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Explore Specific Leading Law Firms

Follow the links in the table below to learn more about the application and selection process of some known law firms.

Allen & Overy Baker & McKenzie Berwin Leighton Paisner Burges Salmon
Clifford Chance Dentons DLA Piper Eversheds
Freshfields Herbert Smith Freehills Hill Dickinson Hogan Lovells
Ince co Irwin Mitchell Linklaters Mayer Brown
RPC Simmons & Simmons XXIV Old Buildings  
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Aaron & Partners LLP Addleshaw Goddard LLP Anderson Strathern
Anthony Collins LLP ASB Law Ashfords
Ashton KCJ Ashurst B P Collins
Balfour+Manson Barlow Robbins LLP Bates Wells & Braithwaite
Berrymans Lace Mawer Bevan Brittan LLP Bindmans
Bircham Dyson Bell Bird & Bird Birketts
Blake Morgan Bond Dickinson LLP Boodle Hatfield LLP
Bott & Co Boyes Turner BPE Solicitors LLP
Brabners LLP Brachers Brechin Tindal Oatts
Brethertons LLP Bristows Brodies LLP
Browne Jacobson LLP Burness Paull Cameron Mckenna (Scotland) LLP
Capsticks Charles Russell Speechlys Clarion Solicitors Limited
Clarke Willmott Clarkslegal LLP Clyde & Co
Coffin Mew LLP Collyer Bristow Co-Operative Group Legal Services
Cripps Harries Hall LLP DAC Beachcroft Darbys Solicitors LLP
Dickson Minto Digby Brown DMH Stallard LLP
DWF LLP EAD Edwin Coe
EMW Law LLP Express Solicitors Farrer & Co LLP
FBC Manby Bowdler Fenwick Elliott LLP Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
Fladgate Flint Bishop LLP Foot Anstey
Forster Dean Limited Fox Williams Freeths LLP
Furley Page LLP Gateley LLP Geldards LLP
Gillespie Macandrew Goodman Derrick LLP Gordon Dadds
Gordons LLP Hamlins Harbottle & Lewis LLP
Harper Macleod Hewitsons Higgs & Sons Solicitors
HLW Keeble Hawson LLP Hodge Jones & Allen LLP Holman Fenwick Willan
HowardKennedyFsi LLP Howes Percival LLP Hugh James
Humphries Kirk LLP Hunters IBB Solicitors
JMW Kemp Little LLP Kennedys
Keoghs Nicholls Lindsell & Harris Keystone Law King & Wood Mallesons
Kingsley Napley Knights Kuits
Langleys Ledingham Chalmers Lester Aldridge LLP
Lewis Silkin LLP Lindsays WS Lupton Fawcett Denison Till
Macfarlanes Maclay Murray & Spens LLP MacRoberts
Matthew Arno Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP Memery Crystal
Michelmores LLP Mills & Reeve LLP Minster Law
Mishcon de Reya Moore Blatch LLP Morrisons Solicitors LLP
Morton Fraser Muckle LLP Mundays
Nabarro LLP Napthens Nelsons
Norton Rose Fulbright Olswang Osborne Clarke
Par Paris Smith LLP Payne Hicks Beach
Pemberton Greenish Penningtons Solicitors LLP Peters & Peters
Pinsent Masons LLP Pitmans LLP Porter Dodson
RadcliffesLeBrasseur Ramsdens Solicitors LLP Roberts Jackson Limited
Rosenblatt Royds llp Roythornes Ltd
Russell-Cooke Sackers Seddons
Shakespeares Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP Shoosmiths
Shulmans LLP Simpson Millar LLP Sintons
Slater & Gordon Slaughter & May Stephens Scown LLP
Stephenson Harwood Stephensons Solicitors LLP Stevens & Bolton LLP
Stewarts Law Stone King Taylor & Emmet LLP
Taylor Vinters Taylor Wessing LLP Tees Law
Thomas Eggar LLP Thomson Snell & Passmore Thorntons Law LLP
Thrings LLP TLT LLP Tollers
Travers Smith Trethowans Trowers & Hamlin LLP
Turcan Connell TWM LLP Veale Wasbrough Vizards
Walker Morris Ward Hadaway Watson Burton LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP Wedlake Bell Weightmans LLP
Wiggin Wilkin Chapman LLP Wilsons LLP
Winckworth Sherwood LLP Winn Solicitors Limited Withers LLP
Withy King Wragge Wright Hassall LLP

 


What Is the Hiring Process for Jobs at Law Firms?

