Do remember that each application and CV should be personal so there is not a definitive way in which to do things.  But there are some suggestions of things that work best.   I shall bring them to you as I can.

This page is subdivided so that you can look at the topic which is most relevant to you.

Generic help

For generic help to write applications read the Careers Service’s advice here: Making Applications – but remember that a legal application may need some ‘tweaks’ and very focused answered.  There’ll be more information on this page soon.

Application forms

this is an absolute must read…. http://www.freshfields.com/uploadedFiles/Locations/United_Kingdom/EuroRscg/Content/A_guide_to_a_career_in_law/The%20perfect%20application%202014-15.pdf

This is also a really useful article:  https://www.lawcareers.net/Information/Features/04072017-Application-master-class?c=S135817&i=S135817

Read the Careers Service’s advice here  Making Applications – but remember that a legal application may need some ‘tweaks’ and very focused answered.  There’ll be more information on this page soon.

Cover letters

What is a covering letter
When you need a covering letter
How to write a covering letter.

Whilst the following article was written to assist with application forms it is very relevant to cover letters also.

this is an absolute must read…. http://www.freshfields.com/uploadedFiles/Locations/United_Kingdom/EuroRscg/Content/A_guide_to_a_career_in_law/The%20perfect%20application%202014-15.pdf

Assessment centres/assessment day

Assessment days can be nerve-wracking but the key to enjoying them and performing well is to be prepared.   Read the invitation you have been sent as it is likely that there will be details of what to expect.  If note, use the legal carers websites and forums to find out about other applicants’ experiences on the day (but remember that firms don’t always stick to the same format and they will have a range of different ‘tests’).

Typically an assessment centre/day will consist of some/all of the following:

  • psychometric tests
  • some kind of English and/or numeracy test.  Situational judgment or critical thinking tests are now common.
  • A group exercise where you will be given a legal or commercial problem to consider.  Usually, you are asked how you would approach advising the client.   You are not expected to know the law – this is more about your problem solving skills/how you approach it, teamwork and commercial awareness.
  • An interview.  Some firms automatically interview you at an assessment day.  Sometimes it will just be the ‘first interview’ with a second interview at some future date.   Some firms run the assessment part of the day in the morning and interview those whom they are interested in during the afternoon (with the unsuccessful leaving at the end of the morning session).  Others do not interview at all on the assessment day.  Your invitation should tell you what to expect.

This is a useful article about assessment days http://www.lex100.com/index.php/content/290-the-law-firm-assessment-day

Practise psychometric tests

Practice will reduce your nerves and improve your performance.

The following practice tests are available:

Situational Judgment / Critical Thinking Tests

The following websites will help you to understand Situational Judgement Tests.