Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is one of the top law firms in the UK. Being part of the BLP vacation scheme is a great way to help you on the path to a training scheme with the firm and beyond. This page we focus on graduate recruitment for both the graduate trainee scheme and the summer vacation scheme as they follow a similar process. Applicants for other jobs within BLP will find this page useful for the elements included in their own application process.
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:
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 answers in advance, and pick your words carefully.
Some tips for the application form:
For more information about law firm applications, check out our guide to law firm applications.
BLP is 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:
After submitting your online application, candidates for both the vacation scheme and training contracts are sent a link to an online verbal analysis test. This test is provided by Saville Consulting. Verbal analysis tests, or verbal reasoning tests, assess how well you extract information from a written text. The test has 2-4 sections, with 4 questions per section. You have 3 minutes to complete the section, giving you a very short time for each question. As this test determines if you make it to the next stage, your success is crucial.
Familiarise yourself with the test using out Saville-style verbal analysis test and get the practice you need.
If you are successful at the verbal test stage, you are asked to schedule in a telephone interview. This interview lasts 30 minutes at the most, and aims to find out more about you, your motivations, and your interest in the firm. Expect some competency questions, testing your skills and abilities. Remember that you need to illustrate your answers with examples of how you fit the qualities they are looking for above. The best way to do this is to use the STAR method which can help you structure your answer..
Questions and topics could include:
The best way to prepare for an interview is by doing a mock interview. With our Interview preparation pack, you can come into the telephone interview feeling confident in yourself and your answers.
If you come through the telephone interview successfully, you will be invited to the Berwin Leighton Paisner Assessment Centre.