We recently caught up with Thomas (Early Careers Digital Advisor) and Zahra (Trainee) from the Clyde & Co team. They gave us their top tips for pursuing a career with the firm from the inside. Read on before you submit your application...
Thomas Hogan Zahra Laher
Before you start writing
Research is key
When researching firms, look at the sectors that they operate in, the clients that they work with and the industries they specialise in. All of these things will give you an indication of the scale of the work that the firm does, and then also will help guide you when researching specific deals in preparation for your interview.
Connect in advance
One of the best ways to make your application stand out is to connect with us. There are a number of ways to do this, attending virtual open days, networking events or through social media. This will help you learn more about Clyde & Co and their people, beyond our website, and in a friendly and social setting.
Build your commercial awareness
This type of question in the application process will encourage you to demonstrate your understanding about the current legal sphere, and how Clyde & Co and their clients operate within it. Be sure to tailor any news stories or cases, discussing the opportunity or risks to the firm and their clients.
Gather some work experience – and it doesn’t need to be in the legal field
Do not underestimate the importance of discussing your non-legal work experience. For us, non-legal work experience is impressive, it demonstrates a well-rounded character and highlights your transferrable skills. Be confident to talk about all your experiences so we can get a real flavour of you.
Plan your application
It is important to start your application well in advance of the deadline. Setting up an action plan will allow you to avoid a last minute rush, and will give you and others a chance to review your work and amend if necessary. This will ensure that you are reaching your full potential in your application.
When you’re writing your application
Focus on your attention to detail
When applying for competitive schemes, even the smallest details can make a difference. This can be anything from spelling and grammatical errors, to using outdated information on an application. As a Trainee solicitor, you will be regularly involved in high profile and high risk work where written communication and factual information can be decisive factors in the outcome of your work.
Talk about yourself
Clyde & Co pride ourselves on having a diverse range of Trainees in our intake. By talking about yourself and sharing your own unique experiences, you stand out from other applicants as memorable. This also helps to show that you have something unique to offer Clyde & Co that will help you contribute towards the culture of the firm.
Ready to use these tips to apply to opportunities with Clyde & Co? Find out more and view live roles on their profile here.