I'm pleased to say Jessica Booker, a former graduate recruiter for a variety of magic circle firms, has joined our forum team.
You can use this thread to ask Jess any questions relating to the application and interview process. Jess will also be around to answer questions throughout the forum.
For more details about her background:
Jessica Booker started her career in graduate recruitment for law firms. Over nine years, she worked for three Magic Circle law firms and one regional law firm, focusing on bringing candidates through the recruitment process as well as campus marketing.
In 2014, Jess decided to work as a freelancer setting up her company Star Potential. Since then, she has worked on a variety of legal recruitment and employability projects for a wide range of law firms, universities and other organisations in the sector, like the Law Society.
The other day I spoke to someone who went through three recruitment rounds before finally being offered a training contract with a great firm. I’m on my second (likely unsuccessful) round and I’m trying not to give up hope, so I find stories like this really inspiring and would love to hear them.
Current and future trainees, did anyone have to go through more than one recruitment round to get a training contract? What happened? Why do you think you were ultimately successful?
Looking forward to hearing some inspiring stories!
I'm pleased to say one of our long-time forum members, @Abstruser, has kindly agreed to answer any questions you have on this thread.
She is a future trainee at a Magic Circle law firm, and a first-class law graduate. She secured multiple training contract offers in her second cycle of applications as an international, non-EU student. She is currently studying the LPC.
You might want to use this thread to ask about how she worked on applications, went about developing commercial awareness or even tips for securing a first. Abstruser will be sharing her advice based on her own journey and experiences, but it's worth noting - there are many ways to approach all of these things and what works for one person might be different for another.
As you may have already seen via LinkedIn/email:
We’re running our first event, an intensive one-day training session to help you guys secure training contracts.
t’s not just us who will be teaching. We’ve brought together some super talented people across the profession to teach you about mergers and acquisitions, legal technology and how the City works.
We’ll also share our best advice for writing applications that stand out, give you access to detailed checklists on current commercial topics and provide one-to-one application feedback.
Ultimately, we hope the event will help you become an exceptional candidate.
It’s on Saturday 9 November 2019 in Central London.
As it’s a training session, tickets are very limited – so if you can’t make this crash course, we hope to invite you to the next.
We’re keen for this event to be open to all aspiring lawyers, which is why we’re also happy to launch the TCLA Scholarship Fund.
You can check out more details on the events...