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    Hi everyone,

    I have an assessment day at Macfarlanes on the 6th Jan. It states that there will be a group exercise, a written exercise and a partner interview. Although this appears similar to most other assessment days that I have done, has anyone got any specific advice relating to the Macfarlanes one? Has anyone done one before?

    Thanks very much for your help.
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    (Original post by Swimmer)
    On Vac Scheme application is it common to ask for a cover letter aswell as to answer a number of questions? The one I'm working on now does ask for a cover letter even though they asked a number of questions...what should I include in the cover letter? Sorry for so many questions, I haven't done a vac scheme application before!
    The Macfarlanes application asked for a cover letter as well as numerous questions.

    I tried to provide a brief description of my relevant experience and skills that would help me be a success at Macfarlanes without providing the detail that I gave in the other questions.

    Try to avoid repeating too much information that you have previously given as it's redundant and I'd imagine it's rather frustrating for the reader.

    I focused on:

    1) Why do you want to work at the firm?
    2) What makes you a good choice?

    Hope that helps!
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    (Original post by Aspiringlawyer20)
    Hi everyone,

    I have an assessment day at Macfarlanes on the 6th Jan. It states that there will be a group exercise, a written exercise and a partner interview. Although this appears similar to most other assessment days that I have done, has anyone got any specific advice relating to the Macfarlanes one? Has anyone done one before?

    Thanks very much for your help.
    Congrats!! Whilst I'm afraid I can't offer advice, my Macfarlanes assessment day is on the 13th Jan, so I will be keen to hear what you have to say on here after yours - do come back and share your experience! :P

    It's also my first ever interview or assessment centre at a law firm, so I have a lot to learn I think!
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    (Original post by Aspiringlawyer20)
    The Macfarlanes application asked for a cover letter as well as numerous questions.

    I tried to provide a brief description of my relevant experience and skills that would help me be a success at Macfarlanes without providing the detail that I gave in the other questions.

    Try to avoid repeating too much information that you have previously given as it's redundant and I'd imagine it's rather frustrating for the reader.

    I focused on:

    1) Why do you want to work at the firm?
    2) What makes you a good choice?

    Hope that helps!
    Thank you! How many words did you write if you don't mind me asking?
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    Has anyone had any experience with Travers Smith interviews ? Thanks !


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    (Original post by TykeDragon)
    Congrats!! Whilst I'm afraid I can't offer advice, my Macfarlanes assessment day is on the 13th Jan, so I will be keen to hear what you have to say on here after yours - do come back and share your experience! :P

    It's also my first ever interview or assessment centre at a law firm, so I have a lot to learn I think!
    Yeah mine too.

    Yes I shall, hopefully it will have been a positive experience!
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    (Original post by Swimmer)
    Thank you! How many words did you write if you don't mind me asking?
    228.

    Seems quite short looking back on it!
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    (Original post by KatieRosePicknel)
    Has anyone had any experience with Travers Smith interviews ? Thanks !


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    Hey! Have you heard from them already?
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    I applied for their winter scheme and summer scheme but quite late on and they had just filled their winter slots but based on my application they offered me a summer scheme interview back in early December


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    do people think its better to make TC applications now or to wait until the June/july window opens up in case you manage to get a vac scheme somewhere and then have more experience?

    also thoughts on applying straight for TCs instead of for vac schemes? do most places stop you from applying for a TC in the same year if you didn't make it to a vac scheme?
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    (Original post by KatieRosePicknel)
    I applied for their winter scheme and summer scheme but quite late on and they had just filled their winter slots but based on my application they offered me a summer scheme interview back in early December


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    Oh okay! All the best!
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    How many vac scheme applications do you all intend to do each? I've submitted 5 so far (all relatively recently from mid Dec to now, so haven't heard back from anyone yet). Initially, I didn't want to do more than 7-8, but with several other firms capturing my interest, I'm not certain!
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    Does anyone find with a finished application that they constantly read it before they submit it? I have had one app completed for about a week now! I think it's because I've spent so much time and effort on it, that I want to make sure every little detail is correct and that I am happy with it.
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    (Original post by Aspiringlawyer20)
    Yeah mine too.

    Yes I shall, hopefully it will have been a positive experience!

    Good luck then, my friend!
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    (Original post by TrainingChopeful)
    Does anyone find with a finished application that they constantly read it before they submit it? I have had one app completed for about a week now! I think it's because I've spent so much time and effort on it, that I want to make sure every little detail is correct and that I am happy with it.
    I do this a lot, especially after I find a mistake after the third or fourth reading. You just can't afford to make a minor mistake for these top firms.

    Which app was it that took you a week?
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    (Original post by Horse273)
    I do this a lot, especially after I find a mistake after the third or fourth reading. You just can't afford to make a minor mistake for these top firms.

    Which app was it that took you a week?
    Happy to hear that it's not just me it's for Burges Salmon - I went to an event at the firm and really liked what I heard so decided to apply! Where are you applying to?
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    (Original post by NotMikeRoss)
    My efforts so far, mix of winter and summer vac schemes (I forget exactly which is which..!). I'm a final year non-lawyer:

    Hogan Lovells - WG test --> Phone interview --> Final assessment day --> Rejection
    CMS Cameron McKenna - WG test done
    Jones Day - Interview --> Waiting for result
    HSF - Tests done, waiting on outcome
    Weil - Waiting
    Skadden - Waiting
    Cleary Gottlieb - They asked for my results transcript..don't know if that's good or bad
    Mishcon de Reya - Video interview --> Assessment day to come probably in the new year
    Travers Smith - Interview booked for in a few days time
    White and Case - Waiting
    DLA Piper - Waiting but they're not rolling so will be a while

    If anyone has questions which I might be any help with feel free to ask
    Hi, I was wondering if you had completed your interview for Travers Smith yet? and if so, what sort of thing should I expect as I have an interview coming up in February. Thanks, any advice would be appreciated.
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    (Original post by TrainingChopeful)
    Happy to hear that it's not just me it's for Burges Salmon - I went to an event at the firm and really liked what I heard so decided to apply! Where are you applying to?
    Oh cool was that in their London or Bristol office? I've only applied to FF and Slaughters so far, but I'm planning on doing one or two more apps before the end of the holidays
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    (Original post by Horse273)
    Oh cool was that in their London or Bristol office? I've only applied to FF and Slaughters so far, but I'm planning on doing one or two more apps before the end of the holidays
    Bristol - only Bristol one I'm applying for so decided to apply for a VS to find out a bit more about the firm. Yeah I want to apply for a couple more - currently have a half completed one for Withers. Have you had any luck? Best of luck for your other applications!
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    Is it still worth applying to Freshfields now or is it too late?
 
 
 
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