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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.

Spring: 3 April – 13 April

Summer 1: 2 July – 13 July

Summer 2: 16 July – 27 July

We now recruit all our trainees through our vacation scheme, this allows you to actually do the job and allows us to 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.

What is the structure of the vacation scheme?

Our Spring and Summer schemes run for two weeks, you will spend each week in a different department, allowing you to compare two areas of legal work. In previous schemes our students have been given drafting to complete, attend client meetings, been present at court, completed research and assisted our Partners and fee-earners with a whole host of other tasks. We aim to give our vacation scheme students a taste of what trainee life at Mishcon is life.

On your first day you will attend a half day induction to give you further information about the rest of your programmes and receive training on our IT systems. You will get to meet our current trainees on your first day too. During your second week you will also attend a training contract assessment day.

We hold social events on a couple of the evenings to allow you to get to know each other out of the office. Those attending the Summer schemes are also invited to the Mishcon firmwide Summer party.

We are structured into six different departments: Corporate; Employment; Family; Litigation; Private and Real Estate. Our trainees have the opportunity to gain experience, skills and knowledge from across the Firm in four, six-month seats.

If you are successful in gaining a training contract, you will be involved in a variety of cases with a high degree of responsibility. You will also be an integral part of the team and as you progress through your seats, you will increasingly be expected to play an active role in the management of matters.

During each seat rotation, trainees sit with a Solicitor or Partner who acts as their supervisor allocating work to them and ensuring that they are also getting regular opportunities to work with a variety of fee-earners. They also play an active role in advising and developing their trainee throughout their training contract.

At Mishcon de Reya, we are committed to the continuous learning and development of our people. We are a meritocracy, and from Trainee through to Partner, we offer a comprehensive learning and development programme to support our lawyers in acquiring the skills, knowledge and confidence to fulfil their career aspirations.

If you are an ambitious, hardworking and highly motivated individual, with the desire to succeed we would like to hear from you.

  1. Application - part 1

This form will require you to complete some basic details about yourself - your personal contact info, academics etc.

  1. Situational Strengths Test (SST) and Critical Reasoning Test (CRT)

These are online assessments, which are completed remotely by you, more detail on these tests can be found in the FAQ 'How do the online assessments work?'  You will have five days to complete these, after you receive the link.

  1. Application - part 2

This is a more detailed application form where we ask you to detail your work experience to date, your extra-curricular activities and you will complete some free-text questions.

  1. Video interview

You will receive a link asking you to complete the video interview. This is a one-way recorded interview where you will be shown a number of questions and have a set amount of time to record your response online.

  1. Case Study (face to face)

This is a face-to-face exercise which is completed when you come into the office. You will be given all information materials on the day and given time to prepare before meeting with an assessor.

  1. Interview (face to face)

This is the final stage in the process. The interview takes place in our office, and is a chance for our interviewers to find out more about you.

  1. Vacation Scheme

All of our schemes run for two weeks, you will spend each week in a different department. This allows you to compare two areas of legal work. Following the vacation scheme we look at the feedback from each of your departments as well as feedback from the assessment day you attend whilst on the scheme. Those that we recognise as having potential for future success at Mishcon are invited to a training contract interview following the vacation scheme.

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.

Ideally you will have spent time before you even begin looking at application forms filtering down your chosen list of firms. To do this many candidates start by looking at the practice areas which interest them most and end up with a long list of firms which operate in these fields. You may then want to filter on things such as location, firm size, salary etc. Once you have a shortlist you should continue to further narrow down based on other factors such as the growth of the firm, the culture, the length of hours generally worked by trainees, the opportunity to get involved in pro-bono work etc. – basically anything which is important to you in your working life.

You want to be very confident that any firm you apply to is one where you could thrive and you should be using all of the resources at your fingertips to ascertain this as best you can. It is actually very obvious to employers when candidates haven’t gone through this process.

A huge part of being a lawyer is being able to communicate effectively and succinctly. This is important in both your verbal and written communication. The application form is testing the written element so do not disappoint – in order for your form to be considered it needs to read well. Ask someone else to read over it for you. They can tell you if there are any portions which don’t make sense or have typos, spelling mistakes etc. – and they don’t need to be familiar with the world of law to do this, so parents and housemates are perfect as a second pair of eyes.

Read the questions properly and answer them fully.

It sounds obvious but many questions will have multiple parts to them so you need to make sure that you break the question down and answer everything that is being asked of you.

In this section you should make sure to include any paid work experience you have undertaken. We have had candidates in the past who have excluded non-legal related work as they feel it won’t be of interest to us. Please don’t ‘self-censor’ in this regard – make sure to include it. If you don’t have space in the work experience section you can add it at the end of the form in the ‘additional information’ box.

Most graduate recruiters are at this moment bracing themselves for a long season of reading application forms. Every year there will be a business related news item which 90% of candidates choose to talk about in their application form. The European Referendum and Brexit has been written about by lots of candidates before you. As a result, this topic quickly becomes extremely generic to those reading the responses. Don’t fall into this trap on your application form. Try to think of answers that will really grab the attention of the person reading. It may take a little more thought and time but it’s likely that doing this well will pay dividends when it comes to your application success rate.

This is particularly important when it comes to our ‘choose an issue’ question. This question may be slightly different to ones that you have come across on other application forms and whilst we do provide guidance on the form itself, many people don’t tackle this question as well as they might otherwise do with a bit more thought.

So many applicants spell our name incorrectly. Attention to detail is a very important skill in the world of law – check, check and triple check this.

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 on our list of core competencies that we look for in a trainee, “generosity of spirit” actually comes before “motivation” and “drive”.

So if you’ll stop at nothing to get what you want, you’ll probably be very successful, just not here.

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.

Good luck!

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