What Firms Are Looking For

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Here is a list of some of the key things that law firms will be looking for in their applicants and trainees. Bear in mind that this is a general list and that all firms will have their unique requirements which you will need to uncover from their recruitment material and from your more detailed research into the firm, its culture and its staff.

  • Academics
  • Critical reasoning skills
  • Being able to build relationships
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivation to become a solicitor
  • Commitment to the geographical area for non-London firms
  • Professionalism
  • Presentation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills – oral and written
  • Commercial awareness (if applying to commercial/corporate firms)
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Vocational skills
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Can work under pressure
  • Outside interests/extra-curricular activities
  • Motivation and enthusiasm