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    I will be applying for the 2019 Training Contract soon. I've received a booklet of all the 'international' firms, and I have no idea how to narrow it down to pick the firms that I will apply to.

    Do you look at the major sectors they have? Although I am doing Law in university, it is still impossible for me to actually know what sector I like or what kind of law I like. I thought I like doing business/commercial law, but after reading some articles on the firms' website, I don't think I like to do that kind of work. It's hard to know what sector I like to work in without actually working there and trying.

    What do you look for in a firm when you apply?
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    Compare their requirements to your ability to meet them. You should only pitch yourself at firms you can get into.
    Read their website or prospectus and decide which firms appeal to you.
    Do research on what different areas are.
    Do vacation placements.

    Look at other factors.
    Training.
    Reputation generally or any specialist areas you are interested in.
    Character/ working environment.
    Location/ offices
    Pay.
    LPC suppprt
    Size of firm.

    If you are at the top of the pile then you will have choice.
    If you are at the bottom you get in where you can.
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    (Original post by pinkmemetchi)
    I will be applying for the 2019 Training Contract soon. I've received a booklet of all the 'international' firms, and I have no idea how to narrow it down to pick the firms that I will apply to.

    Do you look at the major sectors they have? Although I am doing Law in university, it is still impossible for me to actually know what sector I like or what kind of law I like. I thought I like doing business/commercial law, but after reading some articles on the firms' website, I don't think I like to do that kind of work. It's hard to know what sector I like to work in without actually working there and trying.

    What do you look for in a firm when you apply?
    I'd recommend applying for some open days or work experience before applying for training contracts if you are not sure. You will be competing against applicants who are sure and can articulate why they want to work at that firm. Firms look at that motivation pretty carefully, so it will be an important part of your application to develop.

    Also go to some careers events on campus this Autumn and speak to firms to get a sense of who they are.

    Also think carefully about what interests you. It doesn't just have to be about your degree modules, what stories interest you in the press and do you gravitate to? Do any of these correlate to some area of law?

    People apply to firms for multiple reasons, and it's not just about the area of law they work it, it usually comes down to the following:

    Type of work they do (practice areas and type of clients)
    How the training contract is structured
    How the trainees are developed on the job
    Firms culture - do they see themselves "fitting in"
    Secondment opportunities
    Opportunities outside of the day job - pro bono activities/extra curricular activities/charity work

    Too many candidates focus on the bottom two reasons, or even the bottom three. The firm wants to know you are going to enjoy the work/day job, so when doing your research think about those things, as well as your gut feeling for whether you like the firm.


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