Our trainees are the future partners of our firm, so naturally we have extremely high standards when it comes to selecting the intake for the year. We look for around 22 trainees every year, which is a relatively small number for the size of the Firm. A law degree isn't essential - we're just as keen to hear from talented individuals in disciplines such as sciences and languages. Beyond that, we've put together a (non-exhaustive) list of the kind of skills or qualities we're after.
We look for a minimum of ABB at A level and a 2:1 in any degree discipline.
2) Commercial awareness
The best degree in the world isn't much use if you don't know how to apply it in the real world. You'll need a keen interest in and awareness of how business works and what drives our clients.
3) Communication and team skills
These are vital, as you'll usually be working as part of a team. You'll need to be able to explain complex issues clearly and to advise and negotiate with others, as well as supporting them, in order to deliver the best service.
4) Lateral thinking
Nothing in the law is set in stone. Precedents are routinely overturned so you'll need to be able to react and adapt quickly if the law is to be your tool rather than your straitjacket.
5) Focus and commitment
Like any rewarding career, law can be very hard work. Perseverance, enthusiasm, resilience and motivation will be vital as you're bound to run into thorny legal issues that defy all the standard answers.
We're going to be working together, so we look for people with a spark about them who'll be able to contribute to our open culture.
7) Planning and organisational skills
Client demands and external factors mean that timings are not always set in stone when you are working on a matter. We will want to see how you plan ahead and how you react to last minute changes.
8) Evidence you've done your homework
Whether you've done a law degree or not, we want to know that you're committed to a long-term career in the law and at Taylor Wessing in particular. So make sure you've done your homework.
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