How to get into Commercial Law
Building your commercial awareness in the law sector
Complexity Easy Duration 40 - 60 min
In this module you'll gain an extensive understanding of commercial awareness in the law sector and you'll hear from a range of employees at Clyde & Co. You will gain key insights about law firms and expert knowledge from current trainees, graduate advisor, Victoria de Jonge and partner, James Major.
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Presenter
James Major
James Major
Clyde & Co, Partner
After graduating from Durham University, James Major trained as a solicitor and has established himself in the sector over the last two decades. James has been Partner at Clyde & Co for the last 9 years, as well as Clyde & Co’s Training Principal and a member of the Global People Committee.
After graduating from Durham University, James Major trained as a solicitor and has established himself in the sector over the last two decades. James has been Partner at Clyde & Co for the last 9 years, as well as Clyde & Co’s Training Principal and a member of the Global People Committee.
Lessons in this module
2
1. Introduction
In this lesson partner at Clyde & Co, James Major introduces what commercial awareness is and why it's such an important skill you show in your applications to top law firms.
2 - 3 minutes
2
2. How law firms work
When you're writing your applications, it's important you have a good grasp on how law firms operate as this will help to showcase your commercial awareness. Over the course of this lesson, James shares detailed insights on a law firm structure, the types of international clients law firms work with, typical trainee tasks, plus much more.
4 - 5 minutes
2
3. What you need to know
In this video you'll meet four trainee lawyers from Clyde & Co, who each share their top recommendations with how best to demonstrate your commercial awareness in an application. This lesson is a unique opportunity to hear from those who've been in your shoes, so listen carefully and you can bring together the knowledge you gain, in the next lesson.
7 - 8 minutes
1
4. Building your commercial awareness
For this lesson, read through the resource below.
10 - 15 minutes
2
5. How to approach key questions
Clyde & Co graduate advisor, Victoria de Jonge shares with you insider tips on the types of questions that come up in the application stage and how it's best to approach them. By following Victoria's expert advice, you can elevate your applications and really stand out.
4 - 5 minutes
1
6. Preparing successful interview questions
This worksheet is an opportunity for you to put into practice what you learnt in Victoria's previous lesson.
10 - 15 minutes
2
7. Summary
To conclude this module, James shares his key takeaways and outlines the importance of developing your commercial awareness.
1 - 2 minutes
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