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


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Jan 16, 2022
Has anyone ever seen/heard of associates switching practice areas after they're qualified? Probably more so within the same field e.g. M&A to capital markets, as opposed to a drastic change like M&A to arbitration. Do you qualify as a solicitor generally, or as a solicitor in a specific practice area? I feel like the idea of staying in one area for the rest of my career is daunting, what if I don't like it anymore lol
It’s rather uncommon but can happen. Moving from rather closely related practices might of course be easier. Also worth noting that at the senior level people tend to specialize in 2-3 closely related practices - for ex M&A and Private Equity.
In relation to those “drastic” changes, again it might happen. I have personally once talked with an Associate (at an MC) who moved from Derivatives to Arbitration.

Jessica Booker

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Graduate Recruitment
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Forum Team
Aug 1, 2019
Vinson & Elkins AC/interview.

My first AC/interview ever after 2 years of applying. A little shocked right now. Yeezus.

if anyone has any suggestions, i’m all ears!
My (somewhat unhelpful) suggestion is a mini-celebratory meal at either Nandos, Wagamamas or even a Busaba Eathai if you have one close by!


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Junior Lawyer
Jul 22, 2020
For those who applied to Latham..what made you succeed? The questions are yes simple but cannot be understimated
They ask for why Latham over another firm, so the key is that you need to add a comparative element. For e.g. if you mention you like the firm's equity capital markets work, you need to highlight how it's top-tier ranked, higher than any other firm, which draws you to Latham's work.

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