updated on 01 March 2021
Before applying for a vacation scheme or training contract at a firm, you need to do some research. This is important for two reasons:
We suggest using this set of questions (originally from The University of Law) as a starting point when researching a potential employer.
For a more in-depth guide to researching law firms, read our Feature “How to research law firms when applying for vacation schemes ”, which runs through the key places you should be conducting your research. You should also listen to episode 11 of The LawCareers.Net Podcast which is all about researching law firms and includes tips from graduate recruiters at firms including RPC, Osborne Clarke and Baker McKenzie, and read this LCN Says: “How to do effective online research for applications”.
A lot of the information for the below questions can be found on the LawCareers.Net directory pages – just search for the firm name. And don’t forget that you can use our training contract search tool to narrow down your options based on various criteria.
Place in the profession
The firm and you
We hope this is a useful place to start. To perform well during the application process (and particularly at interview) you must understand what makes the firm tick and that will require many hours of research – in various forms (again, reading LCN’s Feature on how to research a firm will offer more insight on exactly how to do this).
Armed with information, you can also then work out what you don’t know and still need to find out, and ask some probing questions of the recruiters and lawyers you speak to. The key to law firm research is unearthing some reasons as to why it is an appealing place for you – something you can only find out if you have taken the time to thoroughly look into the firm.