Frequently Asked Questions

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Vacation scheme recruitment process

Applications for our 2018/19 vacation schemes applications will open on 1st October 2018 and close on 15th January 2019.

We do recruit on a rolling basis and whilst we do read all vacation scheme applications that have been submitted up until the 15 January deadline, we would recommend that you look to apply earlier to give you the best chance of securing an assessment day with us. We will be running assessment days as early as the end of October so we advise submitting as early to ensure we can come back to you quickly regarding your application.

We are recruiting for our trainees solely through our vacation scheme. To be considered you will need to apply for our vacation scheme, after which you will be considered for a training contract interview.

We only accept online applications via our website. Please note that CVs are not accepted as a means of application.

Yes, we welcome applications from undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates or career changers with any degree discipline. For those still at university we accept applications for our vacation scheme from penultimate and final year law students and final year non-law students.

There are a few very important reasons for us only recruiting through our vacation scheme. Firstly, hiring a diverse group of candidates has always been extremely important for us and historically we have always been able to attract and recruit a vacation scheme intake that comprises of many different types of people, including university students, career changers, mature students, those with childcare responsibilities etc. all with varying life experiences and varying levels of legal experience.

Secondly, as a firm, we aren’t looking for students who are able to ‘ace’ an interview or an assessment day, we really want to get to know students, on the job, over a couple of weeks to ensure that they are the right fit for us and equally that we are what they are looking for as well!

Thirdly, over the past few years we, like many other firms have found that we hire almost all of our trainees through the vacation scheme. Meaning that when we reach the direct training contract applications we are faced with a large amount of applications but very few spots to offer.

For all of these reasons as well as others we have felt that the ‘vac scheme only route’ is the best way for us to recruit our Trainees. 

Please direct any further queries on this to trainee.recruitment@mishcon.com.

Yes, we encourage applications from mature students and career changers.

Typically our applications will have a 2:1 degree minimum and ABB at A-Level, however we can be flexible with these and ultimately we look for the best candidates. Please don’t be deterred if your grades are lower than this, we are looking for people who have a strong application form across the board. Candidates should enter their GCSE, A-level (or equivalent) and a full breakdown of their degree grades on the application form.

We appreciate that results obtained abroad are not always in the same format as UK qualifications; however you should enter your results into the form in the best way possible. Please enter results equivalent to GCSE, A Levels and Degree (if you studied these). Any explanation of your results should be written in the ‘Additional Information’ section under the academic results part of the form.

  1. Application
    This form will require you to complete details about yourself including your academics and personal contact info, your work experience to date, details of any extra-curricular activities and you will complete some free-text questions.

  2. The 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?'

  3. 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. 

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

  5. 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. 

Video interviewing allows you, the candidate, to complete the interview at a time and location which is convenient to you. Our previous use of telephone interviews could mean that candidates waited longer to be able to book a slot and that the times available were not always suitable. This way we can move you through our process more quickly without compromising on the quality of our recruitment process. This is the third year we are using video interviews and we received very positive feedback during the last recruitment round about this method.

We want everyone to feel comfortable when completing our recruitment process. If you have a disability or condition that means a video interview isn’t suitable for you please email us at trainee.recruitment@mishcon.com, once you receive your invite to interview. We will provide you with an alternative that better suits your needs.

If you do not have the technology available to you to complete a video interview please email trainee.recruitment@mishcon.com explaining your situation and we will come back to you with another option.

Our covering letter has a word limit. Therefore we would recommend that you launch straight into your reasons for why you want to be a lawyer and why you want to practise law at Mishcon.  You do not need to address the letter to a particular person at Mishcon de Reya, and you do not need to include your address.

If you are unable to make any of the scheme dates please apply using the application form and explain your reasons for needing an alternative date within the ‘additional information’ section of the form at the end. 

Yes, we appreciate the time and effort you put into our application process, and we take the time to fully consider and respond to each application. It may take a while for the HR team to get back to you. Please be patient with us, we always endeavour to get back to candidates as soon as we can.

We aim to contact all applicants by the end of April 2019 to confirm the outcome of their application.

We do not have a direct training contract application process, if you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the vacation scheme you will need to re-apply again the following year.

Deadlines for applications is the 15 January 2019. Whilst we recommend that you don't leave it until the deadline to submit your application, if you do choose to submit on the last day you need to be aware of the quick turnaround times in which you must complete the next few stages of your application. 

Please enter a full breakdown of your academics in your application form. GDL and LPC grade breakdowns should be added into the post-graduate academic section of the application form.

Once you revice your invitation to complete the video interview, you will have 7 days to complete your video interview from this date. Please email trainee.recruitment@mishcon.com if, in exceptional circumstances, where you are unable to complete the video interview by your specified deadline.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to accommodate all requests and therefore this will be decided on a case by case basis. Please contact us by emailing trainee.recruitment@mishcon.com and we will happily answer any questions.

Due to the volume of applications we receive we do not provide individual feedback on the application form or video interview. You will however, receive individual feedback following both the assessment day, final interview and following your vacation scheme. 

If you have attended an assessment day or Vacation Scheme interview and have been unsuccessful, you may apply for the Vacation Scheme the following year. We encourage you to show you have learnt and developed from your experience and have taken on board the feedback we have provided during the process.

