Gemma is currently studying her GDL part time having studied History at Nottingham University. Having attended our virtual vacation scheme over the summer Gemma is due to commence her training contract in September 2022. Here Gemma speaks about her virtual vacation scheme experience.
What attracted you to BCLP and their vacation scheme?
It was a combination of the prestigious clients and high profile real estate deals that BCLP is known for, a reputation for good work-life balance, and how friendly and encouraging people from the firm were whenever I met them at law fairs or networking events.
Do you have any tips for the application process?
My biggest tip would be to do your research on the firm; demonstrate that you understand what sort of work the firm does and who their clients are. I also think it is important to be really clear about your motivations for a career in commercial law.
What was the toughest part of the application process, and what was the most enjoyable?
My answer to both of these questions is the assessment centre! It was tough and I felt like I was really challenged on my answers during the case study presentation and Q&A. It certainly tested my ability to explain my rationale and perform under pressure. The most enjoyable part of the application process was getting to know the others in my group during the assessment centre – we were a small group and really bonded during the process. I think it was a really supportive and positive environment which made the assessment day enjoyable!
How did you find the virtual vacation scheme experience rather than being in the office?
I was so impressed with how much the virtual vacation scheme gave me a feel for the firm’s culture and I came away extremely well prepared for my final stage interview. The ‘virtual coffees’ in particular were an opportunity for me to speak to lots of people from the firm at all levels of seniority and ask them loads of questions - I’m not sure I would have got so much one-to-one time with lawyers at the firm if we were in an office environment!
What tips would you give to candidates who are currently applying?
I would say, be yourself and make sure your personality shines through your application. Also, try to keep up-to-date with the business news headlines and keep asking yourself how a particular issue might affect BCLP or its clients.