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Hi all,

I've been lucky enough to take part in two one-week law internships at two different high-level law firms. I feel I should name the companies in my statement, but I'm afraid of coming across as cocky/pompous.

What are your thoughts? Thanks so much.
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Names aren't important. What you did, learnt and how it's relevant to your application is.
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(Original post by timothyh)
Hi all,

I've been lucky enough to take part in two one-week law internships at two different high-level law firms. I feel I should name the companies in my statement, but I'm afraid of coming across as cocky/pompous.

What are your thoughts? Thanks so much.
No law is very competitive, definitely list it.
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Names aren't important. What you did, learnt and how it's relevant to your application is.
Agreed. But I don't see the problem with naming who they have work experience with, OP just shouldn't make a big thing about who they are.

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Agreed. But I don't see the problem with naming who they have work experience with, OP just shouldn't make a big thing about who they are.

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This is what I'm thinking, but I'd want to avoid any possibility of making a bad impression, right?
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Agreed. But I don't see the problem with naming who they have work experience with, OP just shouldn't make a big thing about who they are.

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I didn't say not to name them I said they weren't important. If they take up a lot of characters or aren't universally recognised names then they don't add much if anything. Reflection is key.
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This is what I'm thinking, but I'd want to avoid any possibility of making a bad impression, right?
If you read a relevant book you mention the title and author, if you work somewhere you mention the company. It's not a problem to do so.

But as alleycat said, it's not the company name (or book) that is important, it's what you got from the experience and that's the interesting bit you should focus on in the PS.
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I didn't say not to name them I said they weren't important. If they take up a lot of characters or aren't universally recognised names then they don't add much if anything. Reflection is key.
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If you read a relevant book you mention the title and author, if you work somewhere you mention the company. It's not a problem to do so.

But as alleycat said, it's not the company name (or book) that is important, it's what you got from the experience and that's the interesting bit you should focus on in the PS.
Perfect. Thanks for the help!
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