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    (Original post by liarpoker)
    Yeah, I didn't mean to come across work-shy. It does not seem structured in a way that you will have much time or need to go searching for work assuming your supervisor gives you the bare minimum to do.

    Just noting that out of the ten days, about 5/6 will be dedicated to replicating 'life as a trainees'. (i.e being at your desk for the majority of the 9-5 period...still some disruption to those days.)

    With the remaining days, frequent workshops/lunches/negotiation exercises/seminars/group projects just suggested that you wouldn't really be able to get into any real pattern/consistency during the scheme. Quite often, I'll be at my desk for 2 hours, going to a event, rinse and repeat.

    I'm assuming that all these events/seminars will all shape the decision making process, so won't see this as an opportunity to relax. I'm guessing things like going to lunch with three partners will be able to have a big swing on proceedings.
    The talks/seminars won't have a big swing on proceedings. It's unlikely the lunch with partners will do either. You could impress in all those things by asking questions yet still get average feedback from your department or assessments and not get a TC.

    The big factors are how you work in your department and how you work with your supervisors. That and any formal assessments like interviews. The group projects and negotiation exercise are also likely to contribute, although probably not to the level of the other assessments (although that depends on whether they are formally assessed or not).


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    (Original post by almvp)
    Quite disappointing... got offered a vac scheme but it clashes with my exams and there are no alternative weeks :/ they did say they will still consider me for a TC..just hope they remain interested!
    You could try and convert it into a TC interview - it's unlikely but I know it can be done.
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    How would you recommend preparing for vac schemes?
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    Finally heard back from Barclays inviting me to attend their legal experience week! Anyone know how favourably firms would look upon something like this? It seems like many people that participated in it last year had some success with TCs.
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    Anyone get invited to the Cooley open day?
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    (Original post by Horse273)
    You could try and convert it into a TC interview - it's unlikely but I know it can be done.
    They said that they would still consider me for the TC but they did not mention I had a guaranteed interview so we shall see! Thanks for your suggestion!
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    (Original post by Omiclops)
    anyone heard back from mishcon post AC? you know how long it takes?
    Not yet... They said we'd hear back within two weeks, so hopefully we will hear by Wednesday!
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    Anyone here attended an Eversheds asessment centre? If so any tips? What excercises do they make you do etc?
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    (Original post by kensh)
    Me too! Have you been to any other Open Days? This is my first one.
    Yes They're very informative. Just treat it as the opportune moment to discover all you can about the firm. Ask lots of questions!
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    Hey has anyone done a vacation scheme with Bond Dickinson? Have you got any tips?
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    Has anyone interviewed with Gibson Dunn yet? If so what was the format of the interview (commercial based/competency based/mixture of comm/comp/tests etc)
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    Anyone been successful for the GLD vac scheme? I got a rejection
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    (Original post by Kim2222)
    Anyone been successful for the GLD vac scheme? I got a rejection
    When did you hear? I'm yet to hear!
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    (Original post by student652)
    When did you hear? I'm yet to hear!
    Beginning of this week.. hopefully that's good news for you!
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    I didn't even think I would get one but I've been offered two vacation schemes for this summer - one at a US firm one at a silver cirlce firm. Had the US firm had gotten back to me sooner in the year I could have chosen dates that enabled me to do both but I only recieved the offer from the US firm yesterday and now the dates clash between the two.

    Does anyone have any suggestion for what I should do? I was thinking of calling up the silver circle firm and asking if they could move my scheme dates to the end of june but that would be cutting it very close as i would start next week! Or would it be better to maybe drop the silver cirlce firm and instead ask to be considered for TC? Any suggestions welcome!!!!!
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    (Original post by t.o)
    I didn't even think I would get one but I've been offered two vacation schemes for this summer - one at a US firm one at a silver cirlce firm. Had the US firm had gotten back to me sooner in the year I could have chosen dates that enabled me to do both but I only recieved the offer from the US firm yesterday and now the dates clash between the two.

    Does anyone have any suggestion for what I should do? I was thinking of calling up the silver circle firm and asking if they could move my scheme dates to the end of june but that would be cutting it very close as i would start next week! Or would it be better to maybe drop the silver cirlce firm and instead ask to be considered for TC? Any suggestions welcome!!!!!
    Gibson? If it is Gibson, I'm not sure I'd take it over the SC at trainee/vac scheme level (assuming that you mean somewhere like HSF, Ashurst, Hogan Lovells, Travers?

    Difficult decision to make, there's a chance that you could be able to go on to the June scheme imo, considering that people often renege over the year/sign a TC elsewhere. Not sure how hard it would be to fit in an additional person, assuming that there is space. The issue with this approach is that if they say no, and then you say that you'll have to reject, may end up burning your bridges.

    The second approach would probably have been better if you hadn't accepted the offer (i.e was just at the interview stage/offer had just been extended) I'm not sure how well it'll go down to ask for the silver circle firm to consider you for a TC and then go and do a scheme elsewhere. I think it would have been easier if instead of the silver circle vac scheme, you'd be able to do two schemes instead, difficult to justify when it's literally one for one. I think it would only genuinely work, if for some reason you were no longer able to do vacation schemes this summer. Choosing the US firm would be fine, but it would clearly indicate that the silver circle firm is not one of your preferred firms.

