The interview process was non-intimidating. I felt as though recruitment made a conscious effort to put me at ease at the assessment centre, so as to get the best out of me. It comprised of a personal interview involving a case study scenario, and a business game requiring teamwork and debating.
I’d definitely say the variety. In the 2 weeks my exposure ranged from: copyright litigation, a bankruptcy hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, a client meeting at Deloitte, and an evening Pro Bono session. It was a glimpse of the fast-paced and diverse nature of life as a Taylor Wessing lawyer.
“I felt like I was making a significant contribution, having to multitask and effectively time-manage. ”
The work assigned was real-life trainee tasks, on current deals and issues, not artificial vacation-scheme work as I had experienced elsewhere. I felt like I was making a significant contribution, having to multitask and effectively time-manage.
I genuinely felt a valued and trusted member of the team, despite only being at the very start of my legal career.
The vacation scheme is action-packed so make sure you engage in every activity to the best of your abilities, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Finally, it’s a cliché but don’t forget to be yourself. I think the best way to shine is by not being afraid to show a bit of your personality.
Coming from a non-law background required proactivity and an inquisitive outlook. It was sometimes challenging grappling with legal concepts in a totally unfamiliar academic field. It was a taster of learning on the job, but made all the more easy by a supportive culture where there appeared to be no such thing as a silly question.