Application Review

Vacation scheme and training contract application reviews

A memorable application that presents your candidacy in its best light is critical to securing a training contract offer. We at The Corporate Law Academy know that. We take your application reviews very seriously.

Our thorough and personal application review service, offers you detailed, line-by-line comments on your vacation scheme or training contract application. These reviews are firm-specific and cover the following areas:

  • how well you answer the question[s] asked;
  • your use of language and your overall presentation;
  • how well you’ve tailored your application to the specific firm; and
  • how well you've met a firm’s competencies.

We'll also benchmark your application against those of the 500+ applications we have reviewed this year. Many of our students go on to secure training contracts at top commercial firms, including the magic circle and New York’s elite law firms.

Why use our application review service?

We reviewed over 1,000 applications in 2019.

We now review 4-5 applications every day. Our experience has taught us what works and what doesn’t. We know how to sell your experiences, demonstrate your motivation and make an application stand out. We don’t just talk the talk either. We’ve been through the process ourselves: our reviewer secured 13 interviews with top commercial law firms.

Comprehensive feedback.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are able to benchmark the strength of your application against other candidates. In addition to our line by line comments, you'll receive practical guidance on how to apply our feedback to future applications.

High-level, specific, actionable advice.

We’re not here to give you generic advice on your applications. Instead, we provide bespoke, actionable advice based on your existing application answers, your experiences and motivations, and the firm you’re applying to.

A&O application review

Applications during the Christmas Period

We'll still be doing application reviews throughout the Christmas period, but please factor in bank holidays! Kindly note, we also tend to do our reviews between 5pm - 10pm. If you haven't heard by then, please feel free to drop us an email (but you should have!).

Finally, note, the purpose of our reviews is to help you get your applications into the best shape you can. We'll point out red flags and advise you on how to improve your answers, however, we cannot guarantee you will move onto the next stage. For more guidance on how to write a successful training contract application, see our 2018 guide.

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Application Review (3 days)

(48 customer reviews)


Our thorough and personal application review service, offers you detailed, line-by-line comments on your vacation scheme or training contract application. This includes all application answers and cover letters. Kindly note, we do not review the work experience section or CVs.
We’ll return your application or cover letter within three working days.

Our thorough and personal application review service, offers you detailed, line-by-line comments on your vacation scheme or training contract application. These reviews are firm-specific and cover the following areas:

  • how well you answer the question[s] asked;
  • your use of language and your overall presentation;
  • how well you’ve tailored your application to the specific firm; and
  • how well you’ve met a firm’s competencies

We’ll also benchmark your application against those of the 500+ applications we have reviewed this year. Many of our students go on to secure training contracts at top commercial firms, including the magic circle and New York’s elite law firms.

Note: Please scroll down at checkout and you will be able to attach your application to the order. Alternatively, if you have trouble doing this, feel free to email with your application and order number.

48 reviews for Application Review (3 days)

  1. AJ

    I had two applications reviewed by Jaysen for vacation schemes. Jaysen was thorough, quick and helpful in his feedback to me. It is a really useful service if you want a second pair of (really experienced) eyes looking over your work!

  2. Sebastian

    Jaysen reviewed an application for a vacation scheme for me. The service was faultless: valuable feedback, prompt turn-around, and helpful follow up. In the follow-up, Jaysen went above and beyond to provide me with resources that I could use to make practical and tangible improvements to my application. The benefits from this have not only spilt over becoming a better applicant, but also a stronger student.

    I would emphatically recommend Jaysen’s service to anyone who wants feedback either before or after submitting an application!

  3. SR

    Jaysen reviewed my application for a vacation scheme. His service was excellent: quick response and a detailed feedback.

  4. Ife

    I initially got one free application review and found it so helpful that I immediately signed up for 8 more. The reviews were detailed, timely and greatly improved the quality of my applications. Asides from having someone experienced looking over my application, I also began to develop my application writing skills through the feedback I received. I have already recommended the reviews to many of my friends because of how confident I am in the quality of the service.

  5. Will Floyd

    I have had two applications reviewed by Jaysen and was very satisfied – the comments were really useful and helped me to spot various ways to improve!