General queries

Yes, we provide full LPC and GDL funding, and a maintenance grant of £7,000 payable in the GDL and LPC year, including for accelerated courses. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to make payments retrospectively for GDL and LPC courses which have already been commenced or completed at the time of a training contract offer.

Due to the high level of demand for work experience, we are unable to accommodate requests outside of our formal programmes. We would encourage you to have a look at the details for our vacation schemes to see whether you can apply for one of these

We recruit paralegals on a rolling basis throughout the year, as and when the need arises. Please visit our current vacancies for more information.

If you do not currently have permission to work in the UK please provide full details of how you intend to qualify for this so that we can consider whether or not it is possible for us to progress your application. We will look at each application on a case by case basis. Any offer will be conditional on your right to work in the UK.

The first online assessment is a Situational Strengths Test (SST) where you will be presented with a range of scenarios and situations you may encounter when joining us. The SST will provide you with an idea of the culture at Mishcon de Reya and the typical tasks and responsibilities of our Trainees. There is no time limit for this test, however we would recommend you complete the assessment in one sitting. The second assessment is a Critical Reasoning Test (CRT), which assesses your current problem solving and decision-making skills. The test is split into sections, each with its own set of instructions and each section contains four questions. We expect the assessment to take around 45 minutes to complete. After receiving the initial email inviting you to complete the online assessments you will have 7 days to complete them. 

On the application form you will be asked to enter information regarding your working rights for the vacation scheme and the training contract. To provide us with further information, such as which type of visa you are currently on or will be for the training contract, please fill in the in the 'please add any further information regarding your work permit status' section, on the application form.

We have close working relationships with a number of Universities. If you think that the society you are involved with would be a good fit for Mishcon de Reya, please email our graduate team at traineerecruitment@mishcon.com with information about your sponsorship opportunity. 

Applications for our 2018/19 Sports Law Academy open on the 3rd of September. Requirements are minimum 2:1 degree and ABB at A-level but we are ultimately looking for the best candidates. Please don't be deterred if your grades are lower than this, we are looking for people who have a strong application form across the board. You should enter your GCSE, A-level (or equivalent) and a full breakdown of your degree grades on the application form. 

The Sports Law Academy starts on the 12th of November this year. Please see our Sports Law Academy page for more information on the timetable for this year's programme

This year we are attending the following law fairs: BPP, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Kings, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and UCL.

Yes we run two Open Days during the year. Our Winter Open Day, taking place on Tuesday 13th November, is open to all final year Law students and penultimate/final year non-law students along with those studying the GDL/LPC and who have graduated.  Our Spring Open Day, on Thursday 28th March, is only for those in the first year of their law degree or the first/penultimate year of a non-law degree.

Our Open Days are a chance to get a real insight into the type of work we do, the clients we engage with and life as a lawyer at Mishcon de Reya. It’s your chance to get to know us better and understand what makes us tick but we also want to leave you with an increased level of commercial awareness about how a law firm operates, the current legal landscape and the future of the legal market. We will have some really interesting speakers who will be delivering 'TED' style talks and you'll also take part in an interactive business game. There will also be plenty of time for you to mingle with our trainees and lawyers as well.

You should apply for the Open Day that you are eligible for e.g. don't apply for the First Year Open Day if you have recently graduated. We typically look for an expected 2:1 degree and ABB at A-level but we are ultimately looking for the best candidates. Please don't be deterred if your grades are lower than this, we are looking for people who have a strong application form across the board! You should enter your GCSE, A-level (or equivalent) and a full breakdown of your degree grades on the application form.

In April 2017, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) agreed to introduce the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) as a new approach to qualification. You should however continue to apply for our training contract as normal - the SRA's plans for the SQE are still under discussion and we will not be changing our route to qualification until the assessment and admission processes have been confirmed by the SRA, this is estimated to be in 2020. For more information and updates on the on the SQE, please see the SRA website.

We encourage you to study where is most suited to you and therefore do not have a preferred GDL or LPC provider. Neither do we specify the electives you should study. We advise you consider your strengths and areas of interest as well as the work Mishcon does!

Vacation schemes

We run three vacation schemes per year, one in Spring and two over the Summer.
Please find the dates of the schemes below:

Spring Vacation Scheme
Monday 8th April – Thursday 18th April

Summer Vacation Schemes
Monday 1st July - Friday 12th  July
Monday 15th July – Friday 26th July

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 programme and receive training on our IT systems. You will also get to meet our current trainees. During your second week you will also attend a training contract assessment afternoon. We hold social events in the evenings to allow you to get to know each other out of the office. Those attending the Summer schemes may also have an opportunity to attend the Mishcon firm wide Summer party!

Whilst you are sitting in our departments your supervisor will allocate work and provide feedback, during your second week with us you will also attend an assessment afternoon. Feedback from both your departmental work and your assessment day will inform the decision as to whether you will be invited for a training contract interview.

Yes, we pay the current London Living Wage. We also provide accommodation for those who live outside of London and for whom commuting is not a viable option, again this will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The amount of tax that you pay will depend upon your tax position (i.e. whether or not you are currently a student or whether you have been working etc). Before you join you will be provided with the relevant tax forms, but guidance should be sought by you from your local tax office.

Once our vacation scheme students have completed their programme with us they are considered for a training contract interview. When these have taken place we usually offer approximately 15 training contracts each year.

Graduate and Trainee Programme

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