Nigel took is currently studying law at City University of Hong Kong. Having taken part in our Hong Kong Summer Vacation Scheme 2020, he is due to start his Training Contract in September 2022.
What attracted you to BCLP and their vacation scheme?
Through speaking with representatives of the firm, I was attracted by the friendly and supportive culture fostered at BCLP; and could see myself really enjoy working at the firm. I was also impressed by the firm’s vision to grow its Asia presence and to boost multiple sector rankings to tier 1; this showed ambition and I saw this to be the perfect place for me to learn and grow.
Do you have any tips for the application process?
Make sure you really research the firm and tailor your application – if you replace BCLP with another firm and it works, then you need to work on it again.
What was the toughest part of the application process, and what was the most enjoyable?
For me, the interview was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had, where I was made to feel very comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole duration – the interviewers were extremely nice and welcoming. One of the more challenging moments was the waiting after the interview, as everything was up in the air. The grad rec team were, however, very quick to come back with their decision, which helped to calm my nerves!
How did you find the virtual vacation scheme experience rather than being in the office?
Unfortunately, several social events had to be cancelled, but it showed how technology will play an increasingly important role in the legal industry. Whilst working from home, I was still able to communicate and connect with my supervisors through conference calls and emails. We were also very fortunate to have Skype and Webex, which allowed us to catch up with others as well as the opportunity to enjoy a cup of ‘virtual coffee’.
What tips would you give to candidates who are currently applying?
It is always better to be overprepared than underprepared. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from seniors or those that have been through the process.