Critical thinking skills are now assessed by more and more law firms as part of their graduate recruitment process. They are used for training contract and vacation scheme assessments because they indicate higher-order thinking. Creative thinking is the method of evaluating problems in an open-minded and unorthodox manner. It involves analysing and evaluating different options…

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One of the things that candidates for training contracts and vacation schemes are most commonly advised to do is to research the firms they are applying to. However, one of the most common things I see that lets candidates down with their applications is a lack of effective research. This does not mean candidates are…

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If you are to stand any chance of securing a vacation scheme place or training contract you must identify the law practice areas you are most interested in before you make your applications. To do this you must develop solid foundation knowledge of ALL the different practice areas in which you could potentially train. This…

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There are lots of incredibly inspiring and informative career-related events that will undoubtedly help students and graduates wanting to succeed in their pursuit of a career in law. However, I am regularly surprised by how often they are under-utilised by candidates struggling to get that job offer. A Lack of Pro-activity There are some incredibly…

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Samantha Hope is the Graduate Recruitment Manager at leading national law firm, Shoosmiths. Matt Oliver caught up with Samantha and asked her some of the questions sent in by TSS readers. The Interview MATT: What would you recommend candidates do over the coming months to ensure their applications are as strong as they can be? SAMANTHA: The…

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