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Think Talent- Legal Work Experience

  • Date: 8th January 2018 - 18th January 2018
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Barclays, London

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Aspiring Solicitors and Barclays are delighted to announce that they will once again be running Barclays Legal Think Talent, a unique work experience programme for aspiring solicitors with autism.  Barclays is partnering with Aspiring Solicitors and four leading law firms, Dentons, Hogan Lovells, Reed Smith and Simmons & Simmons, to provide you with four days’ work experience at one of these firms, followed by four days’ work experience at Barclays.

Barclays is delighted to invite Aspiring Solicitors members with autism to apply for a place on the 2018 programme.  You will have an exciting opportunity to see what life is like in the in-house legal team of a major financial institution as well as in private practice at one of our panel law firms, all the while provided with the right support to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the placement and able to make the most of the opportunity.

The inaugural round of Think Talent ran in January 2017 and welcomed five talented students with a keen interest in pursuing a career in law.  The programme was a resounding success and one student commented that:

My placement at Barclays Legal, as part of the Think Talent programme, was an excellent experience which included meeting some wonderful people.  There were many helpful workshops and training sessions.  Furthermore, shadowing in the Mergers & Acquisitions [team] was extremely insightful.  I would like to thank the Think Talent team for this opportunity…”

At time of writing, one of the students on the programme, Emily Daniels, has secured a training contract at Reed Smith and another student has a vacation scheme at another leading law firm. This is what Emily had to say about the programme:

“I honestly believe that taking part in the Think Talent programme was the key element in helping me secure my training contract. Not only was I able to gain an insight into working in a City law firm and the legal division of Barclays, but I was also able to gain tailored advice and training specifically regarding working in law as an autistic person. The level of understanding and insight shared by my hosts was simply remarkable, and gave me the confidence to reapply for my dream training contract.” – Emily Daniels, Future Trainee Solicitor at Reed Smith

As for our partnering law firms, they are delighted to be involved in this programme and have provided the following comments:

“Dentons is very proud and excited to have taken part in Barclays Legal Think Talent programme to support solicitors with autism. We have welcomed two Aspiring Solicitors giving them a taste of what is like to work in our Disputes Resolution team preparing commercial cases going to trial.  We provide work shadowing opportunities and key skills development to help them through the recruitment process and look forward to new Aspiring Solicitors joining us next year.” – Karen Jacobs, Managing Associate at Dentons

“We are delighted to be participating in the Think Talent programme once again this year. We are committed to supporting students from underrepresented groups gain valuable legal work experience and are pleased to be partnering with Barclays and Aspiring Solicitors to offer this opportunity.” – Jenny Briston, Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager at Simmons & Simmons

“At Reed Smith, we are proud to once again be involved in the Barclays Legal Think Talent programme. Diversity is a fundamental part of our recruitment strategy and this programme provides further access to a talented pool of candidates. Following last year’s successful programme, we provided work experience to an incredibly talented individual who we have since offered a Training Contract to. We are keen to provide further individuals with this unique opportunity going forward.” – Chloe Muir, Graduate Recruitment Advisor at Reed Smith

“We have a long-standing relationship with both Barclays and with Aspiring Solicitors, who have introduced us to many high calibre candidates. Hogan Lovells is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace and this is at the core of our recruitment strategy. This is the second year we have partnered with Barclays on the Think Talent programme to support solicitors with autism, as through partnering with business we can have even greater positive impact.” – Penny Angell, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for this event:

– you must be an Aspiring Solicitors member

– you must be an aspiring commercial lawyer

– applicants must be on track or have secured at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree

– we strongly encourage applications from individuals with aspergers/autism

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