TCLA General Discussion Thread 2022-23

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I'd always be cautious about negatively portraying another law firm or department as a way to justify your motivations for applying as this doesn't convincingly convey what you actually like about the firm or department you've chosen. Accordingly, labelling other practice areas as money centric doesn't actually demonstrate why you like Employment and Labour. As Jessica said above, the human element in the work that you deal with could be a good reason but you need to explore why you like this in further detail- does you work have a more direct impact on human lives, do you feel a greater sense of responsibility and sensitivity in how you approach your work, are there more complexities to consider in this practice area etc.?
Thank you for your response, Avni.
 

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Quick question for @Jessica Booker or @Jaysen - I have just seen the news about the TCLA scholarship scheme for this year. I was planning to purchase a TCLA premium membership today, but as I will be eligible to apply for the scholarship, I am wondering whether I should hold off now? Or, for example, if I received a scholarship would it be possible to just reimburse me for my existing membership rather than providing me with another one?
 

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Quick question for @Jessica Booker or @Jaysen - I have just seen the news about the TCLA scholarship scheme for this year. I was planning to purchase a TCLA premium membership today, but as I will be eligible to apply for the scholarship, I am wondering whether I should hold off now? Or, for example, if I received a scholarship would it be possible to just reimburse me for my existing membership rather than providing me with another one?
Hi @B A - the scholarship programme is a slightly different package of support compared to the premium membership, and so it wouldn’t necessarily be possible to give a direct refund/reimbursement.

We won’t be confirming the scholarship places until the 10 October, so you may also want to consider whether you would want access for the next two and a half weeks.
 

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Hi @B A - the scholarship programme is a slightly different package of support compared to the premium membership, and so it wouldn’t necessarily be possible to give a direct refund/reimbursement.

We won’t be confirming the scholarship places until the 10 October, so you may also want to consider whether you would want access for the next two and a half weeks.
Right, thanks for the help Jessica!
 

Jessica Booker

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Right, thanks for the help Jessica!
What might be possible is for us to either pause a live subscription (and tag the remainder of the subscription on the end of a scholarship programme) or potentially start the scholarship programme once someone’s subscription has expired. We will be able to confirm this with anyone who is selected though.
 
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Hey, I’ve recently started a paralegal position. It is my first role and I have not yet completed the LPC. I am finding it really difficult to get given tasks? I am asking everyone in the office twice a day if they have any work for me but am sat twiddling my thumbs for most of the day. Anything that I have done I have received good feedback from. Any advice on what to do apart from keep on asking? Feeling really frustrated most days as I am keen to grow and learn on the job (there are also other paralegals but they have done the LPC and tell me that my lack of experience is why they are getting assigned tasks before me). Thank you in advance
 

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Hey, I’ve recently started a paralegal position. It is my first role and I have not yet completed the LPC. I am finding it really difficult to get given tasks? I am asking everyone in the office twice a day if they have any work for me but am sat twiddling my thumbs for most of the day. Anything that I have done I have received good feedback from. Any advice on what to do apart from keep on asking? Feeling really frustrated most days as I am keen to grow and learn on the job (there are also other paralegals but they have done the LPC and tell me that my lack of experience is why they are getting assigned tasks before me). Thank you in advance
I think that if the LPC was that big of a consideration for the firm, they simply would not have offered you the role. Possibly the other paralegals have been there longer and so they are more known to the office? It could also be a slight down period for the firm in terms of workload and that's why your workload as a newcomer is low too. I would resist the temptation to blame yourself or your credentials at this stage- there may be other factors influencing this that aren't as easily in your control. What do you think you/the firm could do to remedy this? Do you think a chat with your supervisor may be beneficial?
 

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Hi there,

I’m a future trainee at a silver circle firm. I’ve asked a lot of questions on the forum in the last year, so a massive thank you to everyone!

My SQE begins next year and I am hoping to to work until about may/June before I go travelling. I’m quite flexible about what role I take on. I am particularly open to working at a startup or taking on some sort of political role (think tank or within Labour Party) or paralegalling as well.

At the moment I have just looked on work4anmp.com and emailed my firm. Does anyone have any advice on where else I could look or any other areas where future trainees often end up. Any advice from anyone would be welcome aha!
 
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Hi Jessica (or anyone else)

I am holding an offer for a TC from a firm and have been for just under three weeks. They would like me to make a decision pretty soon. However, I am waiting to hear back from the outcome of a final interview round and a much better firm and would like to wait until then before making a call as they would be my first choice. The second firm said they would not be getting back to us until the end of next week and I fear this might be too long a wait for the first firm. How should I handle this?
 

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    Hi Jessica (or anyone else)

    I am holding an offer for a TC from a firm and have been for just under three weeks. They would like me to make a decision pretty soon. However, I am waiting to hear back from the outcome of a final interview round and a much better firm and would like to wait until then before making a call as they would be my first choice. The second firm said they would not be getting back to us until the end of next week and I fear this might be too long a wait for the first firm. How should I handle this?
    I would tell the first firm that you are awaiting outcome of another interview and you would like additional time to consider the offer. In fact, I did that when I had an offer from one firm and was waitiing for the outcome of an interview with another firm, it was all good :)
     
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    Jessica Booker

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    Hi Jessica (or anyone else)

    I am holding an offer for a TC from a firm and have been for just under three weeks. They would like me to make a decision pretty soon. However, I am waiting to hear back from the outcome of a final interview round and a much better firm and would like to wait until then before making a call as they would be my first choice. The second firm said they would not be getting back to us until the end of next week and I fear this might be too long a wait for the first firm. How should I handle this?
    Agree with @Miki3999 ’s post above.

    If the firm does not offer you an extension, then accept the offer and then if you need to renege, you can do so.
     
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    Just a quick reminder that applications for our 2022-23 Scholarship programme close on Monday 3 October - to apply for this cycle's programme, please visit: TCLA Scholarship Programme 2022-23 | The Corporate Law Academy

    Hi @Jessica Booker this is such a great programme and would love to apply, however I've only just come across the opportunity. Can I check when exactly the application form will close? The page says 'by 3rd October' so just wondering if that means by the end of 2nd October i.e. 11:59 today. Thank you.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Hi @Jessica Booker this is such a great programme and would love to apply, however I've only just come across the opportunity. Can I check when exactly the application form will close? The page says 'by 3rd October' so just wondering if that means by the end of 2nd October i.e. 11:59 today. Thank you.
    Will be 23.59 on Monday 3 October.
     

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