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Just a heads up, the Spring & Summer vacation scheme deadline for Shearman & Sterling is the 19th January 2020.
From the firm's recruitment page:
Our vacation schemes are the perfect way to gain an insight into life at Shearman & Sterling. The scheme will see you experience two diverse practice groups (one each week), with your personal preferences catered to. The scheme aims to mirror the Training Contract in that everyone will experience at least one of our core transactional groups (M&A, Finance and Project Development & Finance) as well as being allocated a mentor and supervisor to provide advice and support, answer any questions and most...
TCLA Year In Review 2019It’s hard to put into words how incredible this year has been.
I plan to start writing these reviews at the end of each year to take stock of what we’ve achieved so far and map out where we’re hoping to go in the future. Hopefully, it'll also give you guys an insight into TCLA on a more personal level.
Before I get to what I’ve learned this year, I want to touch on the first year of starting TCLA because I’ve never really talked about that in much detail.
I started TCLA in February 2018. Prior to that, you guys probably know by now that I was a trainee - for a few months - at the US-based law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Sometimes when people see where we’re at right now, it can seem like starting a company is easy. I can tell that you that it isn't. Leaving Weil and starting TCLA was a rollercoaster of emotions, and that first year, in particular, was very tough. At the time, I had no idea if it was going to work, how I was...
Currently working on the Mayer Brown vac scheme application, any advice would be appreciated!
I am specifically wondering, for the work experience section, would it be encouraged for us to detail the specific competencies that we developed/utilised in the work? Or should we be more subtle about them?
Thank you so much!
We have one position available to join our commercial writers' team. This position will begin 9 December 2019 and end 7 February 2020.
You'll work closely with TCLA and the rest of the team to produce a 300-350 word commercial update each week. This is a great chance to improve your writing skills, develop your commercial awareness ahead of interviews, and reach a substantial audience (thousands read our newsletters each week!). We'll also give you free access to TCLA Premium.
To apply, please send a short cover letter highlighting why you'd be a good fit to email@example.com. Please also attach a relevant writing sample.
We expect to receive many applications, so to increase your chances of being picked, note that we care most about the quality of your writing. Your commercial understanding is something you'll develop along the way .
Applications close 10 December 2019.
I'm delighted to say that the Shearman & Sterling graduate recruitment team (Paul Gascoyne and Alexandra Roots) will be running this Ask Me Anything thread. A big welcome to them to the forum.
As with the other threads, feel free to post any questions you have at any time and they will respond at their convenience.
I'll leave this to you guys, but you might want to use this as an opportunity to better craft your applications to the firm, learn more about what it means to work at Shearman & Sterling, and/or ask any questions that you would have loved to ask at an open day.
I've applied to a number of summer VS' now and it has almost been two months since my initial applications. I have yet to hear back from many and I am starting to get worried as I know a fair few people that have already been invited to assessment centres. So I was wondering if any of you have applied in previous cycles and know if firms send out rejection emails to applicants (post initial application, watson glaser or vid interview). Also, the firms I have applied to supposedly interview on a rolling basis.
Just something I wanted to flag up, so I can feel a little less guilty!
I'm completely floored at the moment and it's quite a challenge to respond to the number of messages I receive. So I can make this more efficient:
- If you have a general question you wanted to ask me, please could you tag me in a forum thread rather than sending me a private message or contacting me via LinkedIn.
- If your issue is sensitive, please could you email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have a question to do with your premium membership, please could you email me at email@example.com.
- I do our application reviews in the evenings, so if you're waiting on one back, you'll likely receive it back between 5-10pm. If you haven't heard by then, please feel free to drop me an email (but you should have!).
Does anyone have any advice for managing time between applications, keeping up with the news, practising case studies, interview prep, full-time work/studies and other commitments? I am literally sleeping five hours a night at the moment and still not managing to cover all areas.
Any tips would be welcome!
I thought I might start a thread where I just list out some of the simple/small mistakes that are often made in applications. I will add to this thread as and when I am reading applications or reminded of points that come up.
Please note most of these are common mistakes made by a lot of candidates! Some of them aren't necessarily "mistakes" as such, some will just be things that are completely unnecessary and can be cut from forms (useful if you are trying to get word count down)….
So here goes.....
@Jaysen has asked me to update the list of firms that accept applications on a rolling and non-rolling basis for the 2019-20 cycle.
If anyone has anything to update or add to the list, please feel free to leave a comment. Otherwise, I hope you all find this useful and good luck with your applications!
Law firms which recruit on a rolling basis:
Addleshaw Goddard (Facebook 2015)
Allen & Overy (website)
Ashurst (Facebook 2015)
Just a heads up that I’ll be upgrading our servers tonight (so we can handle the traffic a bit better).
