How to Succeed on a Law Vacation Scheme
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Vacation schemes, one or two week placements at law firms, can open the doors to a training contract. In order to succeed, you’ll need to be well prepared and approach the vacation scheme with the right attitude. Here are some top tips.
Find the right scheme
Ensure that you thoroughly research the vac scheme that you’re going to take. Consider whether the firm aligns with your interests and your personality. Ensure that the city is right for you. This might be your best chance to secure a training contract, so make sure that it is a firm you really believe in.
A careful and thoughtful application to the Vacation Scheme
You need to treat the application process with great care. Show that you have researched the firm from the start, review and re-review any documentation and personal statements that you are asked to submit, and make sure to present yourself well – both in terms of how you come across in-person and how you write. When interviewing, make sure to show dedication to the particular firm, and practise thoroughly beforehand. Training contract exemplar questions, which apply to vac schemes too, can be found on the Blackstone Tutors site.
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Prepare for the Vacation Scheme
Research the firm more before you begin the vac scheme. Ensure you are up to date with relevant commercial news and current affairs.
Use the trainees to help you during the Vacation Scheme
You will find that the trainees will be your best ally on the vac scheme (along with the other students, of course). You should ask them for help whenever appropriate, and equally offer assistance to them whenever you can. Try to fill your time with as much ‘live work’ as possible. If you haven’t been given work, then be proactive and find some to do that will help the trainees and the team.
Be prepared for assessments to secure your Training Contract Place
The majority of vac schemes will have formal assessments in them. Expect interviews with partners, written exercises, or group tasks. These assessments will be used, along with your overall performance, to judge whether you are a suitable candidate for the firm’s training contracts in future. Therefore, practice the assessment structure beforehand and ensure that you bring any knowledge gained during the vac scheme to bear as well.
You’ll have the chance to mingle with others throughout your vac scheme – both in and out of work. If there are social events offered, ensure that you attend. Connections made here could make the difference between you getting a training contract or not, just as assessments could.
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