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

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    I can second this, I found the paralegal market in my city (Leeds) difficult to access and highly competitive. I had to take an assistants role first and leverage this into paralegaling about 7 months after graduating. It definitely helps if you have a language skill the role requires (I definitely do not). For me, I edged out other candidates by having experience working for a large client of the department I work in but this is quite niche (social housing) so if you have any unique skills/experiences I’d try use those!
    Im in Sheffield for context although I was living in london before moving back and did have a few interviews
     

    Adrian_S

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    K, I know I said I wanted a hot body, a Bugatti, and a Maserati but… mama just got a Watson Glaser invite from Weil, y’all.

    A little shocked. I applied on December 26th and assumed it was a PFO. If anyone has suggestions for the test I’d be very grateful.
     
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    Zubin

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    Has anyone not received the tests from Mayer Brown after submitting an application for a vs? I thought they were automatic but doesn't seem so
    These tests are sent after application review. I received mine along with a "Congratulations, we would like to progress your application to the next stage..." type email. Hope this helps :)
     

    Zubin

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    Just received my first ever VS offer from Macfarlanes! I am so over the moon. It's been such a trying journey to get here - over 40 applications, two cycles, and lots of improvement to my knowledge and skills along the way.

    For those who are still on their journey, trust me, your time will come! Just keep at it with your preparation, commercial awareness development, and application writing. One of the biggest mistakes I made was applying to a ton of different firms and not understanding what it was about those specific firms which appealed to me, rather than making a few, tailored applications that truly reflected my interests.

    Good luck to everyone! Now onto more ACs and interviews... grind don't stop!
     

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    Has anyone else had something like this from a firm after applying and doing a VI? See below from Eversheds:

    "Thank you for your application to our summer vacation scheme. We have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of applications and we were very impressed with your application and video interview.
    Unfortunately we only have a limited number of spaces on our assessment days and at this stage, we are unable to bring you forward. However if a space does become available we will be in touch again.
    We will confirm a final outcome either way by 4 March. "


    I am thinking I should just write it off as a pfo.... Can anyone shed any light? @Jessica Booker ?
    Thanks very much.
     

    AvniD

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    Has anyone else had something like this from a firm after applying and doing a VI? See below from Eversheds:

    "Thank you for your application to our summer vacation scheme. We have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of applications and we were very impressed with your application and video interview.
    Unfortunately we only have a limited number of spaces on our assessment days and at this stage, we are unable to bring you forward. However if a space does become available we will be in touch again.
    We will confirm a final outcome either way by 4 March. "


    I am thinking I should just write it off as a pfo.... Can anyone shed any light? @Jessica Booker ?
    Thanks very much.
    Sounds sort of like a waitlist. Wouldn't consider it a PFO but wouldn't keep my hopes high either.
     

    AvniD

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    @Jessica Booker maybe you'll have some insight on this but would you say it's worth a direct TC app with 1 week private practice and 3 weeks in house legal (both city/multinational)? So broken from VS rejections that I don't want to go through it if unlikely to get past app stage
    I would encourage you to apply for direct TCs with the experience you have, especially if you feel they're better suited to your background, however, please know that they're not easier than VS apps.

    I feel for you when you say you're broken from VS rejections- do you think you'll benefit from taking a short break from apps to reflect on your experiences, where you can improve and what's been working for you well? I did this after having a string of back-to-back rejections and it really helped me draw out my motivations for a career in commercial law, life experiences that made an impact on me, areas of my application that I needed to work on and helped me understand my strengths and USP.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    @Jessica Booker I received a TC offer and need to complete the PGDL first. They said their next available opening was for March 2025 so I can’t start the PGDL until January 2023. I was wondering if delaying it (I was hoping to start it in September 2022) is an issue?
    No - shouldn’t be an issue at all. You could choose to do it in either intake if you really wanted to, although with the SQE, you may not want to have too much of a gap between the GDL and your SQE prep course.
     
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    Jessica Booker

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    Has anyone else had something like this from a firm after applying and doing a VI? See below from Eversheds:

    "Thank you for your application to our summer vacation scheme. We have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of applications and we were very impressed with your application and video interview.
    Unfortunately we only have a limited number of spaces on our assessment days and at this stage, we are unable to bring you forward. However if a space does become available we will be in touch again.
    We will confirm a final outcome either way by 4 March. "


    I am thinking I should just write it off as a pfo.... Can anyone shed any light? @Jessica Booker ?
    Thanks very much.
    No - you are on hold. You could be invited if they have enough candidates withdraw from the recruitment process. That is a possibility but at the same time might not happen either.
     
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