lawqueen

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Hi everyone!

I have secured a training contract at Bristows (2023 start) and wanted to share my story and interview questions, in the hope that it helps future applicants!

My application story:
- I applied originally in 2020, passed the video interview, did one interview with a partner and senior associate + GDPR written exercise, progressed to the final interview with two partners + [redacted] written exercise. Ultimately rejected with very positive feedback.
- Reapplied in 2021 (through regular application form), did the video interview, after not hearing back for ages I emailed HR and got fast-tracked to the final round of partner interviews (due to previous application) + [redacted] written exercise. I was then rejected at first, but *miraculously* received a call 3 weeks later offering me the TC (someone had dropped out).

So in total, I did 2 video interviews (2020 & 2021) and 3 Teams interviews (2 in 2020, and 1 in 2021), and 3 written exercises (2 in 2020, 1 in 2021).
I don't remember all the questions from all of these, but here's what I wrote down/ remember.

Video Interview 2020
3 questions, 60 secs to answer each.
- Consider your motivations
- Have a very good understanding of the firm
- Practise competency questions

Video Interview 2021
3 questions, 15 secs prep time, 60 secs to respond to Q1 and Q2 / 90 secs for Q3.
- See above

Interview 1 (July 2020)
Partner and Senior Associate, 60 minutes, Teams

  • Tell me why you came to study law in London at X University?
  • Why do you want to be a lawyer?
  • Why do you want to be a solicitor and not a barrister?
  • Why do you want to work for Bristows?
  • How do you manage conflict/ when you disagree with someone?
  • If you're at a Barbeque what would you say to a friend that makes Bristows different from its competitors? Anything distinguishing about its culture?
  • Explain to your great grandmother who knows nothing about the internet, what the internet is. Use an analogy.
  • You have unlimited resources for 24 hours, where would go/ what would you do?
  • If opposing counsel left a confidential document in the bin after a meeting and you saw this, what do you do?
  • If a team member told you to read something over for typos and email it to a client, and you find some non-minor content errors in it, what do you do? (team member has already left the office, not reachable by phone, there's no one else in the office)
  • Do you think big tech should play a bigger role in the policing of online content?
  • Tell me about a recent development in IT law / data protection law
  • Tell me about a recent development in AI regulation
  • You're a professor at a University with a promising cancer research project which has already shown some result. Your Uni will no longer give you money. How do you get funding
Interview 2 (August 2020)
2 partners, 60 minutes, Teams
  • Why did you choose X degree at X University?
  • Why law?
  • Why Bristows?
  • What skills will you need to be a good solicitor?
  • What is Data Protection?
  • discussion of the [redacted] problem exercise
  • If you couldn't become a lawyer what would you do?
Interview 3 (March 2021)
2 partners, 60 minutes, Teams
This was a more informal and free-flowing conversation, they didn't really repeat any questions they had asked me in previous interviews.
  • Introduce yourself
  • Tell us about X module you studied at University
  • Explain your research essay from X module
  • Tell us about your current job
  • What will you do until you start your LPC/TC (gap year between University and LPC start)
  • I was shown a picture with two very similar bottles of shampoo. One is by Herbal Essences, and the other is a dupe from Boots (they had a similar shape, colour palette, similar logo and names). The client (Herbal Essence) comes to you, furious over the dupe's existence. What is your reaction, how do you respond/advise the client? What steps would you take? Why might taking it to court not be advisable? (hint: since Herbal Essence relies on a good working relationship with Boots to sell their products - suing them is probably not the best option, try to find an amicable solution instead).
  • Summarise the govt's response to the Pandemic in 3 minutes.
  • What would your top 3 seats be at Bristows?
  • What do you do in your leisure time?

Written Exercise 1 July 2020

Read 4 articles about the GDPR, and write an email advising a client. 50 minutes.

Written Exercise 2 August 2020

Read an excerpt from [redacted], and answer ten questions (short answers). 60 minutes.

Written Exercise March 2021

Since I was fast-tracked to the final round of interviews in 2021, I do not know what written exercise was used in the first round. Also, it seemed they had created a new bespoke written exercise for me, as I had already done the GDPR and [redacted] the year before - other applicants may not get this exercise.

Read excerpts from [redacted] and an email from a colleague concerning how a client product is affected by the [redacted]. Draft a response to the colleague AND an email to the [redacted], asking to confirm your interpretation or clarify any issues.

That's it!! Good luck to anyone reading this, prepping for an interview!
 
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    Hi everyone!

