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


Star Member
Sep 11, 2021
PFO from Pinsent Masons London post-GMA. Absolutely gutted :( I got my application checked and amended by future trainees too, but I think I really let myself down in the GMA.

I'm in the penultimate year of my law degree (this is my first cycle applying) and so far I've only progressed to 1 AC out of 9 firms that I applied to, and realistically speaking, don't think I'll be getting any vac scheme offers this time round. Does anyone have any tips on re-applying for vac schemes in final year?

The thought of having to attend webinars, networking events and open days all over again in autumn and chasing deadlines again for applications whilst juggling everything else is already killing me. Aside from working on feedback you've received off the back of rejections, what else is helpful in bouncing back after a round of rejections?


Legendary Member
Premium Member
Jan 5, 2021
Mayer Brown PFO -
Okay, submitting a cheeky last minute application and there’s are TEN app questions 🙃 and a cover letter.
Problem is, when all the questions basically use all the info I normally would put in a cover letter, what do I write in the cover letter?
Should it be slightly more personal?


Legendary Member
Junior Lawyer
  • Nov 12, 2019
    I still didn't hear post app lol
    Same, I've applied to them two years in a row (progressed both times) and they really do vary in their response timings. I remember it took 3 months to get a response once so it really is a waiting game when it concerns Mishcon lol.

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