TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

mads_g

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Hi everyone

I'm a career changer currently doing the LPC and VS applications, but of course have my moments of doubt where I don't feel too hopeful about landing a training contract this cycle. Does anyone know of any smaller firms who recruit less than two years in advance but still offer commercial work?

The thought of starting a TC in 2025 if I'm not successful this year seems so far away (2024 already seems silly 🤣), so want to start thinking about some other options.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
 

GXA123

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    Hi everyone

    I'm a career changer currently doing the LPC and VS applications, but of course have my moments of doubt where I don't feel too hopeful about landing a training contract this cycle. Does anyone know of any smaller firms who recruit less than two years in advance but still offer commercial work?

    The thought of starting a TC in 2025 if I'm not successful this year seems so far away (2024 already seems silly 🤣), so want to start thinking about some other options.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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    jessicamcnamara

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    Hi everyone

    I'm a career changer currently doing the LPC and VS applications, but of course have my moments of doubt where I don't feel too hopeful about landing a training contract this cycle. Does anyone know of any smaller firms who recruit less than two years in advance but still offer commercial work?

    The thought of starting a TC in 2025 if I'm not successful this year seems so far away (2024 already seems silly 🤣), so want to start thinking about some other options.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
    Have you considered the SQE route aswell? So after LPC sit SQE2 and you will need two years QWE ie paralegal work? So could technically be qualified in 2 years? (If you already have some QWE it could be faster obviously) it all depends on how fast you want to get qualified really! The SQE definitely helps with speed
     
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    Abii

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    Hi everyone

    I'm a career changer currently doing the LPC and VS applications, but of course have my moments of doubt where I don't feel too hopeful about landing a training contract this cycle. Does anyone know of any smaller firms who recruit less than two years in advance but still offer commercial work?

    The thought of starting a TC in 2025 if I'm not successful this year seems so far away (2024 already seems silly 🤣), so want to start thinking about some other options.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
    Greenberg Traurig and EY are both hiring for September 2022 provided you’ll have completed the LPC by September
     
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    legalgemma

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    Do you have friends / family / neighbors with a Windows laptop? Public library? I’d say if you’re London-based you can borrow mine but that probably doesn’t help 😅
    hopefully there's a library near you?
    Thanks guys!! I have done it now :)


    @Limanehious if you have any Q's about it feel free to PM me!
     
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    Rob93

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    It’s Colombia. The firm closed both its Venezuelan and Colombian offices but still operates in Brazil and Mexico. But Colombia has some really interesting large infrastructure projects happening in 2022 (and ofc has big mining/resource/agricultural economy) something which the firm specialises in. I know for example that Baker McKenzie still operates in the country, and that Dentons took over this firm’s Venezuelan office so I feel like it’s not a lost cause financially lol!
    Would just bear in mind that Dentons and Bakers are, I believe, both Vereins so can segregate out the profitability (or not) of their Colombia office - the economics may be less attractive to global partnership firms.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Could you explain a bit more please? I didn’t understand that!
    Say your term ends on Tuesday 29 March, but you work 35 hours between Monday 28 March and Friday 1 April (7 hours per day).

    You can't be guaranteed that the definition of the week starts on Wednesday 30 March. The week could be determined to have started on the Monday, and you would have gone over 20 hours for that week.

    All of this is highly unlikely anyway as most terms end on a Thursday or Friday, and it is unlikely that a vacation scheme will start on a Monday (or at a push Tuesday if Monday is a bank holiday). I would expect term dates to clash for over 20 hours or not at all.
     
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