"Although open evenings give you the opportunity to visit the office, most firms will also attend events across the country each Autumn, from University law fairs to presentation evenings, and we would suggest you find out where your chosen firms will be visiting and make the effort to go and say hello!
Speaking to recruiters and trainees at events will give you something to talk about on your application form when you explain your motivation for applying and, if you make a good impression, will help your application stand out. If you’re successful in gaining a vacation scheme place, it will help you to feel more comfortable and settle in quicker if there are a few friendly faces you recognise.
You will also notice that many firms are starting to dip their toes into social media such as Twitter, and this is a great way to interact with recruiters and trainees if your location makes it difficult to meet in person.
Having any form of engagement with a firm before you apply means you can start understanding the personality of the firm, which is incredibly important when deciding whether it's a place you could see yourself developing a rewarding career."
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TLT has created a £500,000 investment fund to help test technology and other ideas more quickly before providing them to clients.
Ashurst has promoted 21 partners globally, including eight in London, after a slightly reduced promotion round which saw Australia and the UK pick up the lion’s share of new partners. DAC Beachcroft, meanwhile, promoted 18 to partner in a significantly bolstered global round while RPC minted six in the UK and TLT promoted four.
In a muted week for lateral recruitment, Baker McKenzie and Eversheds Sutherland made hires in the City, while Eversheds also grew on the continent.
TLT has its sights on the £100m revenue barrier after adding nearly 50% to its top line over the last five years and having ring-fenced £500,000 to invest in enhancing its offering.
Having covered more miles than a general election canvasser, Lex completes its review of the regions in the South of England (excluding London), where trainees enjoy a healthy work-life balance and top-notch career prospects. Report by Kate Durcan.
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