    I would recommend having your application reviewed just to give you that extra bit of confidence to hit that ‘submit’ button!

  6. Oliver Vercoe

    Having had extremely limited success getting anywhere with applications, I used the CLA to get some help with my next application – Jaysen returned my application extremely quickly, and his detailed comments and suggestions were invaluable in tightening up my application and making it explicitly relevant to the questions. Subsequently, I was invited to an assessment centre and was able to draw on tips from Jaysen and the wider CLA forum to successfully get a place on the firm’s vacation scheme. Big thank you.

  7. MC

    Great service! My application was carefully reviewed and all mistakes and weird formulations were spotted and questioned. I believe the standard of my applications has increased because of the feedback I received. I’ll definitely still use this service in future.

  8. Oliver Gilliland

    I would highly recommend this review service. Prior to having my applications reviewed I found I had fallen into the trap of writing applications in an overly descriptive style and would often try to overcomplicate things. After going through multiple applications reviews, I found my application writing standard improved dramatically as a result, and even assisted in landing me my first ever vacation scheme. Not only does Jaysen provided detailed feedback on writing style, wording and length, but also provides invaluable follow up. For instance, on many of my reviews he went above and beyond by looking at my improved application after I implemented his feedback.

  9. Victoria Gucciardi

    I’ve had Jaysen review four of my applications and he has provided great feedback. After having my applications reviewed by many people (friends in law, family and careers services at my university) I was discouraged that I was rejected by all of the firms I applied to. However, Jaysen has been able to point out weak areas of my applications and provide specific ways in which I can improve. I would recommend this service to anyone looking to secure a vacation scheme or training contract!

  10. Dipen

    I highly recommend Jaysen’s application review service. He provided detailed feedback which has been very useful in improving my application technique!

  11. SJamal

    I have had a number of reviews undertake. by Jaysen. He’s is very detailed in his approach and reviews each paragraph, line by line. This means that where there is unnessary waffle or a point does not add to the answer, he removed this making the application succinct, tailored and geared to the firm in question. I have found his reviews to be extremely successful, it’s also help me prepare better applications as he suggest what need to be worked on in the application with track changes. This as led to me secure an assessment centre at a leading international law firm, which only recruits in small numbers and thus the application stage was the hardest part. I would recommend this service to any aspiring lawyer. Thanks Jaysen, keep up the good work. Sajeed

  12. David

    Great application reviews by Jaysen. The feedback I received was comprehensive and really helped me improve quality of my applications. Would highly recommend!

  13. Lawgirlxo

    Jaysen reviewed one application for me. His feedback was super helpful and thorough – I was able to secure a vacation scheme with his help.

    Big thank you to you Jaysen!

  14. Shane OHanlon

    I cannot recommend Jaysen’s application review service enough. The outstanding quality and quick turn around makes this service a winning combination for anyone hoping to secure that elusive Training Contract or Vacation Scheme. Jaysen meticulously analyses each individual sentence ensuring that everything you write is purposeful and impacting. He also pushes you to provide a personal and informed answer to the firm-specific questions. What further impressed me was the commitment that Jaysen had to helping me craft the “perfect” application. After the initial review, Jaysen reviewed my subsequent drafts, ensuring that his feedback was well implemented. I was fortunate enough to obtain vacation scheme offers from a City and U.S firm, and I honestly believe that I would not have achieved this without Jaysen assisting me in developing my application technique and the wider support of TCLA.

  15. Vanessa Marshall

    Jaysen has provided me with very useful feedback and advice on my Graduate Open Day and VS applications to a firm. The advice was very tailored to the firm and helped me identify precisely the areas of improvement in my answers. I strongly believe this helped me secure a place at the firm’s Graduate Open Day. I am still waiting for my VS application results, however I feel that I had never received or read such specific and tailored advice before, as compared to the generic advice we can find everywhere on several student blogs and websites.

