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    New Twitter Account

    Hi all! TCLA finally created a new Twitter profile, the username is @OfficialTCLA . If you enjoy our little community, please show your support and give us a follow and retweet our content! This can help to promote the platform, increase our reach and have more crowd-sourced guidance and...
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    Main Challenges Facing Commercial Law Firms Today?

    Hello everyone, in prepping for interviews and ACs, I have decided this is one of the trickier questions I have come across. Reason being, this is such a general question and it is so easy to slip up and talk about something cliche (BRExit) but how is it NOT possible to talk about Brexit??? It's...
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    Smart Contracts - a 2 minute read

    I have been reading up lately on smart contracts and found it interesting. So I would like to share a few things here on what I have learnt! what are smart contracts?: Smart contracts are a blockchain-based technology which executes and self-perform through coded instructions based on the...
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    Which Law firms do not recruit heavily from Vac Schemes?

    As winter vacation scheme applications are coming to an end, I was wondering if anyone is thinking of applying straight for a TC? If so, information on whether firms recruit heavily from vacation schemes are important to understand the likelihood to be accepted for a TC. Awhile ago, I was...
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    Hearing Back from Firms + AC & Interview Tips Share - 2018 - 2019

    As interviewing and AC season is coming upon us, I wanted to start a thread for us to share whether we have heard back about any successful applications, as well as provide each other support and tips for upcoming interviews and ACs! So far I have only heard back from rejections and waiting for...
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    Why does a career in a city law firm interest you?

    I recently stumbled upon this question from a Sidley Austin application. "Why does a career in a city law firm interest you?" I know it is a straight forward question, but it as almost too straight forward, I was at a loss for words. A few things I can think of are a wide breadth of legal work...
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    How are your personal values aligned to those of X firm, and how will this support you?

    Hi everyone, this was a unique question I came across when I was completing a Burges Salmon application 2 years ago. I was wondering if anyone has a tip on how to answer questions like these? what structure is best to cover everything I need for this question? Please leave your thoughts below...
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    Pros and Cons of a Sector-based Approach

    More and more firms are heading towards a sector-based strategy. When I was in an Osborne Clarke interview, this was something they particularly emphasised. I have observed that this is also something Burges Salmon is beginning to display in their strategy. So I think it would be helpful to...
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    Here's some background, I graduated from Cardiff Uni with a low 2:1, my module marks have a mixture of 2:2 and 2:1, and went on to do my LLM in UoB. My A-Levels were pretty mediocre with an ABBB (doing four subjects actually saved me from a few applications because firms often want AAB) However...
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    Why Law?

    This is an honest question, I want to know what led you to this path and why you want to pursue law. I often find it interesting to hear people from different paths (especially GDL students) and interests that have ended up in the same destination as I am. I have met several people with crazy...
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    Vacation Scheme Application Advice - Enter your competition responses here!

    Per @Jaysen 's request, I have decided to start a thread on offering advice to all prospective vac schemers on how to write a strong application. This is my approach to writing a strong application. There are several different categorisations of questions in these applications, and I will write...
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    Herbert Smith Freehills Online Assessment?

    Hi, has anyone done a HSF online assessment? Where should I go to practise this?
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    Resources to Practise the Watson Glaser Test

    I took the time out to collate some resources to ace in the WG Test, feel free to share any more free and accessible resources below! Practise questions: https://www.wikijob.co.uk/aptitude-test/watson-glaser https://www.assessmentday.co.uk/watson-glaser-critical-thinking.htm...
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    Watson Glaser Test Tips

    Hello everyone, I am recently starting to prepare for my WG Test after submitting a few applications. I have come to discover a few things about the test. Here's a bit of background for the test: - It consists of (i)Arguments Section (ii)Assumptions Section (iii)Deductions Section (iv)...
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    Law Firms' Mergers

    There are many different kinds of firm mergers/relationships we see lately. Just to name a few, there's the "best friends network" strategy, the fully financial integration, Swiss Vereins etc... I was wondering what are the differences and nuances of these mergers (eg: challenges or benefits)...
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    List of non-Visa Sponsor Firms

    Hello, being an international student myself, I often find problems with law firms which sponsor visas, especially after completing the application. For the sake of convenience, a list of firms that DONT sponsor Tier 2 visas should be listed. Here are a few: 1. Kennedy's 2. Bristows (However...
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    Assessment Centre Tips

    Hello, I have gone to a few assessment centres but never got offered a training contract. Every time I receive feedback, it's because "my answers are not in-depth enough". Was wondering if anyone can share your assessment centre experiences and concrete tips on writing tests and presentation...

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