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    This thread is very quiet! Is anyone applying for Winter schemes at the moment?
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    (Original post by Perseverance)
    This thread is very quiet! Is anyone applying for Winter schemes at the moment?
    I've applied to Jones Day, Travers, Cleary and Stephenson Harwood. How about you?
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    If you applied to a firm and were rejected and are re-applying the next year, is it a good idea to acknowledge that fact in the cover letter?
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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I achieved ABB in my A levels but in my first year of law I got a high 2:1 (one mark off a first). Do you think my A levels are going to hinder my chances of success in applications that say they require AAB? Many thanks
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    (Original post by ads_88)
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I achieved ABB in my A levels but in my first year of law I got a high 2:1 (one mark off a first). Do you think my A levels are going to hinder my chances of success in applications that say they require AAB? Many thanks
    Doubt it, especially where you are only one mark off and if you have got a high 2.1 (which will be far more important to the firms).

    I would recommend contacting each firm though before you apply to check with them though.


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    Anyone heard back from Jones Day post interview?
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    (Original post by Plantpot201)
    Anyone heard back from Jones Day post interview?
    You had your interview for summer scheme?

    I sent my application 6 weeks back and haven't heard anything :/
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    (Original post by Plantpot201)
    Anyone heard back from Jones Day post interview?
    Nope, when was yours?

    They had interview days all this week as I understand it...
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    (Original post by AAADDD90)
    Nope, when was yours?

    They had interview days all this week as I understand it...
    Woah really :eek: ? I better get my app for them finished ASAP then...
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    @Lol Trisha, btw any firms which are easy to get in
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    (Original post by LOLtrisha)
    @Lol Trisha, btw any firms which are easy to get in
    Jones Day is definitely not easy. They get 2000 applications for 20 TCs. The numbers are insane
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    (Original post by AAADDD90)
    Nope, when was yours?

    They had interview days all this week as I understand it...
    Before Jones Day gave you an interview did they ask for a reference. If they did ask for a reference how long did it take them to get back to you after the reference was sent?

    thanks
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    (Original post by Cooke)
    Before Jones Day gave you an interview did they ask for a reference. If they did ask for a reference how long did it take them to get back to you after the reference was sent?

    thanks
    About 10 days, but I know my referee replied on the day of the request.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!
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    Can somebody help me out?
    I'm currently knee-deep in application questions, and one of them has me stumped. "What area of law are you interested in, and why?" - in responding to this, should I talk about the firm, or just talk about the reasons why I'm interested in a particular practice area?
    Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by reiiko)
    Can somebody help me out?
    I'm currently knee-deep in application questions, and one of them has me stumped. "What area of law are you interested in, and why?" - in responding to this, should I talk about the firm, or just talk about the reasons why I'm interested in a particular practice area?
    Thanks in advance!
    As with all questions it's a bit of both: obviously a big part of the question is about how interested you are generally and what kind of thing you particularly like. Certainly don't go to a City firm raving about family law... If you can talk compellingly about an area which the firm specialised in it definitely wouldn't hurt, and tying it to specific work the firm has done can also be good if it doesn't seem too much like you're shoe-horning it in. Doing some research on what the firm specialises in would be a good place to start.
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    (Original post by AAADDD90)
    As with all questions it's a bit of both: obviously a big part of the question is about how interested you are generally and what kind of thing you particularly like. Certainly don't go to a City firm raving about family law... If you can talk compellingly about an area which the firm specialised that definitely wouldn't hurt, and tying it to specific work the firm has done can also be good if it doesn't seem too much like you're shoe-horning it in. Doing some research on what the firm specialises in would be a good place to start.
    Thanks for your reply
    I appreciate your point, and yes I'm applying to City firms (although my area of interest is dispute resolution and litigation - is this too rogue?), however the word limit is 150 words. So I'm unsure as to how I'm meant to articulate this interest, my own relevant work experience to prove it, as well as the firm's practice..
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    (Original post by reiiko)
    Thanks for your reply
    I appreciate your point, and yes I'm applying to City firms (although my area of interest is dispute resolution and litigation - is this too rogue?), however the word limit is 150 words. So I'm unsure as to how I'm meant to articulate this interest, my own relevant work experience to prove it, as well as the firm's practice..
    Might be wise to be more specific than that (though what do I know). Maybe talk about a specific type of dispute relating to an area you've studied or experience you've done. If you lack experience or study you can always tie it to current affairs e.g. there was an article in the Economist last week about trade treaty dispute resolution (a very exciting area for some city firms)... That would be the point at which to look at the firm's specific work: trade disputes would be great for say A&O but not so much for a TMT firm (maybe there you could talk about IP litigation). As a general guide I'd look for an area of overlap between the firm's interests and your own.
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    (Original post by AAADDD90)
    About 10 days, but I know my referee replied on the day of the request.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!
    Thanks! How did you find the interview? What other firms are you applying to?
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    Hi I'm currently writing my applications for summer vacation schemes and am a bit confused about this one for Mishcon de Reya:

    If we were to invite you to interview, what is the subject that you would most like to talk about? And why? We are looking for you to choose a topic you are passionate about, that you believe will be of interest to us. (150 words max)*

    It just seems very broad, are they looking for a personal topic relating to my background and experience or a current issue relating to their business?!

    Also I unfortunately got a high 2.2 in my first year (no mitigating circumstances, just found first year hard), including 3rds in two modules. I managed to work really hard and raise my grades during second year to a high 2.1 overall with no modules below a 2.1, but I know my first year grades will still affect me... Do I still have a chance of a vac scheme?!
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    (Original post by OEN16)
    Hi I'm currently writing my applications for summer vacation schemes and am a bit confused about this one for Mishcon de Reya:

    If we were to invite you to interview, what is the subject that you would most like to talk about? And why? We are looking for you to choose a topic you are passionate about, that you believe will be of interest to us. (150 words max)*

    It just seems very broad, are they looking for a personal topic relating to my background and experience or a current issue relating to their business?!

    Also I unfortunately got a high 2.2 in my first year (no mitigating circumstances, just found first year hard), including 3rds in two modules. I managed to work really hard and raise my grades during second year to a high 2.1 overall with no modules below a 2.1, but I know my first year grades will still affect me... Do I still have a chance of a vac scheme?!
    The thirds will make an application form difficult, more so than the high 2.2 overall. It's not impossible, but they will be a pretty massive hurdle to try and overcome.

    You should pick a topic you want to talk about! If it is business related, great, but if not why is it important for you to talk about it in an interview. Does it demonstrate another set of knowledge you have, or emphasise a skill set not previously highlighted in the recruitment process/application form. The main thing will be to pick something you can talk about m, with knowledge, clarity and opinion.


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