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As promised, I am creating this thread so that you can ask me any questions which you may have, whether they are questions about my journey to a TC or more general ones about the process itself, ask away!
By way of background for those of you who are maybe new to the forum, I decided to explore corporate law as a career option in October 2018 and went to every event I possibly could that month. I applied to open days at the firms whose cultures I felt appealed to me and managed to secure a few of those open days. I subsequently applied for around 7/8 vacation schemes at those firms I had engaged with and I interviewed with Hogan Lovells, Shearman & Sterling and Latham, in that order. I managed to secure a spring vacation scheme with Shearman and a summer one with Latham.
Sadly, following both schemes, I was unsuccessful. However, I was really able to take stock and reflect on my journey up until that point and it set me on a slightly different path. I thoroughly...
I have been totally inspired by @S87 today and wanted to create this thread. I thought it would be great (and hopefully a source of positivity) for us all to share the things we are doing during this time to work on our self-development, to learn new skills or re-engage with old hobbies!
I know we have shared podcasts and books in the past throughout the forum but I thought we could share things in here and also any websites, online courses, cookery inspiration, challenges, etc we have discovered or are trying out. These do not have to be law/business-related - just anything that you have enjoyed and found useful that you would like to recommend to others
I also want to say this is not to freak anyone out. If you are choosing to spend this time to chill out and relax because your body and mind are in need of some downtime, then that is a great way to spend this time and do not feel pressured to do what anyone else is doing! We are all on our...
Just a quick note to say @Alice G, our longstanding community manager, is now taking on a more formalised role within TCLA. As you may have seen, she is now a future trainee at a magic circle firm, and will be around in the forum to share her wealth of experiences having been through both the good times and the bad!
The one thing I'd add: please avoid private messaging Alice unless it's a particularly sensitive issue that cannot be posted in the forum. If you have a question for Alice specifically, you can post in a thread and tag her (the same goes for me or Jess). We try to have this rule so we can keep all the information/advice/resources available for everyone to access, as well as making the best use of our time.
I hope you'll join me in welcoming her again!
If you've had a recent interview or assessment centre, we're giving away £5 Amazon Gift Cards for every interview experience you share!
To register your interest, please fill out this short form. We'll contact you for the next steps.
We'll then be posting the interview experiences in our forum - free for everyone to access!
Commercial Awareness is not something you can cram. It is built up over time and is the result of how you engage with the business world that exists around you.
If any of you are like me, I hate reading! So, I found my particular method of increasing commercial awareness was simply listening to a podcast or two each day while on the bus to Uni. Over time, I found a series of useful podcasts that I could dip in and out of when time permitted, as well as some short daily podcasts to keep on top of the news!
I use Spotify to listen to podcasts, however, I have no doubt these are available on other platforms. Here are the ones I recommend. Click the link and follow! (For reference, there are many, many out there! These are simply the ones I prefer).
FT Daily News Briefing - 6-7 minutes of daily news
The Economist: Money Talks - 30 minutes, once a week, covering stories...
For our next round of courses, we're looking to get associates and partners involved in teaching you guys about different practice areas within a firm, the challenges facing the legal industry etc.
I'm keen on seeing if any of you have any recommendations - Have you been to a law firm event or open day and found a talk particularly useful? If so, it would be great if you could post below and I'll contact them!
Hello guys just thought that I would create a thread for the upcoming cycle of training contracts. These are a list of some of the firms I have been looking at [pretty much all the firms here are commercial and sponsor the LPC or GDL]:
Travers Smith LLP
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
K&L Gates LLP
Kirkland & Ellis
Baker McKenzie LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton PaisnerSullivan & Cromwell LLPWeil, Gotshal & Manges
White & Case LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Latham & Watkins
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
O'Melveny & Myers sponsors
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Vinson & Elkins
Burges Salmon LLP
Clyde & Co LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP
Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP
DLA Piper LLP
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
I am creating this thread so that we can walk together, encourage one another, and bounce ideas of each other as we go and get training...
Here is this week's Commercial Awareness Update. Hope all is going well with your applications
Covered in this week's update:
BlackRock scold Siemens for questionable environmentally-responsible recordBy @Curtley Bale
The world’s largest asset management fund, BlackRock, has scolded Siemens for its role in financing the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia. Siemens is one of Germany's largest industrial companies, yet BlackRock has suggested their A$2bn infrastructure deal highlights their lack of appreciation for...
I've just been reading about the voluntary code of recruitment for recruitment of trainee solicitors, and I saw something about the SRA withdrawing from it in about 2015.
Anyone knows if it still applies? Out of curiosity, is it still true that a training contract offer cannot expire until September of your final year?
I thought to make a thread for people like me who have just gone through the 19/20 recruitment cycle and were unfortunately rejected post-app or post-AC.
I was hoping that we could all share some tips or strategies as to what we're doing now until the Summer cycle and even 2020/21 cycle too?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
- If you have a question to do with your premium membership, please could you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!).
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