We caught up with Bright Network member Lauran Tai just after she secured a Training Contract with global law firm Clyde & Co. The UCL law student was offered the role after completing a Vacation Scheme with the firm. Read on to find out more about how she did it and what she learned.
I was initially interested in Clyde & Co because they’re a global law firm. They deal with insurance, shipping and litigation - all areas I enjoy studying at university.
Research is key
I completed a Vacation Scheme with Clyde & Co and really enjoyed my time there. I sat in the international arbitration group and was given a number of research tasks to complete.
For the Vacation Scheme application process I carried out a lot of research on the firm to understand what differentiated them from other firms. I also prepared my answers for the competency questions and why I wanted to go into a legal career.
As for the Training Contract interview, I carried out more in depth research on Clyde & Co. Spending time with the firm during my Vacation Scheme really helped and gave me more reasons to explain why I wanted to work with them. The presentation was a group exercise, so we were given a bit of time to prepare for it together.
I really enjoyed the interviews. I was so surprised by how relaxed they were – it definitely put me at ease. I think a large part of my success came down to how much I enjoyed the process. I feel I made the most of the experience without a doubt
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