  16. Brandon Sirju

    This application review service has been very helpful for me in applying for vacation schemes this year. In my first cycle, I found it difficult to get past the initial application stage. However, with Jaysen’s application reviews, I was able to overcome this hurdle in my second cycle by, securing a couple of interviews. I found that in particular the reviews made my applications more concise and helped me cut out unnecessary information such as mentioning a random deal the firm is involved in. I cannot recommend this service enough as it is efficient, I have never received a late application review and Jaysen was even kind enough to follow up on his feeback through emails.

  17. Felicia

    The application service that TCLA provides, has been invaluable for me. I’ve found the comments to be constructive and detailed. This year, my application to firms have gone a lot further than previous years, and this is definitely due to TCLA and this service. I would recommend the service to anyone that has difficulties with their applications!!

  18. JC

    My application technique has improved significantly due to the application review service ran by Jaysen! He provides tailored advice for you to understand where you went wrong and what to further improve on in order to become a successful applicant.

  19. GD1995

    I would highly recommend TCLA’s application review service. I received my applications back within a few days with detailed line by line annotations. Jaysen ensured that every sentence added value to my application and helped me write more concisely. The quality of my applications improved greatly and helped me secure interviews.

  20. Hazal Kirci

    The reviews are brilliant for anyone whose seeking specialised feedback from someone with a solid legal background. Jaysen provides in-depth suggestions and pinpoints the exact things that might mean the difference between being chosen for an interview and not. While all reviewed applications aren’t necessarily successful (a bit naive to expect so), I think you’ll have a higher chance if you use the service.

  21. Abdulla

    I highly recommend this review service. Not only were Jaysen’s comments always detailed and constructive, but he also went above and beyond by providing great follow-up advice which helped me greatly improve my writing standard.

  22. DM

    The TCLA review service has really helped improve the quality of my applications. Recently, I re-read previous applications which I had written (and had thought they were good, ha!) prior to using this service and I could see a clear difference in the quality in the applications! This is a thorough service with quick turnaround – I’d highly recommend!

  23. JE

    I contacted Jaysen whilst applying for a training contract position at Orrick. Being used to the ‘standard’ application format, I was struggling to write my cover letter in an engaging and concise manner.

    Jaysen was able to point out instances where my choice of language could be improved. He also steered me away from making vague, general claims, challenging me to make specific, tailored points

    With his guidance, I was able to redraft my cover letter to a level that I was proud of.

    I was subsequently successful post-application and am looking forward to the final interview. Having fallen at the application-stage hurdle many times before, I’m grateful for the direction this service gave towards writing better applications!

  24. D

    It is amazing how far I have come from my first (unsurprisingly) unsuccessful application to where I am at today. This, I put quite simply down to Jaysen’s hard work. Jaysen will pour over your application with great detail, suggest amendments and also, explain why these amendments are necessary. As a result of his service, I have developed a greater understanding of what is required when completing these applications. The proof is in the pudding they say – I have just received my first offer for a scheme that was based solely upon my application!

  25. Dia

    I have no doubt that Jaysen’s comments and advice helped me secure an interview with a top American firm. He constructively pointed out specific areas for improvement and helped me tailor my application. Comparing my application before and after his feedback, I am confident that it was the extra polish and precision from his help that made all the difference to getting invited for an assessment centre.

  26. Marco Mendola

    Do you want to know my opinion about TCLA? I’ll be straight to the point: outstanding review service, punctual, professional, outstanding attention to detail and flexibility. I strongly recommend TCLA to get the essential support required for your training contract/vacation scheme applications. In addition, they can provide very useful resources from commercial awareness to previous interview experiences. Time and money well spent, you have my word. Marco

  27. Naomi

    I found it incredibly beneficial to have my applications reviewed by someone who had direct experience of the process. My writing improved and I was able to convey my points much more clearly. The service was timely and detailed, highly recommend.

  28. Zahid

    Having only recently signed up to TCLA as a premium member I has already obtained a fantastic insight into what I need to do to improve me applications.

    The group forums on the site have enabled me to understand how to answer each question and allowed me to learn from others that have been in my situation.

    In addition, the application review that TCLA offers is fantastic! The feedback Jaysen has provided me with has enabled me to acknowledge gaps in my application and form answers that are firm specific.

