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    Hi All,

    Applications for the 2018 vacations schemes are opening soon! I note that the previous years' threads (2016 and 2017) opened at a similar time to this, so like previous years, feel free to use this as a platform to help, bounce ideas from one another, and ask any questions.

    I wish everyone the all the best with their applications!

    To start this off, I intend to apply to a mix of Magic Circle, City firms (CC, Jones day, HSF and S&S) and a few North West based firms (DLA Piper, SPB etc.). Which firms do you intend on applying to?
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    Hey!

    I'm currently torn about where to apply to. My mind says to give the MC firms a go, but I honestly think I'll follow my gut and apply for firms like Farrer & Co, Withers LLP and Mishcon De Reya. I've done three family law placements in the Midlands this summer and I think that this is the area of law for me, but I have also spent some time doing Employment law and I really enjoyed that too. It's tricky because I could do Employment law anywhere!

    It's so overwhelming that we are making such huge decisions so early on in our careers. I'm hoping that everything will just fall into place, but I'd love to hear from anyone else who isn't going down the Commercial law route.

    I'll definitely be following this thread closely :-)
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    Going to start with winter vac scheme applications this year, I know a few firms open their applications next month.
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    (Original post by Digsy)
    Going to start with winter vac scheme applications this year, I know a few firms open their applications next month.
    Do you know which firms open their applications first?
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    (Original post by TheLawLlama)
    Do you know which firms open their applications first?
    Of the firms that I will be applying to, Linklaters.
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    I have no idea what level of firms for vacation schemes I should target, can someone help? I've neglected legal careers until now. Entering my second year at a top 10 RG uni for Law.

    Alevels AAAa
    Year 1 LLB average 63. Contracts 61

    No legal firm experience, although have helped law society with law related events. That's my only law-related work experience. So i'm concerned about my lack of experience. Thought getting a vac scheme would build my experience in order to apply for a TC, but turns out you need experience to get experience.


    Anyway, any suggestions would be good.
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    (Original post by nop20)
    I have no idea what level of firms for vacation schemes I should target, can someone help? I've neglected legal careers until now. Entering my second year at a top 10 RG uni for Law.

    Alevels AAAa
    Year 1 LLB average 63. Contracts 61

    No legal firm experience, although have helped law society with law related events. That's my only law-related work experience. So i'm concerned about my lack of experience. Thought getting a vac scheme would build my experience in order to apply for a TC, but turns out you need experience to get experience.


    Anyway, any suggestions would be good.
    Helping the law society with events is not work experience - that will be extra curriculars.

    Apply to some open days/go to careers events on your campus before applying for vacation schemes.

    Look at events like CityLawLive/NationalLawLive, or register with an organisation like Aspiring Solicitors and go to their events. That will help build up evidence of your pursuit of the career, especially where your legal work experience is lacking.

    You don't need legal work experience to secure a vac scheme though. I've hired enough people who haven't had any. But they did have other work experience and could clearly explain why they wanted to be a lawyer in the future.
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    Hi there!

    I'm glad someone opened this thread. Good luck with applications, everyone!

    Any other non-law students? I'm planning on applying to HSF, Pinsent Masons and Cleary for sure, then weighing up apps to Linklaters, CC, Freshfields, Addleshaw Goddard, Jones Day, Mayer Brown and White & Case. I also want to apply to Kirkland, Shearman and Eversheds in my 3rd year.

    What ECs and work experience has everyone got? I've done one law placement, been to some events and have had various part-time jobs.
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Helping the law society with events is not work experience - that will be extra curriculars.

    Apply to some open days/go to careers events on your campus before applying for vacation schemes.

    Look at events like CityLawLive/NationalLawLive, or register with an organisation like Aspiring Solicitors and go to their events. That will help build up evidence of your pursuit of the career, especially where your legal work experience is lacking.

    You don't need legal work experience to secure a vac scheme though. I've hired enough people who haven't had any. But they did have other work experience and could clearly explain why they wanted to be a lawyer in the future.
    Ah, open days and those events count as work experience? I see. That clears things up a little. Thank you.
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    (Original post by nop20)
    Ah, open days and those events count as work experience? I see. That clears things up a little. Thank you.
    Grey area really - but enough people will put them in work experience sections on application forms.

