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    Anyone know who I should address my cover letter for Squires to?

    Both LawCareers and Chambers Student have some variation of 'Graduate Recruitment Team', but starting it with 'Dear Graduate Recruitment Team' seems a bit odd, and 'Dear Sir/Madam' is too formal I think.
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    Had my interview for Jones Day today. They said it was going to be conversational and casual as some users suggested on here, but it was the opposite. Focused almost entirely on commercial awareness and issues and asked nothing at all of my personality etc.

    Not complaining or anything as it is to be expected, just warning those who have interviews coming up that it is not as casual as we would perhaps like.
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    Do any firms do summer vacation schemes in August, or is it practically unheard of?
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    also , is anyone having issues with the BLP online form? I can't get past the page that asks me what I'm applying for - it just reloads and turns all of the font an angry red colour
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    (Original post by hotliketea)
    Do any firms do summer vacation schemes in August, or is it practically unheard of?
    A fair amount of them will run into August. They usually try and wrap them up the week before the bank holiday weekend though.


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    I'm applying for Squire Patton and upon the cv upload section it states

    'Please make sure you include details of your academic history to date, including a breakdown of your grades.'

    Does this mean I have to breakdown my grades at uni? Include every single module? I'm afraid it'll take up alot of room...
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    (Original post by CH1234)
    I'm applying for Squire Patton and upon the cv upload section it states

    'Please make sure you include details of your academic history to date, including a breakdown of your grades.'

    Does this mean I have to breakdown my grades at uni? Include every single module? I'm afraid it'll take up alot of room...
    yeah unfortunately - it's a bit ridiculous they don't just let you put it as part of the form :') it can also help to give an average of your marks every year
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    (Original post by CH1234)
    I'm applying for Squire Patton and upon the cv upload section it states

    'Please make sure you include details of your academic history to date, including a breakdown of your grades.'

    Does this mean I have to breakdown my grades at uni? Include every single module? I'm afraid it'll take up alot of room...
    Yes - most firms will want to see a full module breakdown.

    If written well it shouldn't take up more than three lines of a CV, unless you have done a degree abroad and have many more modules than in the UK, or multiple degrees.


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    Got a rejection for Herbert Smith Freehills one hour after the submission of my verbal reasoning test. Anyone able to beat that?
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    (Original post by awfulsplleling)
    Got a rejection for Herbert Smith Freehills one hour after the submission of my verbal reasoning test. Anyone able to beat that?
    Sorry to hear that. They are very harsh and unfair, if you don't meet the benchmark its auto reject and they don't even look at your application.
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    Hey guys,

    So, what do you advise re cover letters when no name is specified?

    The firm in question is Baker & McKenzie - haven't been able to find something which I know for sure still applies. Should I contact them or just write 'Dear Graduate Recruitment' (which I don't particularly like tbh)?
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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    Hey guys,

    So, what do you advise re cover letters when no name is specified?

    The firm in question is Baker & McKenzie - haven't been able to find something which I know for sure still applies. Should I contact them or just write 'Dear Graduate Recruitment' (which I don't particularly like tbh)?
    Dear Graduate Recruitment Team in this case is fine. I did this in my letter and progressed through to their next stage
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    (Original post by vacschemestudent)
    Dear Graduate Recruitment Team in this case is fine. I did this in my letter and progressed through to their next stage
    Cheers!
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    has anyone heard back from ashurst?
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    Thanks for the replies guys!

    I have around twelve modules total, do i list the name of every module or can I do an average (?) of the year? Thanks in advance
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    im applying for summer internships in other industries such as legal and compliance. i am still applying to vac schemes, but my thinking is if i dont get anything law related this year, i can apply next year with some experience, and if i dont get a law offer, then maybe i will have a full time grad offer in another industry.
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    (Original post by CH1234)
    Thanks for the replies guys!

    I have around twelve modules total, do i list the name of every module or can I do an average (?) of the year? Thanks in advance
    I'd write it like the following:

    Year 1 - 60%: Contract - 60%, Tort - 60%, Constitutional - 60%, Criminal- 60%, Legal Systems - 60%, Public law - 60%

    Year 2 - 70%: in the same format as above


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    (Original post by J-SP)
    I'd write it like the following:

    Year 1 - 60%: Contract - 60%, Tort - 60%, Constitutional - 60%, Criminal- 60%, Legal Systems - 60%, Public law - 60%

    Year 2 - 70%: in the same format as above


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    Fab thanks!

    I'm going to shorten my module titles down so that should be grand
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    (Original post by hodgey111)
    Had my interview for Jones Day today. They said it was going to be conversational and casual as some users suggested on here, but it was the opposite. Focused almost entirely on commercial awareness and issues and asked nothing at all of my personality etc.

    Not complaining or anything as it is to be expected, just warning those who have interviews coming up that it is not as casual as we would perhaps like.

    Hey - was this for a winter vac scheme? Can I ask how they got in touch with you - phone or email? As I haven't heard from them since applying at the end of September! Thanks
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    (Original post by JKRP11)
    Hey - was this for a winter vac scheme? Can I ask how they got in touch with you - phone or email? As I haven't heard from them since applying at the end of September! Thanks
    For the winter vacation scheme and it was all via email. I applied at the start of September.
 
 
 
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