The global law firm held an exclusive Open Day which means I had the opportunity to receive tips from Recruitment Adviser Clare Feaver – straight from the horse’s mouth.
1. The Application Form
Clare said presentation is everything. Print off your application form before sending it. A messy layout will not make a good impression on any firm, let alone Herbert Smith Freehills. Your application should be well-written and structured if you wish to be considered a serious applicant.
Herbert Smith Freehill’s schemes are highly competitive so apply early to give yourself a good chance of getting a place. Preparation is the key so don’t leave your application till the last minute. Clare says she and her team can spot a rushed application from a mile away. Studies show candidates who perform well in verbal reasoning tests also perform well in their training contracts. Therefore, it is worthwhile practising these tests online.
2. Extra-Curricular Activities
Most firms, including Herbert Smith Freehill, desire well-rounded individuals who have achieved a 2.1 degree, alongside extra-curricular activities. Clare’s advice: see extra-curriculum as a way of revealing your personality to Herbert Smith Freehill.
Herbert Smith Freehills who do a range of pro bono work, values candidates who work at Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) and the Free Representation Unit (FRU). This shows the recruiter your practical experience and motivation to succeed in the legal sector.
3. How to Stand Out
Clare said her firm is interested in candidates who write articles. Blog for Lawbore or the Student Lawyer, or submit a case commentary to the Law Journal at your university. Keep your writing clear and concise- this is your opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the law.
Clare recommends reading The Financial Times or The Economist. Keeping up to date with financial and economic news will enhance commercial awareness.
Christianah Babajide is a legal journalist and aspiring barrister. She is studying her Bachelor of Laws at The City Law School. On behalf of City University London’s Careers Service, she hopes to write event reviews and be sharing crucial tips she has learnt over the years in her LLB degree on this blog. Christianah also writes for Lawbore as a Future Lawyer.