The Final Countdown….
The past few weeks of the LPC have been busy. We started Stage 2 only a few weeks ago and yet have already finished most of the course! However, it has been great having a few weeks off from assessments aside from our Interviewing mocks last week.
This week was a pivotal one in the calendar as we received our Stage 1 Results! Everyone seems happy and I’m sure they will help motivate us in the run up to our Stage 2 Exams in January.
I’m very much looking forward to our Christmas break which begins next week. Many of the intake will be returning home to see their families. However, with exams looming, revision is also likely to be a heavy feature of the break. I suppose, I could always ask my family their thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of bank lending and debt securities issues at the Christmas table? Or, perhaps not!
It is now the time of year when you start hearing back from firms about vacation scheme applications. The good news is that out of the thousands of applicants, a firm has hopefully decided to interview you. That’s the hard bit done. Now, you just have to convince them you should definitely be offered a place. My advice would be to read over your application form again and to read up on the firm.
Good luck with any applications and interviews! I hope you all have a great Christmas and I look forward to blogging in the New Year!
My experience of LPC
It’s difficult to find just one word to describe the past month of the LPC. After finishing our core modules, we were left with a week to revise for our main week of assessments. This gave us just enough time to go through our folders and hope we still understood most of the material.
Then, on 3 November, the week which my sister aptly renamed ‘hell week’ began. Our daily exams were all at 9am in the morning. Most of them were for three and a half hours. Oh and we sat in the same room and at the same desk every morning, an LPC version of Groundhog Day.
So, it is hopefully clear we had very little time to revise for the exams and they lasted a long time. A further issue was the amount of information we had learnt during the past four months. It would have been very easy to have written out huge chunks without thinking and without applying what we had learnt to the given facts.
Two years ago, this time of year presented a different challenge, law firm application forms. Having spoken to firms at law fairs and presentations and read all the brochures, you find yourself presented with a range of questions with tight word limits.
There are key similarities between exams and application forms. When faced with both tasks, you have huge volumes of information at your fingertips. For example, the question may ask you to explain why Allen & Overy is the right fit for you. As well as your own conversations with employees, there is the firm’s website and brochure. Your research can take you much further than these sources. Search online and you’ll come across Allen & Overy’s annual review and recent deals that Allen & Overy’s lawyers have been working on. Much like our LPC exams, you then have to organise that material and answer the question which has been asked concisely.
The next week has been set aside for us to prepare for the next stage of the Accelerated LPC. In between work, this means we can have our first guilt free time off since the beginning of July! Along with catching up with friends and sleep, I’m particularly looking forward to representing Allen & Overy at the UCL law fair.
In next month’s blog, I will be updating you with our progress as we begin Stage 2 of the LPC. In the meantime, make sure you check out Allen & Overy’s Twitter page which currently features some great tips for making the most of law fairs and standing out on application forms.
What are the people who work at Allen & Overy like?
It’s the time of year when many of you will find yourselves attending law fairs and presentations by firms. It is very easy to leave with a glossy brochure, some free pens and a good sample of the canapés and drinks which were on offer. However, once you have attended a few of these events, you quickly realise that these law firms sound very similar. True, you can compare firms based on what free merchandise they give you. Indeed, in my completely unbiased view, I would ensure you pick up some of the free sweets Allen & Overy give out. In all seriousness though, aside from comparing what freebies were on offer, how can you distinguish between law firms?
For me, an important consideration was what the people were like. I found it beneficial to speak to a range of employees at the events. This gave me an insight into what each firm was like and whether people seemed genuinely happy.
So, what are the people who work at Allen & Overy like?
Well, I thought the best picture I could give you is my experience of what the March 2015 cohort are like. These are the people I am currently studying the LPC with.
Bright. Very bright. Everyone has excelled academically but to be honest, I would expect nothing less. Intelligence aside, we have all come from varied backgrounds. Our intake studied a wide range of courses at Universities in the United Kingdom and beyond. There are those who are interested in politics, people who are sporty and some who could rival the Great British Bake off Bakers!
There is one further characteristic that everyone in our intake seems to have. It is the same characteristic that throughout the application process and the vacation scheme that I had also perceived of all Allen & Overy employees. Put simply, everyone is genuinely nice.
They are the sort of people who organise Cake Fridays. Who ask you what you’re up to over the weekend and then actually remember what you said on the Monday. We have enjoyed socialising with each other and are keeping each other motivated.
Indeed, we are currently in a particularly pressurised month of the LPC. We recently submitted our Practical Legal Research exercises and have just completed our exam in Wills and Administration of Estates. Drafting is due in a few days’ time followed by our Advocacy exam. Then we have a week off to revise before undertaking our full week of exams.
The Accelerated LPC has involved a lot of determination so far. However, it had been made a lot happier and enjoyable by having such a great cohort. So, when attending events with employers, I would suggest speaking to a range of people and asking questions you are genuinely interested in having answered. It hopefully will give you a great feel for the firm and what they value. Ultimately, it helped me to decide Allen & Overy was the right fit for me.
Please check out my next blog where I will be reporting on what the exams were like and providing you with some more tips which hopefully you will find useful.
Studying the LPC at University of Law, Moorgate
Hi, I’m Marcus! I am currently studying the LPC at University of Law, Moorgate.
So, what is the purpose of this blog? Firstly, I am going to provide you with information about what it is like to study the LPC. Secondly, I hope to give you an insight into Allen & Overy and why I feel privileged to be a future trainee solicitor at the firm. Over the next few months, I will be splitting my blog into these two strands. My aim will be to provide information which will be useful to all applicants, whatever stage you are at.
In this introductory blog I will be giving you an introduction about myself before giving you a brief insight into the LPC.
I’m from North London, studied Law in London at UCL and am now studying the LPC in well, London! So, as introductions go, I’m afraid I do not have a very exciting background compared with most of my cohort. I graduated two weeks ago, having started the LPC in July.
My first interaction with Allen & Overy was at the Think! Business Challenge in 2012. It is something I would encourage you all to get involved in as it was very helpful in developing commercial awareness. I then completed a Summer Vacation Scheme with the firm last Summer after which I was offered a Training Contract, starting in March 2015.
Well, I think that is enough about me. Onto the LPC.
A lot of people said the LPC would be easy. It’s not. True, the work itself isn’t necessarily challenging. However, there is a lot of work to do. The fact our LPC is accelerated means time management is not just a bonus but a necessity. Since starting in July, we have already completed our first exam and are in the process of completing our Practical Legal Research submissions. We have also recently completed our mock exams in Business, Property and Litigation (and are nervously awaiting the results!).
I’m studying with the people who will make up my March 2015 intake at Allen & Overy. This has given us the opportunity to socialise with each other and keep each other motivated whilst the workload steadily increases.
Hopefully some of the above is useful information. In my next instalment, I will be writing about ‘people’. This is a topic which is very important to Allen & Overy and made the firm really stand out to me amongst its competitors.
Greetings from Marcus
Hi, I’m Marcus and I’m looking forward to sharing my LPC experience with you over the next few months, my first blog will follow shortly