This section offers you profiles of the men and women who have the ability to welcome you to the legal profession with open arms or close the door in your face. Read on for info on what makes them tick, what impresses them and what makes each of their firms unique.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP

  • Katie Sands

Graduate recruitment and development manager Katie Sands has plenty of sound advice on how to get ahead in the competitive world of law, and how to impress at a global firm like DLA Piper. 

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

  • Jen Baird

Let recruitment manager Jen Baird be your guide to applying for a vacation scheme or training contract at Hogan Lovells. Read on for useful details and extra information about the application process, as well as Jen’s wisdom on how to stand out from other candidates.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

  • Aidan Connor

Candidates seeking a training contract with Houston-based international firm Vinson & Elkins are looked after by Aidan Connor, who oversees all aspects of the London office’s recruitment and plays a key role in helping lawyers to develop in their careers once they join. Read on for Aidan’s application advice and for an insight into what makes Vinson & Elkins unique.

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP

  • Alexandra Simpson

Being a trainee at Cooley involves responsibility from day one, as this dynamic firm with a small trainee intake continues its meteoric rise in London. Legal talent recruitment adviser Alexandra Simpson explains the specific details of Cooley’s application process, what you can expect from a vacation scheme with the firm and more.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

  • Rebecca Marsh

Rebecca Marsh is passionate about Bevan Brittan’s people-first culture, the support of partners at the firm and the importance of fully researching firms before applying. Read on for more advice and insight into the recruitment processes at Bevan Brittan.