-based questions and be prepared to go into detail about studies / hobbies / extra-curriculars on applications.

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Trainee Solicitor, Private Client at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Make sure your personality shines through and be enthusiastic! Know as much about the firm as possible (not generic).

Interview Advice: Why TW? What other law firms have you applied for and why? What do you like to do in your free time?

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Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP

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.

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Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate – Construction at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Understand why the firm is different to others. Also show that you can demonstrate why you are a good match for them, and they are a good match for you.

Interview Advice: 'Commercial Awareness' questions such as 'tell me about a current story which applies to this law firm'. Questions about previous work and how they are relevant to those of an aspiring solicitor. 'Why do you want to be a lawyer?' and 'Where do you see yourself in X years?'

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