  29. ELA

    Everyone says the application process is a learning curve, and the possibility to have applications reviewed is incredibly helpful. Jaysen’s advice has helped me understand what makes a strong application and improve my writing style. Knowing it is possible to ask questions and get quick, honest and informed responses also really helps with confidence and motivation. Amazingly helpful! Thank you Jaysen 🙂

  30. Didi

    Jayden got back to me quickly and gave very clear advice. TCLA had thoroughly helped to improve my application writing. The team has found a way to provide 24 hr advice to aspiring solicitors. I recommend the review service to anyone still struggling to get past the written stage.

  31. Jennifer Lew

    My application feedback from Jaysen was very constructive. He pointed out where my answers was weak and how I can improve and tailor it more to the firm I am applying. He also explains why a certain sentence should or should not be in rather than just telling you to delete it, which is very helpful.

  32. Tom Lucas

    Having Jaysen review a few of my applications has helped to improve them immeasurably. His feedback helped to improve my writing style, the approach to each question and tips on avoiding jargon. Of the three applications that Jaysen helped to review, I was invited to asssessment centres with two of the firms!

  33. Mimi

    Jaysen’s review of several of my applications has helped me improve and gain the confidence in my applications. This has resulted in me gaining a vacation scheme. The attention taken to provide constructive feedback is unequalled with such a fast turnaround. I would recommend this service to anyone requiring direction and advice – thanks Jaysen!

  34. Priya

    Jaysen has reviewed a couple of my applications now. He never fails to impress me time and time again at his quick response time. He understands how important and urgent application reviews are and he puts genuine time and effort into reviewing them. He’s upfront about how at the end of the day the advice he gives is subjective, but on the whole I’ve found his advice so far to be pretty accurate. I will definitely be using Jaysen again for more reviews. He does what he’s supposed to from his end, the rest if up to you.

  35. Jaytee

    I was extremely impressed with the quick turnaround with this service. Jaysen was very prompt in his responses and detailed in his feedback. He clearly knows his stuff and is great at communicating what needs to be improved on.

  36. Anonymous

    Jaysen’s application reviews are always extremely helpful and prompt. In addition to providing actionable comments on particular applications, his feedback has enabled me to improve my application writing technique in general too.

  37. Charity Mafuba

    Having my application reviewed by Jaysen was insightful as it highlighted the weak sections of my application, enabling me to make the requisite changes. This review process has had the added effect of improving my application writing technique which is a massive boost to my confidence.
    The turn around is very quick and timely.
    Excellent service. Keep up the good work.

  38. Joe

    I have used this service over 10 times and it never did not significantly improve all my applications. One of the key benefits was flagging where I should use simpler concepts and words (appropriate to simpler situations and questions) and visa versa for difficult ones. Another was teaching my how to use my core strengths (e.g interest in legal tech) to address unpredictable and spontaneous application questions.

    Jaysen was always punctual with returning reviews.

    Keep up the hard work!

  39. wwood

    I wish I discovered this service sooner! By the time I discovered it, my penultimate year had already passed.

    Before discovering this forum and subscribing to this application review service, I sent like 20+ apps and was rejected by all the international firms.

    However, after joining this forum and having my apps reviewed (especially cover letters!), I’m glad to say that I scored two vac schemes (when I applied for less than 10 international firms).

    Thank you Jaysen! I fully recommend this app review service (as well as premium membership, it’s absolutely amazing)!

  40. Mike

    Writing training contract and vacation scheme applications is a skill in its own right and comes with a very steep learning curve for those without prior experience. My University’s career service was of little help when I approached them and I was delighted to find that TCLA offers an application review service. I can only speak highly of Jaysen’s feedback which has always been tailored, insightful and timely for the 6 or so applications that I have submitted for review. I can definitely recommend this service for aspiring lawyers who have struggled to pass the initial application stage or want to improve their odds of securing an interview.

  41. Ami

    Being new to the application process I was struggling and slowly becoming discouraged. But this changed with Jaysen’s invaluable service. Jaysen’s reviews helped me greatly. Jaysen’s detailed comments and suggestions greatly improved both the quality of my applications and my confidence in writing them. I would recommend this service to anyone who is new to the process and anyone having difficulties with their applications!

