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YB

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Dec 21, 2019
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Hi Gemma! @WillkieGemma

I hope you are having a great day! Thank you so much for doing this.

I just finished my law undergraduate and I am now enrolled on the LPC. I had a question about the application form, specifically question three which states "Please tell us about your achievements and positions of responsibility". I would be very grateful for your response.

- I wanted ask how we can avoid answering this question by repeating the same information from the work experience section? Would you recommend we don't write in the work experience section what we want to write in this section?
- Secondly, I wanted to ask what is the best way to approach this question! Since it is only 250 words is it best to simply simply state our achievements and responsibilities similar to a work experience section or selecting just one or two experiences and expanding into them?

Thank you so much!
 
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WillkieGemma

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Nov 4, 2021
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Hi @YB Thanks for your message!

My advice would be that you should never repeat anything in your application - you can draw out work-related achievements that you didn't include in the work experience section but you shouldn't repeat the same thing. The achievements and interests section can also include extra curricular activities, such as volunteering, sports, drama, music, positions of responsibility, community based work and pro bono. The word count is I think 500 and personally, I would include everything of note, rather than editing out your achievements.

Many thanks
Gemma
 

YB

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Dec 21, 2019
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Hi @YB Thanks for your message!

My advice would be that you should never repeat anything in your application - you can draw out work-related achievements that you didn't include in the work experience section but you shouldn't repeat the same thing. The achievements and interests section can also include extra curricular activities, such as volunteering, sports, drama, music, positions of responsibility, community based work and pro bono. The word count is I think 500 and personally, I would include everything of note, rather than editing out your achievements.

Many thanks
Gemma
Thank you so much for this!
 
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Kayla Prendergast

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Nov 17, 2021
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Hi Gemma! Thank you for providing guidance on our applications.

1) If successful, can a future trainee request to start their training contract earlier (e.g. beginning of the year rather than typically in September)?
2) What is the opinion of the firm of an applicant interested in passing the New York / California bar? Will this be accepted or discouraged?

Kind regards,

Kayla
 
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WillkieGemma

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Hi Gemma! Thank you for providing guidance on our applications.

1) If successful, can a future trainee request to start their training contract earlier (e.g. beginning of the year rather than typically in September)?
2) What is the opinion of the firm of an applicant interested in passing the New York / California bar? Will this be accepted or discouraged?

Kind regards,

Kayla
Hi @Kayla Prendergast

Thanks for your message - please see my answers below:

1. Our start date is in the September of each year - we have five trainees joining us each year and we prefer them to start at the same time. If we have a vacancy in an earlier intake, then we would let you know as and when the vacancy arises.
2. Several of our London-based lawyers are qualified in more than one jurisdiction. If it is relevant to your practice after qualification and something that interests you then, great!

I hope that helps,
Gemma
 
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WillkieGemma

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Hi @corplaw0702 They are based on the individual stages. In particular, the third assessment stage, the written exercise, is completely anonymous. Each candidate is given a number, rather than a name (only I have the key) and each exercise is marked by two assessors. If the marks given by each assessor are at odds with each other, that exercise then goes to a third person for moderation. All the assessors are associates or partners.

do let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks!
Gemma
 

WillkieGemma

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Hi @Jnh222

Thanks for your message. I really don't want to sound as if I'm fobbing you off, but it's really important to us that all candidates receive the same information about each stage of the process, so the information contained in email from me (should you have been invited) is all I can give you or direct you to. Any other information wouldn't be fair on others. I hope you understand!

Thanks
Gemma
 
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