  1. Application: Submit an online application including your CV and cover letter. This may include a section with space for freeform answers, such as describing your strengths and weaknesses. When describing your educational background, you should mention any academic honours or awards that you may have received. Sample strengths and weaknesses that we recommend mentioning in your law firm interview can be found below. Before submitting your application, always go over it first to ensure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes.
  2. Assessment centre: The assessment centre is a day-long evaluation which may include any of the following tasks and activities: 
  • An introduction to the firm: A partner or associate will describe the firm's focus, size, and company culture. You should listen carefully, as you can get a good idea of if working at a particular law firm would suit you based on the information that is provided. You may also get some hints of the traits and competencies that they value, and you should therefore mention during your interview.
  • A psychometric test: The purpose of the psychometric test is to assess your overall intelligence and work-related abilities. Since logical thinking skills are so important in the law, candidates are often asked to complete a logical reasoning test. Verbal reasoning tests are also popular since successful candidates will need to be able to comprehend and analyse large quantities of written information.
  • A group exercise: The group exercise allows the employer an opportunity to see how candidates interact in a group. You will be assessed for your interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and leadership skills. It is important to not appear overly competitive, to be friendly, and to cooperate with your peers.
  • A written task: As you know, a job at a law firm involves quite a bit of reading and writing. You will be presented with a question to answer or an argument that you must make, and you will be given a limited amount of time to write a response.
  • A meeting with current employees: This is your chance to ask questions and find out what it's really like to work at the law firm. Keep in mind that you are still being evaluated, so be professional and avoid questions about salary and work hours.
  • An interview with a partner: For many candidates, this is the most nerve-wracking part of the assessment centre. While you may be intimidated by the partner who is interviewing you, remember that just a few years ago, they were in your shoes. Prepare to answer questions about your education, previous work experience, competencies, and behaviour. Below you can find questions that we recommend practicing answering before your interview.
  1. Interview: If you make it to this stage of the hiring process, you have an excellent chance of getting hired. This interview is usually with a partner and an HR representative. You will be asked questions that are law-specific as well as more general interview questions, such as describing a time when you overcame a challenge.

Law Interview Questions

These are some of the most popular questions that law firms ask candidates.

  1. Why do you want to work at our firm?
  2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  3. What was a challenge that you had to overcome in your previous job?
  4. What did you dislike at your past job?
  5. Describe a time that you dealt with a conflict.
  6. How would your friends describe you?

How to Answer Questions About Your Strengths and Weaknesses

This is one of the most dreaded interview questions. Law firms love asking this question, however, because it reveals a lot about how candidates view themselves and how they deal with uncomfortable questions. Below you can find a list of strengths and weaknesses that we recommend using in your law firm interview.

Strengths:

Dependability: Law firms want to know that they can count on you.

Efficiency: You will likely have a high volume of work to complete, and you must assure employers that you will be able to complete it in time.

Flexibility: You will likely be asked to work overtime or on holidays. It's important that you be open to this possibility and be able to change your routine to suit the firm's needs.

Weaknesses:

Confrontational: If you want to be a litigator, being confrontational can actually be an advantage.

Overly focused on details: You can easily spin this as a positive since attention to details is important for dealing with legal documents.

Creativity: Be careful with this one, because finding a solution to legal problems often requires some degree of creativity. But you can mention that you are not artistically inclined, or that you usually do work in a routine way rather than thinking outside the box.