One of the most difficult questions to answer when applying for a training contract is to explain why you are interested in a particular firm. Going into an office and meeting partners and trainees gives a concrete reason which is likely to be more convincing than a competitor who had never set foot in the firm. As a member of Aspiring Solicitors I attended several Open Days at City firms, including Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright and Freshfields. I believe the experience gave me a huge competitive edge. Ultimately, I secured a training contract at Dentons. I am not sure that I would have, had I not attended the Open Day at the firm.
Competition for training contracts is extremely daunting. Getting your foot in the door of a City firm is incredibly important, and organisations like Aspiring Solicitors are particularly vital if you lack your own professional contacts. Becoming a member is also a great way to network with other aspiring lawyers. I am still in contact with aspiring lawyers that I met at Aspiring Solicitors’ events. We have all subsequently secured training contracts at City Firms. At the time, it was really encouraging to be able to talk to diverse peers about the hunt for a training contract.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to use opportunities generated by Aspiring Solicitors. Attending events will increase your employability and will also help you to figure out which firms you would fit into.