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Acing a vacation scheme application comes with time, effort and a lot of research. With the biggest vacation scheme deadline of the year – 31 January – looming (and many firms having their deadline before this), how are you approaching your applications?
Application advice isn’t difficult to find these days. The Internet is a sea of information with thousands of articles aimed at helping you stand out. Don’t forget, LawCareers.Net has 25 years of experience in helping candidates to secure their legal job, so this is a fantastic place to start. Plus, we just launched our very own Application hub, where you can discover advice to help you prepare for and ace your applications.
See the full list of firms’ January vacation scheme deadlines.
What do law firms really want to see?
We speak to many law firm recruiters, all of whom say that your applications must be uniquely tailored to them. This doesn’t mean you need to know everything about the firm you’re applying to, but as Samantha Hope, Shoosmiths’ head of attraction and recruitment, explained “It’s impressive when a candidate approaches us having done their research”.
That said, while your approach to each firm should be different, your method for writing applications should remain the same – take your time, carefully prepare your answers and pay attention to detail.
Here are 10 top tips that will help you to write an excellent online vacation scheme application.
Don’t forget that a lot of firms have deadlines before and after 31 January, so use LCN’s vacation scheme deadlines page to ensure you don’t miss the deadline for a firm that interests you.
It’s not an easy process but be yourself, take your time and do your research. Good luck and stay positive!
For advice from those reading your applications, read LCN’s Meet the Recruiter profiles to find out what makes them tick, the biggest mistake they see applicants making and the skills they want their future lawyers to have.