Commercial Awareness

Commercial Awareness Competition

Our national Commercial Awareness Competition, open to undergraduates, graduates and career changers, is one of the biggest competitions of its kind in the UK is now open for team registrations!

To register your team, please click HERE (deadline 5pm 10 October 2017).

In 2016/2017, the Commercial Awareness Competition had over 340 teams enter, with over 1500 participants, from over 60 universities.

What is the competition?

Designed to develop and refine each participant’s awareness of political, economic and current affairs and how each of these impact the commercial world, the Competition will run from November 2017 to March 2018 and will comprise of four or five rounds.  The Competition is CV-blind, as we only assess your performance in each round, not your academic background or previous experience.

What’s in it for you?

Firstly, there are our prizes for the winning team

  • One week’s work experience with each of our sponsoring organisations: Barclays, Clifford Chance, Dechert, Mayer Brown, TLT, and Travers Smith.  That is six weeks’ legal work experience!
  • A bespoke suit and shirt for each team member, courtesy of Lexis Nexis and A Suit That Fits.

Secondly, the opportunity to impress law firms.  In 2015/2016, every member of our winning team has since obtained a Training Contract, with an amazing 75% of the team obtaining a TC following the prize of work experience with a sponsoring firm!  A significant amount of other finalists impressed our Sponsors so much, they were also given work experience or vacation schemes with them, and several of those competitors have also obtained Training Contracts.  

Lastly, all of our 2015/16 finalists said the Competition had significantly improved their commercial awareness, their confidence and their understanding of how commercial law firms expect candidates to structure and articulate their thoughts.  

Some quotes from our 2015/16 Finalists

“Being part of the AS CAC 2015/16 consistently improved my commercial awareness and strengthened my soft skills, which allowed me to approach assessment centres and vacation schemes with confidence. As the winning team, we were awarded with work experience with the four City law firms sponsoring the competition. Ultimately, this prize of work experience gave me the opportunity to forge relationships with lawyers, demonstrate the skills I had cultivated during the competition and leave a positive impression, which undoubtedly helped me to secure a training contract with one of these brilliant firms!”  Roxanna Sarkar-Patel, Future Trainee Solicitor, Mayer Brown

“Aspiring Solicitors has created a fantastic competition, which drives students to develop skills that are directly applicable to the vacation scheme and training contract application process – an overall great experience.”  James England, Future Trainee Solicitor, Mayer Brown

“The competition prepares you for interviews, develops commercial knowledge and offers first-rate work experience opportunities to those who excel.”  James Alao, Future Trainee Solicitor, Magic Circle Firm

“I would recommend the competition to all aspiring solicitors including future trainees. You can never build too much knowledge and you can never practise enough the art of executing arguments and approaching counter arguments, as I have experienced in the competition. Chris, Gemma and Jeniz have all given me invaluable constructive criticism, which has been great preparation advice prior to attending assessment centres. I cannot recommend this competition enough!” Natalie Batra, Future Trainee Solicitor, Travers Smith

Who can enter and how do we apply?

Any team of 3 people who are:

  • undergraduates; 
  • postgraduates; or
  • career changers,

all of whom have not yet secured a Training Contract.  First years are welcome too – in 2015/16, a team of first years got through to the Grand Final!  You would need to be based in the UK or Ireland to attend the Quarter, Semi and Grand Final.

To view the 2015/16 Finals Day video to understand a little more about the Competition, please click here.