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psr23

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Has anyone previously interviewed with Lawyers on Demand (LOD)? I have a "chat to get to know me better" on Friday. I've got no how to prepare/what to expect. I applied for a Commercial Paralegal role but haven't done the LPC/secured a TC/got prior experience which I thought were all prerequisites to work for them. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Does anyone have any advice on practising applying Porters' 5 forces for a case study exercise? I've been trying to integrate it when reading the news as I normally would but was just curious other creative ways people have practised it. Thanks :)))
 

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    Does anyone have any advice on practising applying Porters' 5 forces for a case study exercise? I've been trying to integrate it when reading the news as I normally would but was just curious other creative ways people have practised it. Thanks :)))
    Not necessarily the answer you’re looking for - but in my experience I don’t think you need to worry too much about its incorporation, but rather just understanding the high level concepts behind it.

    The 5 forces are great for your business acumen and for analysing the straightforward commercial concepts of a case study, but I did not have an experience that required anything further than this.

    In my experience with case studies, I always think about the ‘whys’ - e.g. why is this deal happening? Why this target? Why now? Why in this way? Etc.

    Porters 5 forces are also great for teasing out these questions, and thinking about the answers. I would recommend using it to nail the basics - don’t try and complicate things, you will get caught out!

    Always better to do the small things perfectly, than try to impress with the big things.

    Just my experience though. Hope it helps.
     
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    Jacob Miller

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    Does anyone have any advice on doing the LPC full time while working part time as a paralegal? I go to Cambridge so I’m used to a very high workload, but I’m not sure if it’s actually doable, or if if I would have to give up on everything to do it.

    The paralegal job would potentially be with the firm I have a TC with (it’s still super early days, but I’m just interested curious at this point).
    I paralegal full time currently and will continue to be fulk time while doing a couple of GDL modules (long story...) this year. I'll drop to probably 3 days a week while doing the LPC, which I've been told will be pretty full on, but personally thrive when I'm under a bit more pressure to be honest.

    A lot of people focus solely on the LPC while doing it, I know a few people who work 2 days a week, I don't think 3 days is unheard of but I think it's getting towards the upper limit of what it's reasonable to do without sacrificing horrific amounts of sleep etc - having done that plenty of times before I can attest to it being miserable, so would advise against massively over-stretching if possible.
     

    Jacob Miller

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    Is it okay to use an example already mentioned in my application form to answer an interview question? Stumped on the question of "tell me about a time you've suggested a new approach to tackle a problem".
    If you really have to it's not the end of the world, but try and avoid it unless it is strictly necessary.
     

    Jacob Miller

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    In an M&A, how can the buyer protect itself against potential litigation from the target company? I have thought of indemnity clause, warranty that there are no existing litigation claims, buying just the asset (only if the buyer is interested in one of the target company’s product and not the firm itself)? What other options am I missing?
    W&I's are the biggest thing here - remember that, if you're suggesting resorting to an APA that could add enormous amounts of cost and hassle to the deal, so be aware of the implications of your suggestions.

    Try not to overcomplicated these things either, keeping it simple is generally the most commercially viable approach.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Is it okay to use an example already mentioned in my application form to answer an interview question? Stumped on the question of "tell me about a time you've suggested a new approach to tackle a problem".
    Are you using exactly the same detail as in your application? If so, I’d avoid it. But people recycle example all the time - they just are talking about different elements within that example. If you can do that, then it’s fine (as long as you are not recycling for multiple questions in an interview).
     

    Mea

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    Does anyone have any advice on doing the LPC full time while working part time as a paralegal? I go to Cambridge so I’m used to a very high workload, but I’m not sure if it’s actually doable, or if if I would have to give up on everything to do it.

    The paralegal job would potentially be with the firm I have a TC with (it’s still super early days, but I’m just interested curious at this point).
    I worked 20 hours from home as a paralegal and did the LPC FT. Because both were from home, I could just manage. I had to quit my job after a few months. It wasn't great: I had to study at weekends and evenings. I had a timetable planning every hour and it was horrible.

    My friend worked at the same job and she did a whole year with it whilst doing the LPC (she is super organised). She achieved a high distinction and was able to be social, so it is possible. You just have to be super organised and stay on top of the readings!
     
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    lawnoodle

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    I worked 20 hours from home as a paralegal and did the LPC FT. Because both were from home, I could just manage. I had to quit my job after a few months. It wasn't great: I had to study at weekends and evenings. I had a timetable planning every hour and it was horrible.

    My friend worked at the same job and she did a whole year with it whilst doing the LPC (she is super organised). She achieved a high distinction and was able to be social, so it is possible. You just have to be super organised and stay on top of the readings!
    Hearing this is making me dread starting the LPC! My work have refused to reduce my hours from 22 to 15, but they did say they can be flexible.

    When did you quit? I'm starting to think it's not even worth trying!
     

    wildprincessx

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    If you really have to it's not the end of the world, but try and avoid it unless it is strictly necessary.
    Thank you Jacob!
    Are you using exactly the same detail as in your application? If so, I’d avoid it. But people recycle example all the time - they just are talking about different elements within that example. If you can do that, then it’s fine (as long as you are not recycling for multiple questions in an interview).
    Thank you Jessica. I have one example that has quite a lot of elements to it- eg: working in teams, working with a difficult person, when I handled a crisis and had to make a snap decision. It is mainly because I was quite dedicated to the organisation and worked on multiple projects with them for about 9 months. Should I still limit myself from relying on this?
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Thank you Jacob!

    Thank you Jessica. I have one example that has quite a lot of elements to it- eg: working in teams, working with a difficult person, when I handled a crisis and had to make a snap decision. It is mainly because I was quite dedicated to the organisation and worked on multiple projects with them for about 9 months. Should I still limit myself from relying on this?
    An example isn’t a position. An example will be a project within a position, and so it sounds like you could actually be using different examples anyway.
     

    taiwoa

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    Hearing this is making me dread starting the LPC! My work have refused to reduce my hours from 22 to 15, but they did say they can be flexible.

    When did you quit? I'm starting to think it's not even worth trying!
    It’s definitely worth trying if this is something you want. I worked full time whilst completing my LPC. It wasn’t easy (studying evenings and weekends) but it was worth it. Good habits and a decent dose of motivation will carry you through the stress so as long as you have that you’ll be okay.