The Corporate Law Academy (TCLA) was founded in 2018 because we wanted to give every graduate the same opportunity to build a career in commercial law. 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.
We think the legal profession can be intimidating and opaque. There are still too many barriers to aspiring lawyers with outstanding potential who may lack the privileged background, connections or training.
We exist to break down those barriers, and to make the process of becoming a commercial lawyer more transparent and accessible. Through training and support, our community helps aspiring lawyers become the best version of themselves.
Join TCLA’s online learning platform and you will gain the technical knowledge, communication skills and self-belief to conquer the application process and kickstart your career at the biggest global law firms.
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.
Join TCLA’s network and you’ll find thousands of aspiring lawyers who care about 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.
Our learning platform has been designed to give you the best online training for a career in the City. Our courses, webinars and in-depth guides give you the ideal foundation for life as a successful commercial lawyer.
The future of TCLA
Our long-term goal is to create an online law school that transforms 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 career.
We chose not to take outside funding because we want to remain accountable to our customers, not external investors. We aim to grow in a sustainable way and remain responsive to the needs of aspiring lawyers.
To achieve our goals, we want to produce courses taught by the best lawyers and professionals across a variety of firms. We also want to make the TCLA forum a hub that is able to support every aspiring lawyer considering a career with leading global law firms.
Each year, we aim to upskill thousands of aspiring lawyers, nationally and internationally, helping them evolve from student to trainee solicitor. Ultimately, we hope to become the home for all aspiring commercial lawyers.
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 want 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.
The TCLA 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.