Just wondering if some of the practising lawyers on here could please give some advice on where to really find out about firms before applying for vac schemes and TCs. I've been to a few application workshops etc and the HR managers have all warned us that they know everything that is on their firm's website and not just to parrot it in your applications.
Also, I've found that firms' websites all say exactly what you want to hear about them and all say pretty much the same things: client-focused, quality, tailored advice etc.
Was just wondering where is the best place to really learn about the culture of a firm? I go on to Roll on Friday and look at that, but again it is quite a limited resource.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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- 13-05-2013 12:06
(Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
- 14-05-2013 09:09
The culture of the firm? I'm not convinced you'll get a great deal of insight into culture or make a convincing point unless the firm in question has a reputation for their unique culture or you have spent time there (assessment days/tours). I'm not a practising lawyer but your research into what makes the firm stand out, their strengths, future outlook, clients, deals and developments can be found on news websites such as The Lawyer and Legal Weekly, directories such as Legal500, Chambers Student and Chambers and Partner, and general Googling. You can also email Graduate Recruitment or HR for information on things not mentioned on the website.
It's just a phrase I have heard being used by older students who have applied for internships/traineeships. I've heard some of them discussing that firm X has a particular culture or firm Y does. For instance firm X may have a better work/life balance whereas firm Y requires you to drop all pretence of a life outside the firm. I've also heard other students criticising the way that particular firms are run by management etc and was just really wanting to see where to really find out this information as they tell you exactly what you want to hear on their websites.
I've attended law fairs as well to try and get an insight into the particular working practices of that specific firm but I've found them to be of limited utility - a trainee isn't going to be as honest when a partner/HR manager is standing behind them!
I have read through the Legal 500 before and it was very useful
- 13-11-2017 00:37
- 19-12-2017 08:52
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