The Official 2023 Training Contract Thread

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As with the vacation schemes, the next cycle of training contract applications has now officially started since Allen & Overy, notoriously first out of the blocks, has opened applications for 2023 TCs.

Application dates:

Allen & Overy: 3 August - 20 December 2020

Linklaters: 1 October - 10 December 2020

At some point I will update this OP with the details of when firms open and close their application window.

Disclaimer: while every effort is taken to ensure the accuracy of the dates in this post, it is always possible I have made a mistake so please do check!

Best of luck to everyone!
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Do you have to apply for a training contract before finishing university?
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Do you have to apply for a training contract before finishing university?
No of course not, but if you want to try and walk straight into a funded LPC and then a job, it helps to. There's no wrong path, it just depends on what you want to do.
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No of course not, but if you want to try and walk straight into a funded LPC and then a job, it helps to. There's no wrong path, it just depends on what you want to do.
I am interested in pursuing a career related to law, but I do not know anything about the process to get into law, and am currently studying computer science at university.
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I am interested in pursuing a career related to law, but I do not know anything about the process to get into law, and am currently studying computer science at university.
Which university year are you in at the moment?
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Which university year are you in at the moment?
I will be starting my 2nd year of University in September.
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I will be starting my 2nd year of University in September.
Then you're really quite perfectly placed. I'd recommend doing a lot of research and going to law firm presentations at university or open days/evenings at their offices, as well as considering applying to vacation schemes at firms you like the look of from these exposures.
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Then you're really quite perfectly placed. I'd recommend doing a lot of research and going to law firm presentations at university or open days/evenings at their offices, as well as considering applying to vacation schemes at firms you like the look of from these exposures.
Thank you for for letting me know. I am considering a career in research, with a specialism in cyber security, and possibly law enforcement or forensics.
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Thank you for for letting me know. I am considering a career in research, with a specialism in cyber security, and possibly law enforcement or forensics.
Ah you're looking at legal academia? Given your non-law background I'd definitely recommend getting some legal study in in which case. For law enforcement, you could volunteer as a special constable or see if your university has any links with the police force. At my uni, it's possible to volunteer as like a neighbourhood educator on issues like avoiding burglary etc. Unfortunately, I have no idea about forensics!
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Ah you're looking at legal academia? Given your non-law background I'd definitely recommend getting some legal study in in which case. For law enforcement, you could volunteer as a special constable or see if your university has any links with the police force. At my uni, it's possible to volunteer as like a neighbourhood educator on issues like avoiding burglary etc. Unfortunately, I have no idea about forensics!
Thank you for the advice. I will check if my university has links with the police force; do courses related to law online and look for vacation schemes.
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Thank you for the advice. I will check if my university has links with the police force; do courses related to law online and look for vacation schemes.
No worries. Best of luck!
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Hey how is everyone tackling A&O's new law question? I'm a little stumped.
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No worries. Best of luck!
I have found an interesting vacation scheme and would like to apply for it, but it requires an LPC. I discovered it is for mental health, but am not sure.

Am I be eligible for the scheme?
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I have found an interesting vacation scheme and would like to apply for it, but it requires an LPC. I discovered it is for mental health, but am not sure.

Am I be eligible for the scheme?
Do you have an LPC?
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Hey how is everyone tackling A&O's new law question? I'm a little stumped.
I tried to think about a current issue/topic which interested and was relevant to me and then considered a possible law which would be related to that - I was going for something personal and that I knew about, plus tried to think about both the impact and realistic nature of the law I was proposing. (I'm actually no longer applying so didn't get round to the details of the law I'd propose, but that was my approach!)

Hope it helps!
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Do you have an LPC?
No, but can you clarify what an LPC is?
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No, but can you clarify what an LPC is?
It’s the Legal Practice Course taken after the qualifying law degree.
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Is anyone applying to Bird & Bird?
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Is anyone applying to Bird & Bird?
I am!
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I do still have one final application for 2022 (recruitment delayed because of Covid). But I'm beginning to get things together for the next cycle now - halfway through putting together dossiers on the firms I'm applying to.

Good luck to everyone!
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