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

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Abii

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for questions like 'why this firm' and 'why do you want to be a lawyer' do I need to prepare different answers than the ones I have written in my cover letter? or is it alright that I expand on them?
I've always expanded on my answers but never been successful so I'm just wondering.

Any help would be greatly appreciated:)
This is going to vary from firm to firm. Sometimes I expand and use the same one - this is in interviews where the person interviewing me hasn’t actually seen my application or where the application gives me ample space to actually give all the reasons however usually it has such a short word count you can’t get it all in!

Otherwise my answer starts with alongside the reasons mentioned in my application or my main motivation has been stated in the application but additional motivators are as follows and then I list an additional reason or reasons.
 

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has anyone got any advice for answering 'why you/what makes you stand out?' in an interview?
The best answers to this question are often those that are able to capture what makes you you. Most people who apply for TCs have decent grades, some work and volunteer experience, some internships and/or some university society experience. While these are things you do, they don't necessarily capture the essence of who you are.

You'll need to reflect on your personality and figure what those things are that you identify yourself with- it could be your creativity, resilience, ability to take initiative, ability to uplift your team members, enthusiasm, willingness to try new things etc.

Once you've figured out your USP, you now need to structure it within the context of the firm. Find those 2-3 qualities that most align with the firm's ethos and vision and then try your best to demonstrate this alignment in your answer.

A structure I'd recommend is to state you character trait/quality ➡️ talk about how you developed it and how you apply it in your life ➡️ link it with the firm's culture/vision/ethos/trainee characteristics to demonstrate your suitability to work at the firm.
 

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for questions like 'why this firm' and 'why do you want to be a lawyer' do I need to prepare different answers than the ones I have written in my cover letter? or is it alright that I expand on them?
I've always expanded on my answers but never been successful so I'm just wondering.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
If you cannot find things to talk about that you haven't mentioned in your applications, always expand on what you have already covered by adding more detail, providing more context and digging deeper into your motivations. This requires a lot of off-application reflection on the things that are driving you to try and make it in this career, but once you put this effort in, your answers will undoubtedly make a greater impact than they did before.
 

WillkieGemma

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I am in the very fortunate position of having been offered a VS yesterday and offered another VS today. However, the dates I have been offered for the VSs clash. I know one of the two firms is running multiple VSs this summer. Would it be rude to ask if they have space on the other dates so I can complete both VSs?
Not rude at all - we expect it!
 

SCN

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Me distracting grad rec whilst you email everyone with TC and VS offers:

Season 2 Dancing GIF by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


Anyone up for this? ;)
 

Giovanna

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    i've heard hsf usually let people know same day/day after AC - wondering if anyone has heard later than this?
    I had my AC on Monday and am still waiting! They told us that we'd hear back within a few days/by the end of the week "because we were in the Monday group" so I was expecting something today latest but haven't heard anything yet :(
     
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    Law1099

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    for questions like 'why this firm' and 'why do you want to be a lawyer' do I need to prepare different answers than the ones I have written in my cover letter? or is it alright that I expand on them?
    I've always expanded on my answers but never been successful so I'm just wondering.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated:)
    It honestly depends. Some interviews (especially ones by associates/partners) are cv blind interviews and therefore they generally will just listen to you without having anything in front of them. I have had interviews (but more with grad rec) where they are reading off your application. Even so, as long as you expand and don’t read it word for word - your answers aren’t going to change
     

    avaelle42

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    thank you this is so helpful - will assume I won't hear till next week then, since I was on Wednesday!
    I had my AC on Monday and am still waiting! They told us that we'd hear back within a few days/by the end of the week "because we were in the Monday group" so I was expecting something today latest but haven't heard anything yet :(
     
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