Pre-Application Essentials

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

How Getting Experience With A Small Business Can Improve Commercial Awareness

By Thomas Quincey

*This is a guest blog post from Thomas Quincey. Find out how to write for us >> When applying for training contracts, the requirement that puzzles would-be trainees the most is “commercial awareness”. As law students, theory and application are our bread and butter. Making business decisions is not. There is, therefore, a challenge to…

Read Full Post >>>

10 Key Skills You Can Learn From Pro Bono Activities

By Martha De La Roche

In addition to the altruistic benefits of being a student pro bono volunteer, you will also be adding to and developing your personal and professional skills. Participating in pro bono work can give you experience in, and exposure to, a wide variety of expertise which is often picked up on by legal and graduate recruiters.…

Read Full Post >>>

Grad Recruiter Secrets: How to Create Your Shortlist of Firms To Apply To

By Matt Oliver

This post contains more invaluable advice from grad recruiters who are in charge of giving out training contract and vacation scheme offers each year. One of the key things that contribute to a candidate’s success in the training contract process is the research they undertake. Another is the decisions made by that candidate about which…

Read Full Post >>>

Why Should You Get Involved In Student Pro Bono?

By Martha De La Roche

What is Student Pro Bono? ‘Pro Bono’ comes from the Latin saying Pro Bono Publico meaning for the ‘good of the public’. Free Legal Advice Legal pro bono work comprises the provision of legal advice and assistance free of charge to those members of the public who cannot afford to pay for it. Legal Skills…

Read Full Post >>>

Do You Understand How A Large Corporate Deal Is Done?

By Matt Oliver

This latest video recommendation provides an account of what it’s like to work on a big deal at a large corporate firm like Allen & Overy. It includes some useful insights into the role of trainees in a City firm and is valuable research for all budding commercial lawyers. It gives you an idea of…

Read Full Post >>>

Pro Bono Law Clinics – A Route To Success

By Andrew Perriman

Pro Bono Law Clinics act as a vehicle to provide students with the opportunity to learn by doing, to experience the law in practise and to go beyond theoretical concepts of law and apply the skills outside of the constraints of chalk and talk. The History of Law Clinics Such opportunities first became available in…

Read Full Post >>>

Developing Relevant Skills Through Extra-Curricular & Volunteering Activities

By Helen Hart

In this post, I would like to give you some ideas about how voluntary work and extra-curricular activities can boost your CV and help you to demonstrate the essential soft skills and commercial awareness that law firms look for when recruiting. Pro-Bono Legal Projects Some universities and law schools organise pro bono projects. The type…

Read Full Post >>>

Using Non-Legal Work Experience To Your Advantage

By Helen Hart

In my previous post about commercial awareness, I talked about how bar, shop or factory work could help you gain a lot of business knowledge and I gave the example of thinking about a beach café and how the weather affects custom. In this post, I will elaborate on how non-legal work experience can help…

Read Full Post >>>

Demonstrating Commercial Awareness To Law Firms

By Helen Hart

When you start applying for training contracts (or vacation schemes) with commercial law firms, people will tell you that you have to show “commercial awareness”. What is commercial awareness and how do you show that you “have” it? If you do an internet search on “commercial awareness”, you’ll find that different people have different views…

Read Full Post >>>

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.