Tell us a bit about yourself
I studied law at Cardiff University and recently graduated. I enjoyed my studies, and particularly enjoyed the commercial law module. I like how commercial law incorporates more than just the law, with other considerations such as political, economic, social, and business factors being important. Therefore, I knew that this was the area of law I wanted to enter into.
Aside from my studies, I also co-founded a blog called ‘What I Wish I Knew About Law School’. We share advice with law students and prospective law students on topics such as balancing workloads and securing legal work experience. We aim to give students a realistic insight into law school that we felt we didn’t have before beginning university. We also aim to demonstrate that the legal industry is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background; a commonality between lawyers is not their background but their work ethic and resilience. Our blog posts have also covered topics like advice on applying for vacation schemes and training contracts and tips on enhancing commercial awareness.
What stood out to you about Covington
What stood out to me initially was the unique practice mix that Covington has, including expertise in areas like white-collar crime and public policy. Also, the firm’s global reach and expertise in several jurisdictions, including the US and EU, was impressive. Upon becoming a part of the mentoring scheme, it was clear that there is no hierarchy at the firm; everyone is helpful and approachable. The culture is also relationship-driven in terms of both relationships with colleagues and clients. This culture appealed to me and is something I have experienced with my mentor, who has always been approachable and personable.
What did you enjoy about the mentoring scheme?
I enjoyed being able to receive tailored advice and guidance from my mentor. This was invaluable given that my mentor had already successfully navigated the application process and led to a significant improvement in the quality of my applications and performance at interviews. My mentor also ran mock interviews with me and gave me advice on answering challenging questions, which put me at ease before my interviews.
I also enjoyed hearing about my mentor’s journey into law, and they gave an invaluable insight into the legal industry. Although we would meet virtually around once every 6 weeks, my mentor was always willing to meet more often if I had any questions. This was particularly useful in January/ February when I had most of my assessment centres. My mentor was also responsive, and I would email them for advice quite often; an example of this was when I was offered two vacation schemes that coincided with one another. My mentor helped me in deciding which one to choose. My mentor showed an interest in my career progression and was supportive and encouraging throughout the entire scheme. We even keep in touch now the mentoring scheme has ended, so I can update them on my offers and decision about where to train.
What did you learn from your mentor?
I learned about commercial law as a career and the general skills and attributes needed to be a successful commercial lawyer. I was then able to focus on demonstrating these skills at assessment centres and interviews. It was also invaluable to hear about my mentor’s journey and their experience in commercial law, which further inspired me to pursue a career as a commercial lawyer.
My mentor also taught me how to answer questions well at interviews, such as by using the STAR method (situation, task, action & result). This considerably improved my performance at interviews. My mentor also helped me to improve my confidence and was encouraging throughout the entire mentoring scheme. They encouraged me to believe in myself and to have faith in my ability, which is something I often struggled with during the application process, given how competitive it is.
Has the mentoring scheme led to any positive outcomes for your career?
With the help and support of my mentor, I was successful in gaining four vacation scheme offers and two training contract offers, one of which is with a Magic Circle firm. The mentoring scheme has been instrumental in me achieving this. Before taking part in the mentoring scheme, I had been unsuccessful in securing any vacation scheme or training contract offers, and I would often struggle at the assessment centre and interview stage.
Anything else you would like to add?
I want to say a huge thank you to the firm and my mentor. I would encourage anyone to apply for the Covington mentoring scheme; it really has improved my confidence and has undoubtedly helped me to secure multiple vacation schemes and training contract offers.