  42. Harry

    I am very impressed with the service Jaysen provides. Detailed feedback and a quick response time. I wish I had discovered this sooner.

  43. Anonymous

    I would like to thank Jaysen for the time and effort he devotes to the Corporate Law Academy. He is extremely helpful and precise and offers important constructive feedback on application forms. I would highly recommend enlisting Jaysen to assist with review of application forms. Keep up your fantastic work, Jaysen!

  44. Noel Fernandes

    I have found Jaysen’s feedback very detailed and constructive, providing clear advice on how to make substantive improvements to the application. Further, Jaysen’s quick response time and willingness to answer follow-up questions really makes this service worthwhile and I would wholly recommend it to anybody new to applications or who has struggled with them.

  45. Syafiqkay92

    I asked for Jaysen’s helped in reviewing my application and I learned a lot from it. He helped me identify where to focus my answer based on what I have already written. He also identified parts of the answer that doesn’t answer the question. Really useful. Would definitely be using his service a lot more.

  46. Ailish White

    I cannot recommend this service enough! Jaysen provides tailored advice and seriously improves the quality of your application. I liked how he asked questions about my answers which encouraged me to make them more specific. I have noticed a huge difference in the quality of my application since receiving Jaysen’s help. If you are looking to improve the quality of your applications this service is perfect for you!

  47. Raam

    This is service is incredible! Jaysen provides tailored advice, breaking down virtually every word, making sure I’ve answered the question and displaying my full potential as a candidate. The quality of my applications have jumped significantly. This service is an absolute must for anyone applying to training contracts.

  48. Hajra Rehman

    Jaysen as extremely prompt in his help and was thorough in his analysis of my application. He provided feedback on various different aspects I.e use of language, grammar, how to showcase my skills and experience fully and relevancy to the question. He has an excellent eye for spotting the small details which will differentiate a mediocre application to an exemplary one.

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Feedback from Students

  • Fezan
    Jaysen is one of the most knowledgeable and friendliest advisors working in this field! His advice is clear and simple and he shows real understanding of a candidate's strengths/weaknesses. I cannot recommend him enough. My best wishes, F
    Paralegal at MC firm
  • Kavi
    Hi Jaysen, I hope you are well. Just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your help as I was offered a place on the CMS vac scheme following my assessment centre! The mock interview you set up for me and the CLA in general, were by far the most useful resources I used when preparing (even compared to my University's career service) so thanks again! Kavi
    Future CMS vac schemer
  • Bonnie
    Hi Jaysen, I just wanted to send you a message thanking you for the fantastic work you are doing here and on the Student Room. I got a TC offer from Ashurst this morning (still in shock!) and without a law degree or any vac schemes under my belt, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have happened without all the helpful advice that you've put out there. I'm sure it has helped so many people, not just me - so well done and keep going!
    Future trainee at Ashurst
  • Lottie
    Jaysen's help with my application was incredible. He generously dedicated his time to helping improve my app, looking at 2/3 drafts and offering his comments which were really helpful. I feel I submitted the best application to date and am actively looking forward to hearing back from the firm. Thank you so much!
  • Lewis Malkin
    Following a rejection post vacation scheme from a silver circle firm this summer, I began my September by commencing the long and arduous application process for the second time. Unfortunately, following a number of interviews it felt like I was destined for another round of multiple rejections; I continued to find myself coming unstuck at the assessment centre stage and it was not until I was put in contact with Jaysen that my fortunes began to change. I went into my first ‘session’ with Jaysen not really knowing what to expect. From the first minute, Jaysen made me feel really at ease and I felt he was genuinely interested in getting to know my struggles and woes. This was followed by a discussion of some potential questions that I could be given during my upcoming interviews and I was frankly astounded by his detailed knowledge of each firm. Working together, we were able to analyse my whole interview strategy and devise a few more techniques that gave me back the control as the interviewee.

