TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2022-23

Asil Ahmad

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    This may be outdated - but the values of 'commitment to client service, responsiveness, integrity, teamwork and the highest quality of legal work' were mentioned in their 2010 global exchange document :)
    On their ‘Meet the recruiter’ page for lawcareers.net, they say “At Mayer Brown, we’re looking for hard-working and committed individuals who demonstrate a passion for the work we have on offer for our trainee cohort. We want our trainees to be intellectually curious and business minded. As a firm, we also pride ourselves on our culture, and so we’re looking for authenticity and enthusiasm in our prospective trainees. Throughout the recruitment process, we’ll be testing candidates’ resilience, adaptability, and commercial awareness, as well as placing an emphasis on their knowledge of the legal industry and, specifically, Mayer Brown.”

    Also, could I please ask how long it took to receive the test post-application?
    Thank you very much both for this. This is helpful.
     

    Interested_In_Law

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    I haven't received an email from Slaughter but when I visit the website it now states application withdrawn... suppose that means PFO :( (or maybe accidentally withdrawn?? a little confused aha).
    Turns out it was an error and I have received an interview invite! (For the summer vacation scheme)
     

    HopefulFutureTrainee123

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    Do A&O send confirmation that your test has been completed? I took the test yesterday, and I didn’t receive any confirmation; my deadline is later today, so I am unsure if I should check if it submitted.

    Also, did anyone else find the test really difficult? Honestly the hardest test I’ve ever taken for a firm, which seems to go against what I’d previously read about it!
     

    Selenarina

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    Do A&O send confirmation that your test has been completed? I took the test yesterday, and I didn’t receive any confirmation; my deadline is later today, so I am unsure if I should check if it submitted.

    Also, did anyone else find the test really difficult? Honestly the hardest test I’ve ever taken for a firm, which seems to go against what I’d previously read about it!
    There is no email confirmation, there is only an in-browser message when you finish that says “thank you”. You should receive your results via email in 24 hours!
     

    bibss

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    When firms state on their website that they recommend applying for a vacation scheme (instead of a training contract) if you haven't completed legal work experience, do they mean vacation schemes only? Or does work experience as a legal assistant, paralegal, inter etc. count?

    Sorry, this has always confused me
     

    Narince

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    Mine says "Experience day: Under Review: Your application is under review. Please await further communication" followed by

    "Next Up: EY Experience Day"
    Thank you for your application to EY and congratulations on making it to this stage in the recruitment process.

    We are currently shortlisting candidates and will shortly be in touch as to whether you have been successful in securing a place on our EY Experience Day. We will send you an invite via email to confirm this and details of the event.

    Not entirely sure if this is good news at all, the wait is making me really anxious!
    Hey! I have the same message. When did you complete the assessments, just trying to gauge a wait time haha
     

    torialonge

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    When firms state on their website that they recommend applying for a vacation scheme (instead of a training contract) if you haven't completed legal work experience, do they mean vacation schemes only? Or does work experience as a legal assistant, paralegal, inter etc. count?

    Sorry, this has always confused me
    i think they just mean general legal experience so paralegal and etc should count.
     
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    alishaalexandra1

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    When firms state on their website that they recommend applying for a vacation scheme (instead of a training contract) if you haven't completed legal work experience, do they mean vacation schemes only? Or does work experience as a legal assistant, paralegal, inter etc. count?

    Sorry, this has always confused me
    definitely counts- in an interview they brought up my paralegal experience and asked why I didn't apply for a TC directly
     
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    Sandrr_O

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    Any tips for a successful application for DLA Piper's Summer Internship
    Thank you!
    I would also like to hear anyone's tips on the application question about a news story.. do you have to link your answer back to the firm? how would one structure their answer; a brief background detailing the story and explaining why the news story interests you - would that suffice?
     
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    traineedreamer

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    I would also like to hear anyone's tips on the application question about a news story.. do you have to link your answer back to the firm? how would one structure their answer; a brief background detailing the story and explaining why the news story interests you - would that suffice?
    Grad Rec said it's best to choose a story that genuinely interests you and that you don't have to link it back to the firm. They're really interested in why it interests you though so you should make sure to write enough about it!
     
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