The first stage of the recruitment process is the online application form. The form is important to BLP as it is the first opportunity they have for identifying the people they potentially want to work with them. For you, it is a chance to sell yourself, and to tell the firm why you stand out. As well as the normal sections asking about your education and work experience, there are some open ended questions asking for more information about you and your motivations.
Application form questions include:
- Why have you chosen to pursue a career as a lawyer working in an international law firm? Why specifically have you chosen to apply to BLP?
- BLP acts for clients across a wide range of industry sectors. Choose one of these industry sectors and highlight two key challenges that they are currently facing.
- Give an example of a time when you have had to deal with conflict and pressure. What key obstacles were you presented with and how did you overcome them?
- Please outline your interests, hobbies and travel experiences.
You have a limited number of words to answer each question. This limit may not feel sufficient for the information you want to put down, so make sure that you plan your answer in advance, and pick your words carefully.
Some tips for the application form:
- Do your research - on the website, on the areas of practice etc.
- Read industry publications.
- Find out what makes BLP unique and use it to tailor your answers in the open ended questions.
- Consider the core skills that the graduate recruitment team look for, and put them in your application form.
- Demonstrate transferable skills from any work experience you have had, no matter what job you were doing.
- Mention any open days you have attended.
- Refer to your hobbies outside of law.
BLP are clear about the qualities they are looking for in a trainee. They have even given what they are looking for a name - Berwin Leighton Paisnericity! These qualities need to be included through the application process at every stage. They are:
- Inspire confidence in others.
- Offer complete clarity.
- Lead by example.
- Take on early responsibility.
- Solve complex problems.
- Exceed our client’s expectations.
- Connect with people.
- Thrive under pressure.