What does it take to be a successful lawyer, and better still a great shaper?
First of all we want people who are passionate about the law. A person who is driven and motivated. Who is grounded, practical and well-organised. Astute, tenacious and inquisitive.
Someone who questions and challenges, who leaves no stone unturned. But while you’ll be driven by a hunger to succeed, you’ll also need to be driven by values. We strive to live by ours every minute of the working day. They are that important to us. So alongside intellect and ambition, we look for integrity, honesty, collegiality and selflessness.
It’s not an accident that on the list of core competencies we look for in a trainee “generosity of spirit” comes before “motivation” and “drive”. So if you’ll do anything to get what you want, you’ll probably be very successful, just not here.
Don’t think interviews give you enough time to shine?
We agree. That’s why we’ve scrapped them. Instead we now recruit all our trainees through our vacation scheme: a two-week “interview” in which you actually get to do the job, and we get to know you. You’ll sit in two different practice areas, and team up with partners and current trainees alike. But best of all you’ll be given your first chance to shape something: your future.
Our applications open on 1 October 2017 for all our schemes (Spring and Summer). They close on 15 January 2018.
The Vacation Scheme 2017/18
Our applications for the 2017/18 Vacation schemes open on 1 October 2017.
Key tips for your application
We know it can be a daunting task when faced with submitting applications for vacation schemes and we want you to be able to perform to the best of your ability. That is why we have put together this (not exhaustive, but hopefully helpful) set of tips to aid you when it comes to completing your application form with us. It is worth noting that whilst this is tailored to the Mishcon application it may also be useful if you are applying elsewhere.
Lastly, we want to say that we really appreciate the time taken by each of our applicants to complete our application form. That is why we read each one individually and don’t use any form of automated filtering. It takes us a while to read through all of them so we really appreciate your patience in waiting for a response from us. Please note that we do recruit on a rolling basis (we don’t wait until the deadline to begin reviewing applications), so the earlier you apply, the earlier you will hear back about the status of your application. Last year we received nearly 400 applications in the last few days so do be aware that if you wait until that time, it will take longer for us to come back to you.