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TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2022-23

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I passed the benchmark last year when applying for the First Year Workshop, but didn’t get a feedback report. Unfortunately I did not pass the benchmark this year when applying to the vac scheme and I did get a report that time so maybe it’s only if you don’t meet the benchmark 😔

*Edit - the feedback report only tells you about your working style and how strong you are in different areas such as leadership; there’s no feedback for the verbal reasoning section.
Last year I met the benchmark and did receive a feedback report, so idk how it works tbh
 

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Hi guys I need a little bit of advice. I completed Herbert Smith Freehills test, but for some reason this hasn’t been recorded on the system and my application has been withdrawn. Do you think the HR team will be understanding if I explain this?
 

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    Hi guys I need a little bit of advice. I completed Herbert Smith Freehills test, but for some reason this hasn’t been recorded on the system and my application has been withdrawn. Do you think the HR team will be understanding if I explain this?
    Hi, I would say email them as soon as possible and explain the situation. If you have any evidence as well (maybe screenshots or emails) attach it to the email. HSF's grad rec team are very understanding based on my interactions with them. It is probably a technical error on their end. Good luck! :)
     
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    Tanyakaur11

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    Hi, I would say email them as soon as possible and explain the situation. If you have any evidence as well (maybe screenshots or emails) attach it to the email. HSF's grad rec team are very understanding based on my interactions with them. It is probably a technical error on their end. Good luck! :)
    Thank you! Luckily they have resent the test over
     
    For the question “What are the top five skills you believe a trainee needs to be a successful commercial lawyer and why”, do I need to include examples of me showing those skills?
    Interesting - not sure I think it depends on the word count, strictly speaking it deviates from the question, I think show analysis of why you think they need it and examples of how it is used at that firm may be better away of answering it. so I think communication is key for a commercial lawyer because XXX as demonstrated by deal XX solicitors working on this deal would have needed to communicate efficiently with colleagues from X and Y country.....

    (but again I am not 100% sure - this is just how I would approach it).
     

    HopefulFutureTrainee123

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    Interesting - not sure I think it depends on the word count, strictly speaking it deviates from the question, I think show analysis of why you think they need it and examples of how it is used at that firm may be better away of answering it. so I think communication is key for a commercial lawyer because XXX as demonstrated by deal XX solicitors working on this deal would have needed to communicate efficiently with colleagues from X and Y country.....

    (but again I am not 100% sure - this is just how I would approach it).

    Thank you for your response - this is a good way of interpreting it! It’s 2000 characters, so not masses of space. I just don't want mine to stand out in the wrong way, if I haven't mentioned my skills, even if the question doesn't ask for them!
     

    gettingthatvacscheme

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    has anyone completed the latham and watkins behavioural assessment before? just got the email and the description seems a bit vague. thanks!
    I did it last year and it’s basically like Linklaters CAPP assessment. You’re given scenarios and you need to rank your responses according to how you’d respond. The purpose of the assessment to get to know you better so I wouldn’t worry about it
     

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