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Is life as a City Solicitor - think firms like Linklaters, Allen & Overy etc. what you might call 'intellectually challenging' or 'stimulating' and fulfilling? Does anyone on TSR work there/know anyone who does? What's the general consensus on what life is like?
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Is life as a City Solicitor - think firms like Linklaters, Allen & Overy etc. what you might call 'intellectually challenging' or 'stimulating' and fulfilling? Does anyone on TSR work there/know anyone who does? What's the general consensus on what life is like?
It's very intense, gruelling work. In terms of it being 'intellectually challenging', that depends on how you define it. One of my mates is on her first seat at Links and she often spends 6-8 hours researching a particular issue. Her average day is about 10-14 hours long and even then there's always a ton of work to be done.
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It's very intense, gruelling work. In terms of it being 'intellectually challenging', that depends on how you define it. One of my mates is on her first seat at Links and she often spends 6-8 hours researching a particular issue. Her average day is about 10-14 hours long and even then there's always a ton of work to be done.
What I mean is, is it difficult? Do you have to be intelligent to do the work?
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What I mean is, is it difficult? Do you have to be intelligent to do the work?
Well, yes, of course. That's why they hire the most intelligent/brilliant students they can find.
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What I mean is, is it difficult? Do you have to be intelligent to do the work?
I don't think it takes a genius to be a trainee solicitor; if you have the requisite grades the chances are you are intellectually capable.

It takes some brains and guile to progress much beyond NQ though, it seems to me.


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I don't think it takes a genius to be a trainee solicitor; if you have the requisite grades the chances are you are intellectually capable.

It takes some brains and guile to progress much beyond NQ though, it seems to me.


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I've read things from by solicitors - both newly qualified and experienced, that claim their job is essentially abhorrently dull and undemanding - apparently anyone with any reasonable qualification would be capable - is that something you agree with?
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I've read things from by solicitors - both newly qualified and experienced, that claim their job is essentially abhorrently dull and undemanding - apparently anyone with any reasonable qualification would be capable - is that something you agree with?
Umm I don't necessarily agree. Many solicitors say this, but they are usually pretty bright and underestimate that.


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