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Jessica Booker

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Hello @Jessica Booker.

What would your advice be for video interview dress code? I have seen varying opinions so far, with some suggesting a business casual outfit (eg sweater and a shirt under), while others recommend wearing suit and tie..
I think advice has changed in the last couple of years. My advice pre Covid would have been to wear a suit and tie. However, with remote interviews/meetings and people working in their homes this has become much more open minded. I would make sure you look smart - eg the type of thing you might wear if you meeting your partners parents for the first time and wanted to make a good impression - but I don’t think you need to be suited and booted. A collared shirt would be sufficient rather than a full suit and tie.
 
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Hello @Jessica Booker!

Hope you're well.

I would like to re-apply to a firm where I was rejected after VI last year. While I was looking over my old application and the firm's website, I realised that in the previous year they did not really work on (or have not disclosed) any big project development and finance matter (the area I am interested in). The firm is relatively small and I believe that these projects take years to develop, but I am not sure whether it is appropriate to mention projects from 2016 or 2018 as I don't want to come across as I did not pay attention to the dates. What do you think?

Thank you very much!
 

Jessica Booker

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Hello @Jessica Booker!

Hope you're well.

I would like to re-apply to a firm where I was rejected after VI last year. While I was looking over my old application and the firm's website, I realised that in the previous year they did not really work on (or have not disclosed) any big project development and finance matter (the area I am interested in). The firm is relatively small and I believe that these projects take years to develop, but I am not sure whether it is appropriate to mention projects from 2016 or 2018 as I don't want to come across as I did not pay attention to the dates. What do you think?

Thank you very much!
Do you need to mention this specific projects? With many applications it may not actually add anything to an application by citing a specific project. It doesn’t necessarily back up your motivation and other evidence could be used.
 
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Hi @Jessica Booker

I'm preparing for an AC and just wondering about the question tell me about yourself. Should I approach it as a bit of a story in terms of from school, to deciding to study law and then my current position? Or is it more about your hobbies/interests?
Think of it more as an elevator pitch than your story. What you talk about it completely up to you, but think about what are the three key things you’d want to interviewer to know about you and remember rather than trying to summarise everything about you (which they won’t remember). Also consider what information they have about you already.
 
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    Please see my auto response, and if your query does not relate to the things mentioned in the auto response, please post in the forums.
    Hi! I posted in the VS app thread yesterday but did not tag anyone (my mistake). In my message I added more details about the specific firm names and didn't want to seem like I was spamming the main VS forum or sounding ungrateful. I have edited the original post to tag you. Thanks for your prompt response.
     

    keepmewherethelightis

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    1) I'd provide the GPA and your 1-100 module grades. Firms will know what a GPA is, so there isn't a need to explain this, especially if you are also providing your individual 1-100 module grade scores.

    2) Yes, that is an appropriate approach to take as long as your explanation for the grading system is as concise as possible.
    Thank you for your reply, @Jessica Booker! Just to clarify - the grading scale of the GPA my University uses is not a generic 10 point scale. Also, as I mentioned, there is no space to provide the grading scale explanation. In light of this and as the application states "Provide all grades in percentage terms" and reads "0-100" above the text box, should I still mention the GPA? I could mention it as "GPA: X/Y" (X out of Y), in front of the marks obtained, albeit without any explanation.

    Thank you!
     

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    Thank you for your reply, @Jessica Booker! Just to clarify - the grading scale of the GPA my University uses is not a generic 10 point scale. Also, as I mentioned, there is no space to provide the grading scale explanation. In light of this and as the application states "Provide all grades in percentage terms" and reads "0-100" above the text box, should I still mention the GPA? I could mention it as "GPA: X/Y" (X out of Y), in front of the marks obtained, albeit without any explanation.

    Thank you!

    Thank you!
    is your GPA a standard maximum of 4.0? If so, this won’t need to be explained.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Hi @Jessica Booker is it okay when answering 'why the law firm' aspect of the cover letter to only discuss the culture and practice areas rather than a deal?
    Definitely. A deal is unlikely to add anything unless you can really tie it back to how the specifics of the deal align with your interests.
     
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    Jessica Booker

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    Hi! I posted in the VS app thread yesterday but did not tag anyone (my mistake). In my message I added more details about the specific firm names and didn't want to seem like I was spamming the main VS forum or sounding ungrateful. I have edited the original post to tag you. Thanks for your prompt response.
    Sorry, can you direct me to the post? The forums are so busy at the moment, I can’t find it.
     

    EVjuji

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    Hello @Jessica Booker

    I have a question regarding questions in Capp assessments where you have to drag a slider along a scale. Let's assume on the left of the scale is "completing your work on time" and on the right is "ensuring your work is free of errors". If I drag the slider entirely to the right, does that mean I am 100% completing my work on time and 0% ensuring my work is free of errors? What if I drag the slider to the middle? Does it mean I am both attributes 100% or 50/50?

    Thank you very much!
     

    futuretraineesolicitor

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    Hello @Jessica Booker

    I have a question regarding questions in Capp assessments where you have to drag a slider along a scale. Let's assume on the left of the scale is "completing your work on time" and on the right is "ensuring your work is free of errors". If I drag the slider entirely to the right, does that mean I am 100% completing my work on time and 0% ensuring my work is free of errors? What if I drag the slider to the middle? Does it mean I am both attributes 100% or 50/50?

    Thank you very much!
    Hey. I think if you drag it to the extreme right, it shows that you prefer submitting work that is error-free even if it means missing the deadline. If you place it in the middle, it might mean that your preference is submitting error-free work that's got to go out in time, so here the deadline + the quality, both are imp and your work preference is a healthy mix of both.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong though, I was just trying to have a go but even I'm interested in hearing what Jess has to say.
     

    EVjuji

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    Hey. I think if you drag it to the extreme right, it shows that you prefer submitting work that is error-free even if it means missing the deadline. If you place it in the middle, it might mean that your preference is submitting error-free work that's got to go out in time, so here the deadline + the quality, both are imp and your work preference is a healthy mix of both.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong though, I was just trying to have a go but even I'm interested in hearing what Jess has to say.
    Thank you for this. This is also my understanding but wanted to have confirmed it.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Hello @Jessica Booker

    I have a question regarding questions in Capp assessments where you have to drag a slider along a scale. Let's assume on the left of the scale is "completing your work on time" and on the right is "ensuring your work is free of errors". If I drag the slider entirely to the right, does that mean I am 100% completing my work on time and 0% ensuring my work is free of errors? What if I drag the slider to the middle? Does it mean I am both attributes 100% or 50/50?

    Thank you very much!
    It's ultimately asking which one is of most importance to you. Say you have 100 instances where you have to choose one or the other, which one would you naturally go for if you were the only one making the decision/influencing the factors.

    If you went in the middle you are saying you are 50/50 (half the time you would go with errors/half the time you would go with missing the deadline) - otherwise everyone would just go halfway all the time to claim they are both.
     

    keepmewherethelightis

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    is your GPA a standard maximum of 4.0? If so, this won’t need to be explained.
    No, the GPA isn't a standard maximum of 4.0 either. (Different Indian law schools follow different GPA scales, although I think a 4 point GPA isn't followed in India a lot). Considering this, and that there is no space to explain the grading scale, should I not mention the GPA to make it less complicated for Grad Rec? I do have the marks for each module out of 100 as the form requires and would include that, of course!

    Thank you so much, @Jessica Booker! :)