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  1. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    No I've had nothing since a holding email in like February
  2. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    2 months in Travers limbo, just put me out of my misery already
  3. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Yeah you should do. I didn't go to my GDL one and my LLM one has been postponed cause of covid, but to the best of my knowledge most schools do them.
  4. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    I think though that wearing a suit during a vac scheme is a logical extension of the 'dress for your day' policy that tends to sit behind smart-casual, insofar as the vac scheme is in some sense a protracted interview. Realistically though grad rec will likely be forthcoming about what is or is...
  5. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Yeah I think even at the more relaxed firms businesswear is best for short term things like open days, vac schemes and ofc interviews. On vac schemes maybe dress down on Fridays if casual Friday is an actually instituted norm.
  6. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Ofc also good, if you can, to foster client relationships, and worth mentioning but it's good to recognise that depending on the firm that may be limited at trainee stage
  7. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Imo also mention relationships with support staff. As a paralegal at a US firm I get most of my work from associates, but trainees take on a lot of work that can be passed down - trainees can be uncomfortable with delegating, but I like to make the point that the chargeout is higher for trainees...
  8. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Anyone else still in the aether with Travers?
  9. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    This is a great answer and I think a key thing is focusing on the points that stand out to you most. Very easy to agonise over this kind of question ad nauseum - @Paul - Shearman & Sterling will have had the misfortune of reading my overwrought answers to this question on several occasions...
  10. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    People do it all the time but I think it's a bit silly - you haven't done anything, you haven't gained any experience. That said, you *have* been vetted by grad rec somewhere and that serves as a shorthand to grad rec elsewhere that you're worth taking seriously. There's also the benefit of...
  11. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Loads of people with whom I did the GDL had MAs, many from oxbridge, and I got the impression that for most it was an asset - they largely were going to the bar, which I gather places a bit more value on that kind of thing, but conversely is far more selective on net than the vast majority of...
  12. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    However probably worth querying grad rec directly to clarify
  13. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Imo if it's in Yorkshire you should be fine
  14. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    What they do, why they do it, how they got there are all worth asking. As you go through the kind of boilerplate questions little bits will come up that you can follow into more detail to improve understanding and build rapport
  15. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Not unreasonable to bring it up at interview - I had one interview recently where salary came up in the first 5 minutes and we called it a day cause their budget was a massive lowball compared to what was on the table for other roles I was in process for - it was good to not waste anyone's time...
  16. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    This shouldn't be a huge deal - I've had screeners simply be unable to verify things (as an international man of mystery) and they've either dropped or just asked me to sign something attesting that it's true
  17. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Through to interview at V&E? Huge congrats!
  18. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Also, critically, remember that not getting a particular role doesn't really reflect on you - I loved a few jobs i interviewed for in the past couple months, interviews went great, recruiters reported great feedback, but they didn't pan out. These things happen - I ended up with multiple offers...
  19. Rob93

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Everyone starts somewhere. I've known a few people who went to paralegal at big international/US firms with no prior experience and absolutely killed it. If they've invited you to interview, they're not too fussed about experience levels - they've seen your CV. They'll want to see a willingness...