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  1. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    If you went to a UK uni they tend to ask the uni direct, there is a system that gives them access to results
  2. AlexJ

    SQE timings

    Timeline for sponsored would look like- Apply Sept-Dec this year AC - Feb- may VS- summer Start PGDL (conversion) Sept 25 Start SQE prep Course Sept 26 Sit SQE Jan 27 Sit SQE 2 April 27 Start TC Sept 27
  3. AlexJ

    Vacation scheme application - Writing about a case

    Recent cases are better. The news/ articles section of the website is the best place to start, but legal500/ Chambers will have a list of notable cases / deals that the firm chooses to highlight, although some of these can be older. The most important part is to explain WHY you found it...
  4. AlexJ

    Spontaneous TC Journey

    Really sorry to hear this, have been following your journey for a while. Although it hurts now, you will be able to take this experience and draw on it in the future. A vac scheme is good experience that you will be able to draw on in future applications. I also encourage you to seek out...
  5. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    It will take a while, has to go through the US
  6. AlexJ

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2023-24

    W&C receives about 4000 applications per year
  7. AlexJ

    Preparing for the SQE

    You don’t have much time to learn the underlying law- although the materials we were given were quite helpful. It might be useful to get these off someone currently doing the course to look at over summer
  8. AlexJ

    How to answer 'why this firm' when there's no information available about their cases?

    Have you tried reaching out to grad rec/ trainees at the firm on LinkedIn? This is how I got insight on firms difficult to research. The firm will be aware this is the case and happy to help in my experience
  9. AlexJ

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2023-24

    It’s unlikely as a junior you would be advising a client directly. I imagine that different firms would have different policies over what is signed off in what way.
  10. AlexJ

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2023-24

    This tends to depend on whether the letter is signed from an individual or on behalf of the firm
  11. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    Last year there were 2. This year as far as I know they wanted to run March 25 first and then 1-2 more for the later spots.
  12. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    Congrats x3! Replying on here for fairness and so I don’t have the same conversation multiple times😅 Some tips: 1. Know your application- the interview is not CV blind. I put basic Spanish on my application as a throwaway and was asked about it. 2. Know the firm as much as possible- the...
  13. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    I think last year all the invites went out at once, but I don’t know that for sure. I don’t know if the people with AC invites are for March 25, as I know they wanted to fill that first.
  14. AlexJ

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2023-24

    Trainees are very busy, I wouldn’t take it personally.
  15. AlexJ

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2023-24

    It is easier to get things fixed when grad rec does the complaining for you!
  16. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    See my reply to this here- I wouldn’t be worried
  17. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    That’s actually quite accurate 😂
  18. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    Final interview is with 6 partners! Last year it was a presentation and questions on that, followed by general questions. Other than that this is correct.
  19. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    It was 30 last year, as there is the final interview after.
  20. AlexJ

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2023-4

    I imagine that the interviews are more likely to be the end of March than the beginning, grad rec is currently busy with seat changes, new starters and qualifiers. Last year we had less than 2 weeks notice to the AC, and all invites were sent together.

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