    I have secured a training contract at Bristows (2023 start) and wanted to share my story and interview questions, in the hope that it helps future applicants!

    My application story:
    - I applied originally in 2020, passed the video interview, did one interview with a partner and senior associate + GDPR written exercise, progressed to the final interview with two partners + [redacted] written exercise. Ultimately rejected with very positive feedback.
    - Reapplied in 2021 (through regular application form), did the video interview, after not hearing back for ages I emailed HR and got fast-tracked to the final round of partner interviews (due to previous application) + [redacted] written exercise. I was then rejected at first, but *miraculously* received a call 3 weeks later offering me the TC (someone had dropped out).

    So in total, I did 2 video interviews (2020 & 2021) and 3 Teams interviews (2 in 2020, and 1 in 2021), and 3 written exercises (2 in 2020, 1 in 2021).
    I don't remember all the questions from all of these, but here's what I wrote down/ remember.

    Video Interview 2020
    3 questions, 60 secs to answer each.
    - Consider your motivations
    - Have a very good understanding of the firm
    - Practise competency questions

    Video Interview 2021
    3 questions, 15 secs prep time, 60 secs to respond to Q1 and Q2 / 90 secs for Q3.
    - See above

    Interview 1 (July 2020)
    Partner and Senior Associate, 60 minutes, Teams

    • Tell me why you came to study law in London at X University?
    • Why do you want to be a lawyer?
    • Why do you want to be a solicitor and not a barrister?
    • Why do you want to work for Bristows?
    • How do you manage conflict/ when you disagree with someone?
    • If you're at a Barbeque what would you say to a friend that makes Bristows different from its competitors? Anything distinguishing about its culture?
    • Explain to your great grandmother who knows nothing about the internet, what the internet is. Use an analogy.
    • You have unlimited resources for 24 hours, where would go/ what would you do?
    • If opposing counsel left a confidential document in the bin after a meeting and you saw this, what do you do?
    • If a team member told you to read something over for typos and email it to a client, and you find some non-minor content errors in it, what do you do? (team member has already left the office, not reachable by phone, there's no one else in the office)
    • Do you think big tech should play a bigger role in the policing of online content?
    • Tell me about a recent development in IT law / data protection law
    • Tell me about a recent development in AI regulation
    • You're a professor at a University with a promising cancer research project which has already shown some result. Your Uni will no longer give you money. How do you get funding
    Interview 2 (August 2020)
    2 partners, 60 minutes, Teams
    • Why did you choose X degree at X University?
    • Why law?
    • Why Bristows?
    • What skills will you need to be a good solicitor?
    • What is Data Protection?
    • discussion of the [redacted] problem exercise
    • If you couldn't become a lawyer what would you do?
    Interview 3 (March 2021)
    2 partners, 60 minutes, Teams
    This was a more informal and free-flowing conversation, they didn't really repeat any questions they had asked me in previous interviews.
    • Introduce yourself
    • Tell us about X module you studied at University
    • Explain your research essay from X module
    • Tell us about your current job
    • What will you do until you start your LPC/TC (gap year between University and LPC start)
    • I was shown a picture with two very similar bottles of shampoo. One is by Herbal Essences, and the other is a dupe from Boots (they had a similar shape, colour palette, similar logo and names). The client (Herbal Essence) comes to you, furious over the dupe's existence. What is your reaction, how do you respond/advise the client? What steps would you take? Why might taking it to court not be advisable? (hint: since Herbal Essence relies on a good working relationship with Boots to sell their products - suing them is probably not the best option, try to find an amicable solution instead).
    • Summarise the govt's response to the Pandemic in 3 minutes.
    • What would your top 3 seats be at Bristows?
    • What do you do in your leisure time?

    Written Exercise 1 July 2020

    Read 4 articles about the GDPR, and write an email advising a client. 50 minutes.

    Written Exercise 2 August 2020

    Read an excerpt from [redacted], and answer ten questions (short answers). 60 minutes.

    Written Exercise March 2021

    Since I was fast-tracked to the final round of interviews in 2021, I do not know what written exercise was used in the first round. Also, it seemed they had created a new bespoke written exercise for me, as I had already done the GDPR and [redacted] the year before - other applicants may not get this exercise.

    Read excerpts from [redacted] and an email from a colleague concerning how a client product is affected by the [redacted]. Draft a response to the colleague AND an email to the [redacted], asking to confirm your interpretation or clarify any issues.

    That's it!! Good luck to anyone reading this, prepping for an interview!
    Huge congrats! You'll have to change that username now :)
     
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