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Message started by BeaR on Jan 27th, 2005 at 10:50pm

Title: traineeships/ summer placements
Post by BeaR on Jan 27th, 2005 at 10:50pm
Hi,
Just wondering if I could get some advice. I'm in my first year of the accelerated LLB, which means that this summer I'll be applying for my traineeship (quite a scary thought!). I am currently applying for summer placements, since this will be the only relevant experience I will get before training.

I recently applied to Dundas and Wilson, got through the application process, but was then asked to complete online verbal aptitude tests, which were awful!!! It was my first time doing them, and I obviously didn't do great, as I received a letter today telling me I was unsuccessful. I'm pretty gutted, although not that suprised!

Anyway, I have an interview coming up with McGrigor's, which again involves psychometric testing  :( and I'm feeling pretty depressed after my first experience. So could anyone please give me some advice regarding the tests  >:( and also any tips on the interiew, perhaps there are some McGrigor's trainees out there... :)

I cant beleive how tough it is just to get a summer placement, so I'm dreading the traineeship application process!

Thankyou!

Title: Re: traineeships/ summer placements
Post by scottishlaw on Sep 23rd, 2005 at 3:53am
http://www.scottishlaw.org.uk/student/traineeship.html

That page has a bit of info on these types of tests but the general sentiment is that you can't trick them and there's no point trying.  Even if you do trick the tests and achieving one set of results, that may not be the results the firm in question is looking for.  

Being rejected by a law firm in this way or in any other way is not a reflection on your ability or you as a person.  It is a bit of a lottery - there are too many people competing for a limited number of jobs initially and they do have to make quick judgments to eliminate people.  

Perseverance is the only real piece of advice anyone can get.

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