    Ever since chatting to Jaysen, I have managed to secure a winter vacation scheme with a major US firm and have a number of other assessment centres lined up. More importantly however, Jaysen has given me back the confidence I lost in the summer and I now feel ready to face these challenges head on. We have all faced rejection at some point during the process of applying to law firms, and sometimes you just need a little extra push to get you over the line. Jaysen to me was that push. I am truly grateful for all the help he has given me and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to a friend.
    Lewis Malkin
    Trainee at Baker Mckenzie (6 vac schemes)
  • Sophia
    After receiving countless rejections, finding and signing up to The Corporate Law Academy has definitely increased my confidence when applying for a Training Contract. Upon receiving feedback on my application, I was surprised at the amount of effort that Jaysen had put in to his response. Taking the comments on board, I produced a second draft and Jaysen was more than willing to take a look. Jaysen’s recommendations are always detailed, clear and very constructive. The same can be said for his weekly commercial awareness articles. I would definitely recommend The Corporate Law Academy to anyone wishing to improve their applications or interview techniques!
    London School of Economics
  • Nicholas Ioannou
    Ever since I first met Jaysen, I have admired his keen willingness to help students. Whether it be by answering queries, reviewing applications or sending commercial awareness newsletters, Jaysen has been on hand to do it all. I was relatively sceptical about getting in-touch with Jaysen at first, as I did not know what to expect. However, I put those thoughts aside, since I could tell that he genuinely wants to help students, and he has proved to be a great aid thus far. I remember when Jaysen reviewed my first app, I was in shock as to the amount of detail and effort that he put into the feedback. I believe I replied, "wow, even my uni careers office don't go to that much trouble." Likewise, when I received a rejection email, Jaysen was there to offer console and remind me that it's all a part of the process. Though I am yet to secure a training contract, this is my first cycle of applications. I have no doubt that I will be able to edit this post in the near future, stating that I have been offered a TC, as a result of Jaysen's help.
    Nicholas Ioannou
    University College London
  • Derrick Tan
    You must have received countless gratitude messages by now, but I am still determined to write you one. Thank you for what you do and being as selfless as you are. Everytime I feel like giving up, your words have the inspiring effect to pick me up. You are truly a star!
    Derrick Tan
    University of Leicester
  • Ibtisam Arif
    All the best with all this - You have become a true inspiration for me and If I ever get in a position where I can make the kind of difference you are making it will be because of you.
    Ibtisam Arif
  • Arun Sohan-Pali
    What took me by surprise about the application advice was that every sentence was treated with the utmost importance. When a string of well-structured sentences come together, it makes a monumental impact on how the application reads as a whole. Jaysen refused to let anything, no matter how seemingly insignificant, go and the result is the strongest possible representation of yourself in front of recruiters, which is ultimately the end goal.
    Arun Sohan-Pali
    London School of Economics
  • Sylvester Tan
    I attended the training session. Jaysen was incredibly insightful down to the last detail and even provided guidance to us on how to approach applications and interviews. Jaysen was very genuine and personal in helping me with my application review and provided me with detailed recommendations line-by-line. He responds quickly and is very approachable and reliable as he understands what it was like to be a student. I would recommend him to any student who wishes to improve the quality of their applications.
    Sylvester Tan
    Vac schemes at Clifford Chance, Weil and Winston & Strawn
  • Ugo Onwumelu
    The “How to apply to Weil” training was very insightful. I think what stood out for me was the detail of the answers to our questions. For instance, the answers not only focused on what makes Weil an interesting place to work but also highlighted its difference from other US-headquartered firms. Such examples included the fact that Weil works for both the banks (lenders) and the private equity firms borrowing from the banks, something that some of its peers do not do. Furthermore, the application checklist that Jaysen gave us after the training session was both an added value and an embodiment of care to help us succeed. It strengthened my resolve to apply to Weil!
    Ugo Onwumelu
    University of Westminster
  • Ulyana Habka
    I found your answers quite useful as it helped me to understand a bit of the firm’s culture (by speaking to you and your colleagues) and to get an insight into the work you do on daily basis. I learnt about an early responsibility and what is expected of a trainee or how to make a good impression on your colleagues.I found you and your colleagues very friendly and open – minded. This is important when deciding where to apply.
    Ulyana Habka
    GDL Student at BPP