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    Has anyone had a vacation scheme at Stephenson Harwood yet and if so what did the assessment day involve?
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    Anyone done a Hugh James vac scheme? My two week placement starts soon and I'm bricking it about the Training Contract assessment at the end!!
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    (Original post by Hobes91)
    I've emailed too and no reply. Very annoying!
    Have they got back to you?
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    (Original post by Kim2222)
    Have they got back to you?

    No!
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    (Original post by narusku)
    There are two ways you can look at this.

    1) you could sit around and complain...though this will achieve nothing and you'll be no better off.

    2) you could reflect on why it is that your grades were not as good as you seem to have expected. Make a resolution to do better next year. Even if you choose not to apply to vac schemes next year (I think that would be a poor decision personally. You should email/call grad recruitment teams to see if it's worth you trying), you could always do so in your third with - hopefully- stronger results.

    All is not lost. But learn from this.


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    Thanks for replying. Many people have said to email firms but surely they'd just say no anyway as their minimum requirement is a 2:1 anyway? Definitely need to review my exam strategy, i think thats what let me down.
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    (Original post by ItsJustMe17)
    Hey.. so I just got my first year results and I'm extremely disappointed with myself and know that there's not really much chance of me getting a vacation scheme for next year.

    Grades:
    Law of Torts- 61%
    Public Law- 58%
    Criminal Law- 58%
    Contract- 58%

    I know. They're bad. My coursework was all of 2:1 (65%) standard but my exams have seriously effected my overall score and I'm very upset with myself.

    What are my options??

    (Side point: I have attended 4 law firm open days, I have a weeks work experience with DLA Piper coming up, possibly work experience with BT's legal team, work experience at a solicitors firm, part of Pathways to Law programme, I've had a full time job as a sales assistant coming up to 2 years, ABB at A level, extra curricular = netball team, representee for a society etc)

    Thank you in advance
    It would have been better if you had a broader spread of marks, so even something like 65,65,52,52. It would have came to the same mark, but would show that you're capable of getting a solid 2.1.

    My first year marks weren't much better than yours, and I did pretty well on the vac scheme front. You'll struggle to get vac schemes, because of the combination of your first year marks and your A-Levels.

    It might be worth sending a few apps, if not just focus on getting a solid 2.1 next year and apply for TCs next summer.
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    Hey,

    Has anybody had any experience in a DLA Piper vac scheme?

    I start mine on Monday and I'm really nervous, can anybody offer any advice?
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    (Original post by liarpoker)
    It would have been better if you had a broader spread of marks, so even something like 65,65,52,52. It would have came to the same mark, but would show that you're capable of getting a solid 2.1.

    My first year marks weren't much better than yours, and I did pretty well on the vac scheme front. You'll struggle to get vac schemes, because of the combination of your first year marks and your A-Levels.

    It might be worth sending a few apps, if not just focus on getting a solid 2.1 next year and apply for TCs next summer.
    What did you get in first year if you don't mind? And idk I guess I'll see and look around, but honestly think I'll.just try again next year. But it really has knocked my confidence and I'm wondering if I should continue with this career path or look elsewhere. I was so set on the solicitor route I haven't really thought of much else. *sighs*

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    (Original post by ItsJustMe17)
    What did you get in first year if you don't mind? And idk I guess I'll see and look around, but honestly think I'll.just try again next year. But it really has knocked my confidence and I'm wondering if I should continue with this career path or look elsewhere. I was so set on the solicitor route I haven't really thought of much else. *sighs*

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    I've seen plenty of trainees with awful first year grades. However they tend to come to it later (in their final year or once they have graduated) once their grades are stronger and when they have built up a strong CV.

    I wouldn't give up just yet - just keep plugging away at trying to get your grades up and building up the rest of your Cv.


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    Hey guys, does anyone have any experience attending DWF's assessment day? Please let me know. Thanks
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    (Original post by xLittleMissyx)
    Thanks and thank you for the DM!
    Penultimate year means second to last so......hate to burst your bubble but it means second years and not third years,as that would be final year students.
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    Had to turn down a last minute offer for a VS place for BDB as I'm at another firm right now but received a TC offer from TLT! Happy bunny indeed!
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    (Original post by legal_nyx)
    Had to turn down a last minute offer for a VS place for BDB as I'm at another firm right now but received a TC offer from TLT! Happy bunny indeed!
    Congrats! It must be such a good feeling getting a training contract; all your years of hard work has paid of- you're going to be a lawyer! Can i ask what uni you go to please?


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    (Original post by leumas9)
    Hey,

    Has anybody had any experience in a DLA Piper vac scheme?

    I start mine on Monday and I'm really nervous, can anybody offer any advice?
    DLA Piper looks like such a good firm, what/how did you find the application process?


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    (Original post by oli19919)
    Congrats! It must be such a good feeling getting a training contract; all your years of hard work has paid of- you're going to be a lawyer! Can i ask what uni you go to please?


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    I'm not at uni. Graduated from KCL with a non-law degree a while ago now.
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    hey guys what can I talk about in relation to client focus. I don't really know what it means and what to say. please help.
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    (Original post by electro14)
    hey guys what can I talk about in relation to client focus. I don't really know what it means and what to say. please help.
    It's getting at how a firm attracts and retains clients, e.g. Partner-led teams, fee arrangements, focus on industry sectors rather than areas of law, cross-selling of departments and international offices etc.

    A lot of the 'opinion' articles in Legal Week and The Lawyer focus on the above themes, so if you read some of them you'll get an idea of what different firms are doing.


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    Invited to a CC TC Assessment day early next week. Any advice urgently sought, thanks.

    PS White & Case vac scheme commencing next week - does anyone have any advice?
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    (Original post by lsekid)
    Invited to a CC TC Assessment day early next week. Any advice urgently sought, thanks.

    PS White & Case vac scheme commencing next week - does anyone have any advice?
    Are you taking a day off your vac scheme for the TC AD?
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    I'm afraid so though haven't asked W&C. Tried to book the evening sessions but as I only found out yesterday they'd been booked. Are you doing both the CC Assessment Day and W&C vac scheme?
 
 
 
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