Meet the Trainees
2nd year Trainees
Tips from Trainees
"Really research the firm. It prides itself on what it stands for and the clients it works for. Sometimes people come in for interview not knowing the market."
"Have something – whether it’s a previous career or not – to prove outside interests. Show an interest, particularly, in charities." (Make sure it’s a genuine interest as recruiters will definitely be able to tell if it’s just a façade.)
"You need a bit of personality and should be confident. It’s no good just being really intelligent."
"Give them a sense of why you’ve specifically chosen BWB – not that it’s just one of 40 applications you’ve submitted. Communicate that, as well as genuine interest in BWB’s clients."
"The firm puts a premium on having a rounded character and not just being a law geek. Having some sort of real business experience or experience in The ‘Third Sector’ would be a good asset."
"Have a genuine commitment to politics with a little ‘p’– know what’s going on in the world."
"Get involved, be proactive. Do something a little out of the ordinary rather than taking the straight path. Be someone that wants to do something and change something."
"Be confident of your skills and what you can offer BWB, as well as willing to learn."
"There are a lot of second-careers and former BWB paralegals."
"Have a sense of humour – being a charity lawyer is very different to being a contentious lawyer."
"They do want strong academics, as it’s a good way of sifting through the applications, but there’s nothing that bars you from getting in and doing well. However, I don’t know anyone with anything below a 2:2."
"They’re interested in people not interested in big City law."
"Have something in your background that makes you stand out from the crowd."