About The Corporate Law Academy

Our mission

We don’t want the legal profession to be intimidating, opaque or lacking in support. We don’t want you to discount your chances of becoming a commercial lawyer before you’ve even started.

The Corporate Law Academy (TCLA) was founded in 2018 because we wanted to improve the legal journey. We wanted more transparency and better training. We wanted to form a community of aspiring lawyers who care about becoming the best version of themselves.

Through our learning platform, we teach you what you need to know to kickstart your careers with the biggest global law firms. That includes the technical stuff: mergers and acquisitions, the financial markets, law firms as a business, and more. But it also includes the softer skills, from communication to resilience, because that plays such a huge role in making it through this process.

Where are we going?

We have a clear long-term vision and that’s to become an online law school.

Our aim is to transform legal education. We can do this more cost-effectively, more transparently, and in a way that’s more relevant to the needs of aspiring lawyers. It shouldn’t be the case that legal education after university is something to simply ‘get through’. We want to deliver training that is not only enjoyable but also provides substantive value to your legal careers.

Because we don’t take outside funding, our entrance into this market will take time. Importantly, though, this means that we won’t grow outside our means. We’ll keep growing year-on-year, stay profitable, and remain responsive to the needs of aspiring lawyers. We’ll continue to be accountable to our customers, not external investors.

To reach our goal of becoming an online law school, there are two parts. First, we want to produce courses taught by the best lawyers and professionals across a variety of firms. Second, we want to make the TCLA forum a hub that is able to support every aspiring lawyer interested in a career with the leading global law firms.

Each year, we’ll upskill thousands of aspiring lawyers, nationally and internationally, from student to trainee solicitor. Ultimately, we hope to become the home for all aspiring commercial lawyers.

Why us?

First, join TCLA’s network and you’ll find thousands of aspiring lawyers who care each other’s success. You’ll find candidates at different stages of their lives bonded through the journey of becoming an exceptional commercial lawyer. You’ll find incredible sources of motivation and inspiration, from career-changers to students who have overcome all odds to break into the legal profession.

Second, our learning platform has been designed to give you the best online training in the City. Through our courses, webinars and in-depth guides, you’ll build the foundation to become a successful commercial lawyer.

Our promise

We set ourselves to exceptionally high standards. We will always make sure the content we produce is of exceptional value to you. We will always be a community where you will be supported, guided and uplifted. We are here to help everyone become the best version of themselves.

Support team

Dedicated to your success

At TCLA, we pride ourselves in being authentic and passionate about changing the lives of aspiring lawyers. We’re a small, experienced team that works hard and executes quickly.

A message from the founder

Jaysen Sutton, Founder

It has been three years since I left my training contract at a US law firm. It’s incredible to see some of the earliest TCLA members are now associates at the biggest law firms in the City.

I started up TCLA because I found it strange that there is so much support when it comes to securing good grades at school or university, but it’s hard to find the right guidance thereafter. The quality is variable, the information is fragmented, and there isn’t enough support for dealing with the tough stuff – the days when you are on the brink of giving up.

If you’re new to the legal journey, I wanted to say a huge welcome. If you have doubts about whether you can do this, you should know you are not alone. Thousands have been where you are today, and it’s our job to show you that many of the doubts you may have right now can be overcome.

TCLA is all about teaching you the skills you need to become exceptional. We’ll help you to celebrate your achievements and the obstacles you’ve overcome to get where you are today. We want you to question the assumptions you have right now about your capabilities, and we’ll encourage you to think for yourselves.

The legal profession is changing quickly and it’s you guys that will be responsible for changing the standards and attitudes. We’re here to help you get there.