TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

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moxiebobo

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Anyone have any insight they would be willing to share as to differentiating factors between Freshfields and the other magic circle firms?

They all tend to use similar buzzwords 'collaborative' 'international' 'innovative', chambers student isn't all that helpful, and so beyond Freshfields being M&A-strong/Finance-weaker, I am really struggling as I haven't had much personal interaction with the firm.
 

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Anyone have any insight they would be willing to share as to differentiating factors between Freshfields and the other magic circle firms?

They all tend to use similar buzzwords 'collaborative' 'international' 'innovative', chambers student isn't all that helpful, and so beyond Freshfields being M&A-strong/Finance-weaker, I am really struggling as I haven't had much personal interaction with the firm.
i usually spend a lot of time reading their blogs and insights and stuff they publish to understand their language and what they put emphasis on. its very hard to go beyond buzzwords that's true but i think just "understanding" the firm usually helps - podcasts help too actually they'll mention a lot of things about the firm and their expertise etc. if you'd like and are interested in say something like private equity or m&a - try and find similar podcasts and posts and insights that all of the firms put up and i think you will slowly start finding a difference in not just their language but the specific things they think they do well and what their specific expertise or USP is. hope this helps :)

EDIT: freshfields also has some virtual work exp programs where they highlight some of their strengths etc too so maybe those could give you some insight into their work and differences with other firms too
 
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moxiebobo

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i usually spend a lot of time reading their blogs and insights and stuff they publish to understand their language and what they put emphasis on. its very hard to go beyond buzzwords that's true but i think just "understanding" the firm usually helps - podcasts help too actually they'll mention a lot of things about the firm and their expertise etc. if you'd like and are interested in say something like private equity or m&a - try and find similar podcasts and posts and insights that all of the firms put up and i think you will slowly start finding a difference in not just their language but the specific things they think they do well and what their specific expertise or USP is. hope this helps :)

EDIT: freshfields also has some virtual work exp programs where they highlight some of their strengths etc too so maybe those could give you some insight into their work and differences with other firms too
very helpful - thank you!
 
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lawcurious

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where are people doing the NRF WG prepping from? i did the practice test they sent but the feedback report doesn't include a score since its a pilot testing thing which is...not helpful... since I've not done a WG in months and j wanted to check if I'm still doing okay at them
 

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Anyone have any insight they would be willing to share as to differentiating factors between Freshfields and the other magic circle firms?

They all tend to use similar buzzwords 'collaborative' 'international' 'innovative', chambers student isn't all that helpful, and so beyond Freshfields being M&A-strong/Finance-weaker, I am really struggling as I haven't had much personal interaction with the firm.
One point ofc is the shorter seat cycles at Freshies; you can extrapolate this out to some thoughts about the kind of professional development they value (breadth in the first instance rather than very early hyperspecialisation) - presumably this means something to them in terms of how they provide their services, the kind of thinking they want their lawyers to engage in &c.
 

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    Do law firms actually check events that you attended. I am asking as I attended this event about insolvency and put the wrong name for the event in my application when discussing my interest in the firm's insolvency work.
     
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