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    Who are our competitors?

    Just chipping in there if that's ok - I don't necessarily think it's always so black and white. In an answer to a question about competitors, there's not really a correct answer as such (unless you compare wildly different firms to each other)...it's much more about demonstrating your...
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    I think it may just be the wording in the email as they have said at grad events that they do read all applications. I don't think it necessarily matters when you apply, but all the same, I know a PFO is never fun.
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    In terms of what to talk about - I would personally approach it like a normal conversation if it's an informal networking session. Of course, find out any information you want from the person you're speaking with, but quite often people just want to work with someone who they can see themselves...
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    Are Legal Cheek Schemes Pointless?

    It depends how you use the opportunities on the scheme. When I did it, there were some useful topical discussions/panel sessions and also the opportunity to network with firms. Some of the tasks were useful to help understand the kind of work a commercial law firm does. So it's very much a case...
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    How old is too old for Vacation Scheme Applications?

    When I did my vac scheme I was on the other side of 30 already. Being a bit older, I was careful to apply to firms that I knew would potentially appreciate that experience. I think a lot of it comes down to mindset - I didn't really see my age as a hindrance and more as an advantage. I've worked...
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    TCLA General Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    They may well not have a publicly available annual report. Unlike public companies, there is no obligation for them to publish a report.
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    For what it's worth, there was speculation last year on the forum that they don't review all apps. But that's all it was, speculation - based on the wording of an email the grad rec team had sent out. I'm under the impression that they do review all apps but only send out rejections in bulk at...
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    Antitrust Law

    For anyone interested, just seen on LinkedIn that Clifford Chance have launched a virtual antitrust internship...
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    It's actually more of a nuanced question than initially appears. I think the best way to approach it is by looking at rankings (in Legal 500, Chambers etc.) and use that to find how firms compete with each other in different practice areas.
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    I've had success at 2 silver circle firms - feel free to message me if you want to discuss further. I'm an early 30s career changer.
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    It was useful - I think any feedback you can get will help refine answers and alert you to things you might not have otherwise noticed is great. Also a good opportunity to practice answers before you get to the real thing. They do keep it quite open and let you practice what you think you need...
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    If what you're saying is substantive and adds something to your answer, then 3 minutes is fine. If you're rambling then not so much! For my interviews, I personally spoke for between 2.5-3 minutes for the 'why this firm' question - the feedback I had in mock interviews (with Aspiring Solicitors)...
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    What is a law firm's business services sector?

    I'm not sure if this is the case, but could it be a role within the non-legal part of the business? Business services can entail areas such as Business Development, HR, Knowledge/Innovation, Tech etc. Basically anything that can support lawyers to do their work. Hard to know from the description...
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    I would also advise to put it through a text-to-speech reader - I caught a number of errors each time when it was being read out that I probably would've otherwise missed.
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Fair enough - I think you have the benefit of being experienced in a job already and have probably developed internal strategies to cope with your stress, which is one way to do it and can be applied to the law firm application process. I'm in a similar position, having previously been a...
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Yes absolutely, completely agree - there are positive and negative ways to relieve stress and everyone does have to be mindful of how it may effect others!
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    While I agree with your sentiment, it's probably healthier for people to let some their insecurities and fears out in a supportive and safe environment. The reality of the situation is that it's a stressful, long and pretty brutal application process - being in a forum where others can...
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Yep this is correct for some firms, for example although the HSF test is not timed, I think they consider the time taken when scoring.
  19. K

    TCLA General Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    I waited almost 3 months after my test for the interview at BCLP ;)
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    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    For me personally, I think I would focus more on the range and quality of services that the firm can offer to clients. CSR/pro bono can be a small part of a client's attraction to a firm but if we're being honest, clients hire firms to do work for them so this should probably be the priority in...