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    (Original post by ChoccyWoccy)
    Also, I'll be doing one vac scheme at Easter and one at summer. Should I start applying for direct TCs after the Easter one, or wait til I've done both? :erm:
    You could even apply now and say that you'll be doing vac schemes and what youll be doing/what you hope to learn from them. I was told its perfectly fine to do this if you want to get your applications in early
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Might as well wait until you get your exams results from this year before applying (if applicable).


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    I don't have exams until finals fortunately!

    (Original post by hkmshire)
    You could even apply now and say that you'll be doing vac schemes and what youll be doing/what you hope to learn from them. I was told its perfectly fine to do this if you want to get your applications in early
    I think I do want to do at least the Easter one so I can use those experiences to help me explain an interest in law on application forms - it's just a question of whether to wait until the summer one is done too. Guess one is probably enough to help with the forms!
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    (Original post by ChoccyWoccy)
    I don't have exams until finals fortunately!



    I think I do want to do at least the Easter one so I can use those experiences to help me explain an interest in law on application forms - it's just a question of whether to wait until the summer one is done too. Guess one is probably enough to help with the forms!
    Oxford I take it. I'd still wait until the summer. They technically shouldn't offer you until 1 Sept (although many don't stick to that now) and so there isn't the rush to apply like there is for vac schemes.

    It's why so many firms won't open for TCs until 1 June.


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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Oxford I take it. I'd still wait until the summer. They technically shouldn't offer you until 1 Sept (although many don't stick to that now) and so there isn't the rush to apply like there is for vac schemes.

    It's why so many firms won't open for TCs until 1 June.
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    So there's not really an advantage in applying early for TCs like there is for vac schemes?
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    (Original post by ChoccyWoccy)
    So there's not really an advantage in applying early for TCs like there is for vac schemes?
    No. Except don't leave it until the last week of the deadline (like 90% of applicants do).

    Many firms will want to see your collection (or is it mods? I always get confused which is which) results even if they are not formal assessments.


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    (Original post by J-SP)
    No. Except don't leave it until the last week of the deadline (like 90% of applicants do).

    Many firms will want to see your collection (or is it mods? I always get confused which is which) results even if they are not formal assessments.

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    Mods are the first year actual exams, collections are the informal ones That's a shame though as collections are definitely more harshly marked than the real thing!

    Thanks so much for all the help you give on this thread
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    Where is everyone planning on staying over Summer for the vac schemes? (:
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    (Original post by ChoccyWoccy)
    Mods are the first year actual exams, collections are the informal ones That's a shame though as collections are definitely more harshly marked than the real thing!

    Thanks so much for all the help you give on this thread
    I don't think collection marks are taking into account, and if it was it would be extremely dubious. I've had some very generous marking and some terrible marks on account on not caring that much. Freshfields emailed me to ask for my 2nd year grades and I emailed back saying I had all my exams this year and they accepted that.

    In a similar situation in that I have a vac scheme for summer. I have an interview for a Freshfields TC and intend to apply to more training contracts when I have time in between revising..
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    (Original post by Defragmentation)
    Where is everyone planning on staying over Summer for the vac schemes? (:
    I'm from London by my friends are considering uni accommodation - places like LSE and Kings let you rent at decent rates apparently.


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    (Original post by pahoeho)
    I don't think collection marks are taking into account, and if it was it would be extremely dubious. I've had some very generous marking and some terrible marks on account on not caring that much. Freshfields emailed me to ask for my 2nd year grades and I emailed back saying I had all my exams this year and they accepted that.

    In a similar situation in that I have a vac scheme for summer. I have an interview for a Freshfields TC and intend to apply to more training contracts when I have time in between revising..
    I've asked for them in the past when recruiting for TCs, and for those who are vac schemes going forward for TCs. Even if they weren't formally asked for in an application, a lot of academic references provide details of them anyway, so they are thrown into the mix. How much weight is out on them is a different matter though.

    It mainly for consistency reasons. Your reviewing pretty much everyone else's grades (the only other exception tends to be those on a year abroad who don't get their grades until much later but they have 2 years worth of results anyway) so it's only fair to ask for them, just as a sense check to whether someone's continuing to do well on the course or not.


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    (Original post by J-SP)
    I've asked for them in the past when recruiting for TCs, and for those who are vac schemes going forward for TCs. Even if they weren't formally asked for in an application, a lot of academic references provide details of them anyway, so they are thrown into the mix. How much weight is out on them is a different matter though.

    It mainly for consistency reasons. Your reviewing pretty much everyone else's grades (the only other exception tends to be those on a year abroad who don't get their grades until much later but they have 2 years worth of results anyway) so it's only fair to ask for them, just as a sense check to whether someone's continuing to do well on the course or not.


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    Fair enough if recruiters ask for them (I wouldn't know having only applied to one TC so far) but they probably shouldn't put much weight on them. Naturally, everyone takes them far less seriously than real exams (and the conditions they're done in reflects this), and some tutors mark them pretty superficially.
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    Recruiters know that they are not formal. But they can be useful evidence, especially if someone's first year grades were not great.

    Reality is 101 other things will be prioritised in a TC applicant, especially if they have done a vac scheme and most firms cover their backs by making their TC offers subject to you getting a 2.1 or above anyway.



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    (Original post by Horse273)
    I'm from London by my friends are considering uni accommodation - places like LSE and Kings let you rent at decent rates apparently.


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    Just had a look, think I'm gonna have to end up spending the vast majority of my payment on rent
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    For those who have done video interview(s) using launchpad site, d you know if it is at all possible to rewatch your video, because i thought it was? just curious (also, i've noticed that one video has 'xxx' written at the end and my recent one doesn't - does this mean viewed or something?)
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    (Original post by TykeDragon)
    For those who have done video interview(s) using launchpad site, d you know if it is at all possible to rewatch your video, because i thought it was? just curious (also, i've noticed that one video has 'xxx' written at the end and my recent one doesn't - does this mean viewed or something?)
    I think it's up to the firm whether you're able to review the videos or not. No idea about the xxx. The video I did with them just says "completed" in the status line.
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    (Original post by TykeDragon)
    For those who have done video interview(s) using launchpad site, d you know if it is at all possible to rewatch your video, because i thought it was? just curious (also, i've noticed that one video has 'xxx' written at the end and my recent one doesn't - does this mean viewed or something?)
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    I think it's up to the firm whether you're able to review the videos or not. No idea about the xxx. The video I did with them just says "completed" in the status line.

    Have you got any tips for video interviews please? It's my first one soon
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    Does anyone have any tips for a Bristows TC interview?
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    (Original post by LawTC)
    Have you got any tips for video interviews please? It's my first one soon
    I'd say practise in front of the camera before you start.
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    what do people think about taking a year out before applying again for TCs? I'm graduating this year and have so far received PFOs so it's not looking too great...
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    (Original post by LawTC)
    Have you got any tips for video interviews please? It's my first one soon
    Who with?
    Some general tips:


    • Make sure you dress appropriately and formally.
    • Make sure you're in well-lit surroundings and that what you can see on screen is something you'd be happy for an employer to see (I did mine against a blank wall)
    • Have a glass of water handy in case you get nervous dry mouth, there are normally some breaks you can have a swig in
    • Make sure you look at the webcam/camera, and not at the very distracting image of yourself, otherwise it looks like you aren't making eye contact
    • Prepare well, do your research (obviously)
 
 
 
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