We caught up with Bright Network member Laura, who’s just completed her degree in Law from Exeter. She secured a Vacation Scheme with Michelmores LLP after hearing about it through a Bright Network email, and was happy to share some advice with other Bright Network members.
Why did you choose a vacation scheme with Michelmores LLP?
I came to university chasing London careers without really knowing about the wider legal market and it is expected of law students who want to become a solicitor to obtain vacation scheme placements and (hopefully) a training contract whilst at university. I started to think about where I would want to live and the South West was a huge draw for me, having studied for three years here. Researching and meeting people from the firm at events and the university law fair confirmed to me that Michelmores had the culture, values and development opportunities I wanted and appreciated in a workplace. They also have the largest team of agricultural lawyers - an area I am interested in and would like more exposure to.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
I had prepared for the video interview using online resources and made sure I could answer basic interview questions but there was a bit of a curveball when they asked mainly questions about me and my interests. That was tough as I then had to think on my feet and all my preparation hadn't helped, but it was nice to know that they genuinely wanted to see who I was and what motivated me.
My favourite part would probably be the interview. Even though I was so nervous it felt like a conversation rather than an interrogation. I didn't feel like they were trying to catch me out and they were so friendly.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Firstly, get as much experience other than in law so you can really understand what you want in a workplace and from your own career. This will help you find firms you are most suited to and make it easier to answer the "why us?" questions. Secondly, use university events. These can be daunting (especially in first year) but if you learn to network, have some interesting questions prepared and show you are really interested in a firm then it will make the process easier and they see your commitment to knowing the firm. The last thing I'd say is to research the toughest interview questions and have a rough idea as to how you would answer them, but remember that some questions will throw you off and therefore you need to be able to think calmly on your feet. Good luck!
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
My bracelet I've worn since GCSEs.
Big thanks to Laura for sharing her success story exclusively on Bright Network.