Pre-Application Essentials

Here you will find articles containing expert advice on the essential activities before you start making training contract & vacation scheme applications.

Key Skills & Attributes Needed as a Trainee Solicitor

By Matt Oliver

Competition for training contracts has never been more fierce than it is today. So, unless you are an applicant with an Oxbridge double first, rowing captain and chairman of the debating society on your CV, you need to understand what firms are looking for and seek to demonstrate as much of it as you can.…

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How to Choose Where to Apply to for Your Training Contract

By Matt Oliver

Before applying for solicitor training contracts it’s important to know that law firms come in all shapes and sizes and undertake all manner of different legal work for an extensive range of clients. Research is Key For wannabe trainee solicitors it is vitally important to fully research the different types of firms and organisations which…

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Law Vacation Schemes – An Essential Guide

By Matt Oliver

Law vacation schemes are a must for any aspiring solicitor who has yet to secure a training contract. Ideally, a strategy for getting on to multiple vacation schemes must be considered at an early stage of your studies. Law Vacation Schemes – The Basics There are many formal vacation schemes run by the large to…

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5 Things To Consider When Thinking Of A Career Change To Law

By Isabel Clough

This is a guest post from Isabel Clough who made a career change to law in her mid-30’s. She sets out her answers to some of the common questions posed by others considering a similar career change. As someone who came late to the legal profession – I was 34 when I started the Graduate…

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Securing Informal Work Experience

By Luke Murphy

In a world where a 2:1 degree, strong extra-curricular activities and a regular attendance at law fairs and career events have become the norm, it is increasingly important to gain as much legal work experience as possible. This is for one obvious and perhaps two less obvious reasons: (1) as a way to boost the…

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How To Research Law Firms More Effectively

By Matt Oliver

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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How To Identify The Practice Areas You’re Most Interested In

By Matt Oliver

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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How To Use Your Summer Holidays To Improve Your Training Contract Chances

By Matt Oliver

I caught up with a couple of graduate recruiters to ask them a question we hear all the time from students as the summer holidays descend. In your experience, what is the best way for a student to spend their summer holidays in order to strengthen their case for a training contract in the future?”…

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How Pro-Active Are You REALLY Being?

By Matt Oliver

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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Learn How to Master the Watson Glaser Test

The Watson Glaser Test is a critical piece of the training contract puzzle.

Each year, more law firms use the Watson Glaser Test to filter our candidates from their recruitment processes.

It's simple, if you don't know how to pass it you won't get a job offer from them.

We teach you the nuts and bolts of this test and how best to practice it to get to the required pass level.