Hopefully that time will cause the least disruption, but please note, you may have difficulties accessing TCLA over the next 24 hours (48 at most). You may also note that any posts made or messages sent in this time may disappear.
Apologies in advance for any inconvenience!
This is just a little something I wrote this week as I have heard firms have started making their decisions on Winter Vac Shemes and Open Day places. I really hope this helps some of you and please stay positive!!
The application stage is, in my personal opinion, the toughest hurdle to clear. It can be so difficult trying to put your personality across in an application whilst also trying to write in a way that shows your research, commercial awareness and excitement towards a firm. I am writing tips on how to cope with application rejections specifically here in the view to writing more tips about the other application stages, since they each require different skills and capabilities. I hope these tips help and resonate with some of you and, though I sound like a stuck record, it is important to remember it is ‘when’ not ‘if’ and that with a bit...
Hope you are all well and having a great week!
I just thought I’d start a new thread about which commercial related questions and topics came up last year at interviews and ACs. I think these can be the toughest and most curve-ball questions so it would be good to maybe compile what we all experienced so that we can be as prepared as possible this cycle!!
For me, I had ‘please tell us about a recent news story and why it would impact a law firm like us’. And I was also given an M&A case study and asked to discuss which departments would be involved with the deal. In a VI, I was also asked to talk about a business I admire and why
Interested to hear what you guys had!!
Just a quick note from me:
Spending hours and hours on applications, interviews and vacation schemes, only to receive a rejection, is mentally very tough. If you're struggling, feeling demotivated, wondering if you'll every make it through this process, that's nothing to be ashamed of.
You are talented and someone WILL see your value. Just give it time. Equally, you are not defined by the offers and rejections you receive. If others around you are receiving offers, that doesn't mean you're an inferior person - it just wasn't your time.
You don't have to be happy all the time. You don't need to pretend like everything is OK when it isn't. When you're surrounded by perfect lives on Instagram and LinkedIn, it can feel like you're alone. We promise you that you are not.
If you have any private/sensitive questions that can’t be answered on the graduate recruiter thread, feel free to drop me or @Jessica Booker a private message. @Alice...
It is the start of a new month and we have some new commercial stories to share with you.
We really hope you enjoy these and that you find them useful. Your feedback is always welcome and very much valued, so please do let us know your thoughts We have a growing presence on social media with a new instagram account so remember to head over there for more updates from the team too!
Hope you are all having a great start to October, all the very best with your applications, and happy reading!!
1. Novartis Pairs Up with Microsoft for AI Drug Development @Alice G
2. Back to Basics: Cybersecurity for Law Firms @Jaysen
3. India’s Corporate Tax Cut @Sara Moon
Novartis Pairs Up with Microsoft for AI Drug Development @Alice G...
We've started teaching daily commercial awareness on Instagram. You can give us a follow here: https://www.instagram.com/thecorporatelawacademy/.
If you don't have Instagram, don't worry - I'll start including these posts in our emails:
Here's a sample of our latest post:
Imagine you own a company.
You need money to fund your day-to-day needs and any investments you want to make.
Sometimes, you can fund those things from the profits your business generates. But what if you're not making enough profit?
You need to raise money.
If you're a company and you want to raise money, you have two primary options: equity finance and debt finance.
Equity finance means selling shares in your business to raise money.
Debt finance means raising money through borrowing. That's how we get to bonds....
We've decided to open up applications to become a TCLA Brand Ambassador: https://forms.gle/yETz6zTXJEAvzpYp7. The deadline is 4 October 2019.
The purpose of the role will be to help raise awareness of TCLA within your university over the 2019-20 academic year. It's mostly a remote role, but we'll be looking to do an event at your university in 2020.
This role is open to law and non-law students in all years of university study. A maximum of two positions are available per university.
Why become a TCLA Brand Ambassador?
- You will be paid £200
- You will receive a year subscription to TCLA Premium (valued at £269)
- You will work closely with the founding team
- You will gain access to a private forum for team discussions
- You will build valuable marketing skills and be able to showcase your role in your applications to law firms
- Identify marketing opportunities for your...
We're delighted to announce that we have 5 TCLA Scholarships available.
These scholarships provide free access to TCLA Premium for 12 months (valued at £269). This means:
- Free access to all our current and future courses
- Access to our in-depth law firm profiles
- Access to our premium forum
- Free application reviews
And much much more!
You will also receive a free mock interview with the TCLA team.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of any of the following factors:
- Ability to afford the full price of a premium subscription
- Coming from an underrepresented group
- Where a scholarship will make a substantial impact to your application journey
If you'd like to apply for a scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating why you need the support of the scholarship and how it would help you. The information you send us will be kept confidential.
The deadline for submission is 1 October 2019, but we will award the scholarship...
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