TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2022-23

Jessica Booker

Legendary Member
Graduate Recruitment
Premium Member
Forum Team
Aug 1, 2019
10,104
14,961
The Baker McKenzie application opened today and they have the same application questions as last year. As I passed the application stage last year wanted to ask. For the application question 3 things that are personal to you that make BM different. Can I use the same answer as last application cycle or change it a bit. What are your thoughts on this @Jessica Booker
I'd still try to refine it - it is fine if the themes are the same but consider whether you can present it in a slightly different way or whether on a second review you feel you could improve your writing style etc.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Asil Ahmad and jo

Jessica Booker

Legendary Member
Graduate Recruitment
Premium Member
Forum Team
Aug 1, 2019
10,104
14,961
Hey guys, I have a question related to CV applications: should I include Open days that I have attended (even though I did not attend an open day at the firm that I am sending my CV to)?
Yes, you can include open days on a CV - I would create a section for them rather than including them in your work experience though. You can then include things like Forage/virtual internships, other major careers events/conferences in that section too.
 

Parsorandini

Distinguished Member
Oct 8, 2021
50
168
I made a stupid mistake :( I wrote my covering letter (within an application) and forgot to sign off (eg yours faithfully and then my name). I wrote everything else fine, I just can’t believe I was so stupid and have now sent off the application. Will this affect my application at all? And should I email grad rec and address it? @Jessica Booker
 

Jessica Booker

Legendary Member
Graduate Recruitment
Premium Member
Forum Team
Aug 1, 2019
10,104
14,961
I made a stupid mistake :( I wrote my covering letter (within an application) and forgot to sign off (eg yours faithfully and then my name). I wrote everything else fine, I just can’t believe I was so stupid and have now sent off the application. Will this affect my application at all? And should I email grad rec and address it? @Jessica Booker
I wouldn’t email about it in all honesty - I don’t think it would help in anyway.

It’s hard to know whether it will impact your application or not. I have seen things like this ignored for strong applications.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Parsorandini

rose888

Star Member
Gold Member
Premium Member
Oct 19, 2021
48
87
Hi in Travers Smith vac scheme application, they give space for 4x work experience, and then a section for other work experience - how much would be acceptable to put in this other box? or does it not matter
 

fabia123

Distinguished Member
  • Apr 28, 2022
    57
    39
    The Baker McKenzie application opened today and they have the same application questions as last year. As I passed the application stage last year wanted to ask. For the application question 3 things that are personal to you that make BM different. Can I use the same answer as last application cycle or change it a bit. What are your thoughts on this @Jessica Booker
    I have the same question. I applied for a direct TC this year.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Asil Ahmad

    YA

    New Member
    Mar 26, 2020
    3
    0
    Hey, could someone please help me confirm A&O's winter vacation scheme questions?

    The two that I have are:

    1. Why do you want to become a commercial lawyer at A&O and what do you think are the key skills and qualities required for success? (250 words)
    2. Please identify an existing market development or future trend that will likely affect A&O clients and describe how this could provide the Firm with new opportunities to support its clients. (300 words)

    For some reason, I cannot log back into my account and am waiting for the issue to be resolved.

    Thank you
     

    fabia123

    Distinguished Member
  • Apr 28, 2022
    57
    39
    Hey, could someone please help me confirm A&O's winter vacation scheme questions?

    The two that I have are:

    1. Why do you want to become a commercial lawyer at A&O and what do you think are the key skills and qualities required for success? (250 words)
    2. Please identify an existing market development or future trend that will likely affect A&O clients and describe how this could provide the Firm with new opportunities to support its clients. (300 words)

    For some reason, I cannot log back into my account and am waiting for the issue to be resolved.

    Thank you
    Coincidentally, I am having the same issues with the online portal.
     

    samni

    Valued Member
    Sep 2, 2020
    102
    112
    Has anyone gotten to AC with Linklaters with 'respect' as their lowest scoring attribute? :( Such a disheartening categorisation to get seeing as it was based on seeking out challenging tasks rather than familiar ones!
     

    bibss

    Legendary Member
    Premium Member
    Nov 28, 2020
    210
    448
    Has anyone gotten to AC with Linklaters with 'respect' as their lowest scoring attribute? :( Such a disheartening categorisation to get seeing as it was based on seeking out challenging tasks rather than familiar ones!
    I wouldn’t worry too much about it! Nobody really knows what they are looking for and the report you get after completing the test doesn’t really say much about your overall performance!

    On another note, can I ask you which percentage does your portal show under ‘progress’? They keep changing it every year! Very confusing…
     
    • Like
    Reactions: AvniD and samni

    Jessica Booker

    Legendary Member
    Graduate Recruitment
    Premium Member
    Forum Team
    Aug 1, 2019
    10,104
    14,961
    Hey, could someone please help me confirm A&O's winter vacation scheme questions?

    The two that I have are:

    1. Why do you want to become a commercial lawyer at A&O and what do you think are the key skills and qualities required for success? (250 words)
    2. Please identify an existing market development or future trend that will likely affect A&O clients and describe how this could provide the Firm with new opportunities to support its clients. (300 words)

    For some reason, I cannot log back into my account and am waiting for the issue to be resolved.

    Thank you
    Yes, these questions are what they have been asking this year.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: YA

    Username9999

    Well-Known Member
    Jan 24, 2022
    22
    48
    I wouldn’t worry too much about it! Nobody really knows what they are looking for and the report you get after completing the test doesn’t really say much about your overall performance!

    On another note, can I ask you which percentage does your portal show under ‘progress’? They keep changing it every year! Very confusing…
    I’m on 77% hold, hbu?
     

    samni

    Valued Member
    Sep 2, 2020
    102
    112
    I wouldn’t worry too much about it! Nobody really knows what they are looking for and the report you get after completing the test doesn’t really say much about your overall performance!

    On another note, can I ask you which percentage does your portal show under ‘progress’? They keep changing it every year! Very confusing…
    Thanks - hope it looks better as a whole! Mine's on 77% post WG, which I took this morning
     

    vic4567

    Active Member
    Premium Member
    Feb 7, 2022
    15
    4
    Is not having attended any open days or live events a negative to an application? What are other ways to show your interest in a firm without attending these these event? I am working full time at the minute so would struggle to attend the events this winter - I am working in the legal sector to gain more experience and have tried to complete virtual internships. Thanks!
     

    birdlawspecialist

    Star Member
    Gold Member
    Premium Member
  • Nov 9, 2019
    32
    8
    Is not having attended any open days or live events a negative to an application? What are other ways to show your interest in a firm without attending these these event? I am working full time at the minute so would struggle to attend the events this winter - I am working in the legal sector to gain more experience and have tried to complete virtual internships. Thanks!
    You don’t have to attend it’s just helpful to name-drop to show you made an effort to get an insight from inside the firm. You could maybe reach out to someone from the firm over LinkedIn or email to ask to meet super briefly over teams (explain what stage you’re at) or just to ask a question about the firm? I previously emailed a partner at a law firm with a question and he replied straight away. You could also reference reading e.g. an associate’s blog posts on a law firm’s website or listening to a podcast and mention why that got you interested in the firm and a certain way they do things there.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Jessica Booker

    About Us

    The Corporate Law Academy (TCLA) was founded in 2018 because we wanted to improve the legal journey. We wanted more transparency and better training. We wanted to form a community of aspiring lawyers who care about becoming the best version of themselves.

    Newsletter

    Discover the most relevant business news, access our law firm analysis, and receive our best advice for aspiring lawyers.