Aspiring Solicitors is a unique and invaluable resource for making contacts and developing your knowledge of the legal industry. The organisation enabled me to enhance my commerciality and importantly, develop confidence in my ability to secure a training contract with a magic circle firm. I urge everyone to make the most of the AS network, because it could make the difference between whether or not you secure a training contract.
Two main aspects of AS stand out to me. Firstly, the (...)
I joined Aspiring Solicitors in October 2014 after deciding that a new approach was needed to secure a training contract. The pursuit for the highly coveted training contract was increasingly becoming a hunt for gold dust. Whilst I have been very fortunate to attend a number of interviews and assessment days since I started applying for vacation schemes and training contracts in my second year of undergraduate study, I only secured vacation schemes after my involvement with Aspiring (...)
I would wholeheartedly recommend you get involved with Aspiring Solicitors (AS). I not only received access to law firms who opened their doors on AS specific open days, but also gained hugely from the training opportunities and technical events AS hold. Thanks to Gemma’s bespoke advice following several mock interviews and CV workshops, and the commercial and presentation advice I received from Jeniz and Chris respectively at the Law Extra and Springboard events, I felt that when it came (...)
Firstly, Aspiring Solicitors provided unparalleled opportunities for me to attend Open Days at a number of firms in the City. It was only from this that I was able to gain an idea of what sort of firm I wanted to work at.
Secondly, the Aspiring Solicitors website provides a wealth of information that helped me to prepare for Open Days, Interviews and Assessment Days - tips that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of before!
Thirdly, and most importantly to me, Aspiring Solicitors (...)
Aspiring Solicitors helped me secure my vacation scheme and training contract in two main ways. Firstly, AS provided me with amazing legal work experience through an in-house legal placement at Laing O’Rourke, and also through the Barclays Legal Experience Week. Both of these opportunities significantly bolstered my applications, and gave me much needed corporate legal experience whilst simultaneously increasing my commercial awareness. AS also helped me secure my vacation scheme and (...)
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 (...)
I used Aspiring Solicitors throughout the process of applying for vacation schemes and training contracts. At the beginning of the process, I contacted one of the Professional Ambassadors who gave me helpful advice on deciding which firms to apply to and practical tips on how to increase my commercial awareness.
I also attended AS events at several firms. These were a great way of finding out about the work and the culture of different firms and being able to tailor applications. Many (...)
Since becoming a member of Aspiring Solicitors, I have attended informative CV and application skills workshops in addition to Law firm Open Days and networking events. I have also found the online resources to be a great source of information when preparing applications, refining my CV and drafting covering letters.
Aspiring Solicitors have provided me with invaluable advice and guidance, which has given me the confidence to pursue my career in what is a very competitive industry. (...)
While applying for training contracts I used the Ask Us slots for both application form checks and interview preparation. I found the advice I received in relation to improving my application form answers invaluable, in particular the 'why law' question you often find on application forms. The AS team enabled me to get my key messages across in a clearer and a more impactful way. I also found the access to AS ambassadors on the website extremely helpful as I did not have contacts in the (...)
Being part of Aspiring Solicitors was a great help to me in securing my vacation schemes. I attended many of the AS events at the different firms which proved to be a great opportunity to network and was a useful discussion point on why I chose to apply to the firm.
Secondly, attending these events helped me narrow down the size and type of firm I was looking for. I would recommend attending as many of these events as possible as it is a good way to show firms you’re taking initiative (...)
If you are unsure of what type of law firm you wish to work at throughout your legal career then it is essential you see a variety of firms from the inside and interact with people who already work there. Not everyone has direct connections to such law firms, therefore attending open days and insight days are so important before you begin making applications. One of the firms that I received a training contract offer from, and had an incredibly insightful time at during their vacation (...)