Regardless whether you are making applications, preparing for an assessment day or interview the golden rule is do your homework and research the firm. With this in mind a common question is “What are the best resources for researching firms?” Once you have chosen which firm the next thing is to find out more about it!
- Student/Law Websites
Great resources can be found online in student directories and websites. Such as lawcareers.net the ultimate go to TC resource and worth exploring. Other legal/career websites such as all about law; roll on friday; and legal cheek each of which include some hidden gems.
- The Firm Website
This will give you in-depth knowledge about the firms you are interested in giving you an insight into the practice areas, sectors, geographic location, clients, things the firm gets involved in as well as all the information on the vacation schemes and training contracts. Large firms will usually have a good wealth of career information.
- Legal Directories
Publications such as The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook Chambers UK Student Guide Chambers UK Guide Lex 100 and the Legal 500 all provide more insight to support what you have researched on their websites.
- Legal Press
The legal press can give you a different angle to your research. They will report on different business news (the business of law firms and lawyers that is) including financial information, staffing information, client wins, trainee information etc. Key law firm news sites are the lawyer, legal week and law gazette.
- Other Legal Blogs
Although most blogs take a targeted practice or sector approach (which can be great for commercial awareness) it is worth also doing some blog-based research on firms and the legal profession. One of my absolute favourites is legal futures.
- Social Media
A lot of firms have a twitter presence with accounts dedicated to the different practice areas/sectors or topical issues as well as a general firm twitter account and a grad recruitment twitter account.
- Law Fairs and Networking
attend as many grad recruitment and other events as possible to get yourself in front of law firms’ representatives where you can. Networking at these events can be a great way to find out more about firms that you are interested in.