After having attended Bright Network Future Lawyers 2015, Aidan will be starting a Vacation Scheme at Travers Smith in 2016. Aidan took time out of studying Law at the University of Cambridge to tell us about his experience of the application process and share his advice for others making their vacation scheme applications.
Why did you choose Travers Smith?
At Travers Smith it was clear from the offset that it was all about the people rather than the firm. Having met them at the Future Lawyers, the Assistant Graduate Recruitment representative confirmed in my mind that this was the firm for me. I'm a people person and it was clear that I could form valuable relationships and get on with the people working there. My gut feeling led the way.
Can you tell us about the application process – what was most enjoyable part and what was the hardest part?
I applied to twelve law firms in total and got into the ones I felt passionately about; and therefore put more time into the applications. The last minute applications I was rejected from straight away. Picking your top few firms and applying wholeheartedly is good advice.
I enjoyed the application process for Travers Smith. There was a CV, a covering letter and a half hour interview with a Partner. The interview was definitely the best part of the process – it felt more like an informal chat and not like an interview at all. I was prepared so it went well.
The personal statement was the hardest part of the process but networking at events such as Bright Network Future Lawyers meant that I had valuable comments, relationships to mention and quotes to pull on – which definitely set me ahead of the rest.
What are your tips for our members attending the day?
- Go with the right mind set: Some attendees went with the idea that it should be the firms selling their organisation to us – but you should remember they are looking for the right candidates just as much as you are looking for the right firm. It’s a chance for you to sell yourself to them.
- Have a list of questions prepared but go off the beaten track: It’s great to have a list of questions prepared in advance of the day so you can pull them out at will. However, it’s also about starting a relationship, letting conversation flow easily and ultimately allowing them to remember you in a great light.
- Meet as many people as you can: Talk to everyone – talk to other students, talk to lots of firm representatives and talk to Bright Network – this way you’ll make the most out of your day.
- What did you enjoy most about the event?
I loved meeting other people in the same situation as myself. There was a friendly rather than competitive atmosphere which was unique to this event. All students get equal time with firms so there's no fight to get heard or to ask your questions.