    In short, which firm do you prefer? If it's the US firm, I would politely try and see whether there is space in the June scheme for your silver circle firm, if not it's worth at least asking whether you can be considered for the TC before withdrawing.
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    (Original post by t.o)
    I didn't even think I would get one but I've been offered two vacation schemes for this summer - one at a US firm one at a silver cirlce firm. Had the US firm had gotten back to me sooner in the year I could have chosen dates that enabled me to do both but I only recieved the offer from the US firm yesterday and now the dates clash between the two.

    Does anyone have any suggestion for what I should do? I was thinking of calling up the silver circle firm and asking if they could move my scheme dates to the end of june but that would be cutting it very close as i would start next week! Or would it be better to maybe drop the silver cirlce firm and instead ask to be considered for TC? Any suggestions welcome!!!!!
    You had better call the silver circle firm now. Just be polite and say you understand it is short notice and that it might not be possible, but is there any chance to move.

    Then reassess based on what they say.


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    (Original post by liarpoker)
    Gibson? If it is Gibson, I'm not sure I'd take it over the SC at trainee/vac scheme level (assuming that you mean somewhere like HSF, Ashurst, Hogan Lovells, Travers?

    Difficult decision to make, there's a chance that you could be able to go on to the June scheme imo, considering that people often renege over the year/sign a TC elsewhere. Not sure how hard it would be to fit in an additional person, assuming that there is space. The issue with this approach is that if they say no, and then you say that you'll have to reject, may end up burning your bridges.

    The second approach would probably have been better if you hadn't accepted the offer (i.e was just at the interview stage/offer had just been extended) I'm not sure how well it'll go down to ask for the silver circle firm to consider you for a TC and then go and do a scheme elsewhere. I think it would have been easier if instead of the silver circle vac scheme, you'd be able to do two schemes instead, difficult to justify when it's literally one for one. I think it would only genuinely work, if for some reason you were no longer able to do vacation schemes this summer. Choosing the US firm would be fine, but it would clearly indicate that the silver circle firm is not one of your preferred firms.

    In short, which firm do you prefer? If it's the US firm, I would politely try and see whether there is space in the June scheme for your silver circle firm, if not it's worth at least asking whether you can be considered for the TC before withdrawing.
    Yeah Gibson Dunn. I was leaning towards the SC firm because of the already established reputation they have in the City but then I found an article on The Lawyer that outlined the percentage of vac schemers who were subsequently offered a TC and at Gibson 100% of vac schemers were offered a TC whereas at the SC I've accepted, only 39% were offered a TC. Obviously you have to account for the difference of numbers (30 trainees at SC but only 12 at Gibson) but even so 39% is a slim chance of vac scheme-TC conversion.

    I definintely think you are right. It would be slightly cheeky to ask to be considerded for TC but then renege on the vac scheme offer. Kinda contradictory as well. It's a hard one because I genuinley don't prefer one over the other. Yes there are differences between the firms but I've also understood that it is best to train at an English firm and then make the move to a US firm (correct me if I'm wrong).

    I'll try calling them asking to move my dates, I really hope that they can accommodate the change!
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    (Original post by t.o)
    Yeah Gibson Dunn. I was leaning towards the SC firm because of the already established reputation they have in the City but then I found an article on The Lawyer that outlined the percentage of vac schemers who were subsequently offered a TC and at Gibson 100% of vac schemers were offered a TC whereas at the SC I've accepted, only 39% were offered a TC. Obviously you have to account for the difference of numbers (30 trainees at SC but only 12 at Gibson) but even so 39% is a slim chance of vac scheme-TC conversion.

    I definintely think you are right. It would be slightly cheeky to ask to be considerded for TC but then renege on the vac scheme offer. Kinda contradictory as well. It's a hard one because I genuinley don't prefer one over the other. Yes there are differences between the firms but I've also understood that it is best to train at an English firm and then make the move to a US firm (correct me if I'm wrong).

    I'll try calling them asking to move my dates, I really hope that they can accommodate the change!
    Hi t.o, congrats on your offers! I hope you can get both, because they're 2 different firms and it would be difficult to decide unless you've had a taste of both- call up the SC and fingers crossed!

    Also what did you think of GD assuming you've been to an interview? Are they nice or really conservative? And without giving too much away which direction did the interview generally take? Sorry for the infinite questions, and good luck!
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    (Original post by summerlovin')
    Hi t.o, congrats on your offers! I hope you can get both, because they're 2 different firms and it would be difficult to decide unless you've had a taste of both- call up the SC and fingers crossed!

    Also what did you think of GD assuming you've been to an interview? Are they nice or really conservative? And without giving too much away which direction did the interview generally take? Sorry for the infinite questions, and good luck!
    Thank you very much!!

    I absolutely loved the firm - everyone was really friendly and welcoming and that made the interview immediately relaxing. I would say they are both conservative and nice in the sense that the interview questions were probing but it was done so in a relaxed setting. The associate and partner were really friendly and smiley and there were a few jokes throughout the interview.

    Interview was split into two sections - first part I was given an article and given 15 mins to read it and take notes. Then I had to answer some questions on it mainly about the argument that was being put forward. Second part was competency based - why GB, why law etc. All in all it lasted roughly 45 mins long

    Guessing you have an interview with them too?? Best of luck!!!
 
 
 
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