    Work experience isn't all about "legal work experience" in fact, that can often mean very little beyond showing evidence that you have shown interest in pursuing the career.

    If you have other work experience to show your transferable skills, and then have things like open days/events to show your pursuit of the career, and you can clearly explain your motivation for the career/firm, that combination can be fairly convincing.
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Grey area really - but enough people will put them in work experience sections on application forms.

    Work experience isn't all about "legal work experience" in fact, that can often mean very little beyond showing evidence that you have shown interest in pursuing the career.

    If you have other work experience to show your transferable skills, and then have things like open days/events to show your pursuit of the career, and you can clearly explain your motivation for the career/firm, that combination can be fairly convincing.
    Appreciate the insight.

    In regard to the level of firm, would you recommend applying to any top-tier magic circle firms, or would they be off the cards?

    Would it make sense if I hold off on the winter vacation scheme applications to try and focus on building more experience, by attending more events such as CityLawLIVE/AS events?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by nop20)
    Appreciate the insight.

    In regard to the level of firm, would you recommend applying to any top-tier magic circle firms, or would they be off the cards?

    Would it make sense if I hold off on the winter vacation scheme applications to try and focus on building more experience, by attending more events such as CityLawLIVE/AS events?

    Thanks
    Generally you are not eligible for winter schemes - they are typically reserved for finalists and graduates.

    You might as well focus on spring or summer schemes. Applications for those won't close until late Dec through to Feb, giving you plenty of time to build up your CV with some events.

    It is hard to say what firms you should be aiming for based on that information alone. My advice would be to get in front of the firms you want to apply to and then work out what they say about what they look for. What one MC firm looks for could be quite different to the next.
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    As far as I am aware, most firms open their applications on 1st Oct. Are there any firms that open on 1st Sep?
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by smashit)
    As far as I am aware, most firms open their applications on 1st Oct. Are there any firms that open on 1st Sep?
    Thanks!
    According to Chambers Student, these firms open their app from 1st Sept:

    Jones Day, DLA Piper, Ashurst, Morrison Foerster, Shearman & Sterling
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    (Original post by AB8)
    According to Chambers Student, these firms open their app from 1st Sept:

    Jones Day, DLA Piper, Ashurst, Morrison Foerster, Shearman & Sterling
    Thank you bro!
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    So glad someone opened this thread, I've been lurking on last year's for such a long time
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    2017 was my first cycle. Got a few ACs but they amounted to nothing & I ended up accepting a non-legal internship over the summer. Cautiously optimistic about my prospects this time round, though.

    Best of luck to you all!

    (Sidenote: Should we prepare a Google doc to track progress?)
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    Hello everyone this is the first time I will be applying for vacation schemes. I have informal legAl work experience but I was too scared to apply in second year as I only had a 58 during first year. Well I got a first second year so I'm taking the plunge starting with the winter schemes. Wish me luck . Also if anyone has any advice that would be swell.
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    Hi All,

    I have recently graduated from a RG university with a First class. I am set to commence a masters in Law and wanted to know, realistically, whether to apply for Winter VC or Summer VC? I am only interested in 4 - 6 firms namely, Linklaters, Bakers, Travers Smith, Freshfield etc... I fear that if I apply to these firms for a VC & I am unsuccessful, I might not be able to apply for TC & thus will have to wait for a whole year. So again, which cycle of VC are less in demand, Winter or Summer?

    Thank you in advance.
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    (Original post by cedrico tresor)
    Hi All,

    I have recently graduated from a RG university with a First class. I am set to commence a masters in Law and wanted to know, realistically, whether to apply for Winter VC or Summer VC? I am only interested in 4 - 6 firms namely, Linklaters, Bakers, Travers Smith, Freshfield etc... I fear that if I apply to these firms for a VC & I am unsuccessful, I might not be able to apply for TC & thus will have to wait for a whole year. So again, which cycle of VC are less in demand, Winter or Summer?

    Thank you in advance.
    Check your eligibility first. Some summer schemes will only be for penultimate year undegraduates. If firms have multiple schemes you might be eligible for one but not the other.

    I wouldn't say one vac scheme is more in demand than the other. Varies between firms. Unless the firm says otherwise, there is nothing stopping you from applying for a vac scheme, being unsuccessful but then applying for a TC with them in the same cycle.
 
 
 
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