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  1. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

    I don't agree that they should be, but I think it's a sad reality that for *some* firms...they definitely are 😒. There are definitely factors that are a much better indicator of someone's ability to become a lawyer than the university they attended. For some employers though, I imagine they...
  2. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    I second that. It was extremely emotionally draining some days. I would have meetings or calls that lasted like 3-4 hours - because of the emotional nature you had to be really empathetic and take things at their pace. I really do think to get into this are (or family law) you need to have a...
  3. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    Massive congratulations! Although I can't say it's an area of law I want to practice in, I agree with lots of things you've said. I used to work in a team for a bank that dealt with wealthy individuals and bereavement etc. Lots of issues often related to very complex and emotional matters. Such...
  4. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    In my opinion that's maybe a little too vague and I would try and opt for something more specific that you can give a better structure to. But I'm not 100% certain. Maybe @Jessica Booker has some thoughts? ☺️ Although saying that, I don't really know what Pinsent's are expecting from us...
  5. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

    I asked this the other day. However, I'm really struggling to flesh it out as a genuine answer to reach (or be close to) the 500 word limit. However, the question specifies the achievement has to be in the past 2 years and well...I've had a horrible past two years so there's no other...
  6. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    We absolutely will 🎊 You've been amazing too! You're going to absolutely kill these VS schemes, one step closer to a TC!
  7. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    Congratulations, Mel. That's so amazing - I am so ridiculously proud of your perseverance. You deserve this so much. Hopefully you can celebrate this week! 🎊
  8. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    This is very true. However, I'm sure providing a little feedback to people who have invested lots of time and research into their firm would go a long way reputation wise! Treatment of potential employees, clients and others can have much more of a positive impact than most paid advertisements...
  9. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    That's absolutely incredible. Take time this week to celebrate! Well done!
  10. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    I'll do that, should it ever become a problem - I didn't want them to assume I had failed. Do you think it would be reasonable for me to ask (if they pushed my VS to the summer of the following year) if I could still be considered for the TC for 2023? It's very important to me and my...
  11. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    Thank you as always. Would you say it's worth disclosing why exams have been pushed back in these circumstances? In the case of DAC Beachcroft I think their VS forms part of their recruitment process, so I guess it's more likely they'd just put me on the one the following summer.
  12. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    Can absolutely vouch for the point about law societies. When I was president of a RG law soc, firms would actively seek out dropping thousands just for you to promote their presence across campus in the most minuscule ways.
  13. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    That's going to feel like an awfully long time to hear back! I'm kind of hoping they'll hold the actual scheme in July or something (considering I had to push one of my exams to August due to bereavement). @Jessica Booker - is it likely that a firm would take circumstances like this seriously...
  14. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    I absolutely agree with all of this, too. The least any company, law firm or employer can do is feedback if you're unsuccessful (after you've reached a reasonable stage in the process). I'm sure some people don't agree as strongly on this point, but bad practices and recruitment REALLY puts me...
  15. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion

    I'm sure it's somewhere in emails we've been given, but does anyone know when DAC Beachcroft intends to hold their VS? I didn't even know it formed part of the TC process and it's going to be super tricky to get the time off (If I'm lucky enough to get past VI) ✨
  16. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

    That's great! What I was trying to convey though is that you don't have to. For some people hitting a 4000 character word limit on hobbies might be hard to do! Explaining yourself clearly and concisely depends on a number of things, how many points you have, what you want to discuss etc! It's...
  17. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

    I think writing until you feel you have included all the information that is relevant is a good method to follow. Anything more than that will just sound waffley and wordy. An answer that's 350-400 words of quality is better than 500 of nothing! Besides, being clear and explaining yourself...
  18. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

    Ahhh, I thought this was a different question - clearly I've just paraphrased it haha! Also, I think a big project at work is a great example - but I think you'd have to mention why you were extremely passionate about that (as opposed to other projects you've worked on!). ☺️
  19. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

    Which part of the application is this on? I'll have to add it to my Word document! Best of luck with the application! 🥰
  20. lawnoodle

    2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

    Thanks, Jessica. I'm always skeptical about what they're actually looking for in these questions!