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Law Training Contract: Application Dates and Information

Eversheds Sutherland are open for application from the beginning of March each year for training contracts starting two years later.

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Eversheds Sutherland is a global, multinational law practice formed through a merger of Eversheds and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in 2017. It is one of the 50 largest law practices in the world. It has more than 2800  lawyers, more than 4000 employees, and offices across the UK, USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. The firm focuses on four main groups – company commercial, human resources, litigation and dispute management and real estate. The firm advises industry sectors including aerospace, defence and security, central government, education healthcare, finance, and more. 

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Law Training Contract: Firm Specialisms & Training Contract Seats

Your training will consist of four seats, each of six months. During each seat you will have a supervisor who will provide you with regular feedback. You will also receive formal feedback in the middle and at the end of each seat. You must take at least one seat in a contentious area. You will also be able to apply for a secondment at a client office, or elsewhere in the UK – or in the world – through Eversheds’ network of offices. You will be able to work on your strengths and weaknesses with your supervisor constantly whilst you develop. The firm recommends trying as many seats as possible.

Law Training Contract: Past Interview Format & Questions

After online assessments, you will have an online video interview focused on strengths-based questions. This will explore situations that you have faced before in life, situations that you could face in your new role, and what energises you about the role that you are applying for. It is a recorded online video interview – it is not live. You cannot, however, pause the recording.

The assessment day includes an interview and two exercises, per Eversheds’ site.

In-tray Exercise

This is seen as the hardest part of the day by previous applicants. Their experience was as follows:
You will have a period of 90 minutes in which you manage your inbox. You will have one core piece of work to focus on, which involves drafting a document – this requires reading multiple other documents and precis-ing them. While you do the core task, you will continue to receive other emails with other tasks to attend to.

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Competency Interview

There are no commercial questions in this interview, nor anything about the firm.
Expect questions like:
– What is your motivation for studying law?

– Why do you want to work here, at Eversheds Sutherland?
– What do you enjoy doing?
– How would you feel if you were asked to work late because another colleague chose to leave early?
– How can you demonstrate your ability in teamwork to us?
– How can you demonstrate your communication skills to us?
– Please provide an example of your communication skills being vital to your work in the past.
– Are you aware of any recent cases that the firm was involved in?
– Please identify your primary strengths. How have you demonstrated these strengths?
– Please identify your primary weakness. How can you deal with this weakness. When has this weakness affected you?
– Tell me about your work experience.
– When did you decide to become a lawyer and what did you learn about yourself through the process of this?

Internal Meeting Simulation / Partner Interview

There are conflicting reports on what is involved here, and it seems Eversheds have been recently revamping their approach to assessment. However, the overall approach here appears to be as follows:
– You will take part in some form of role play exercise. This will involve you being provided with a set of documents to read, or a ‘fact pack’ of some sort. Essentially, you will need to quickly assimilate some information. You will then be tasked with representing part of the firm in order to make a decision. This will involve you attending an internal meeting with a lawyer (partner) from another department of the firm. Here, you will discuss the issues in the documents and try to come to an amicable conclusion. You will need to argue your case, and protect the interests of your side, whilst remaining tactful and respectful of the other side and their arguments.
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