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Tips on improving your application

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Applying for a Freshfields training contract or vacation scheme? Here’s what to expect – and how to make the best of your online application.

Your personal statement should tell us why you’re interested and why you’d be great
‘Tell us about your experiences and why commercial law at Freshfields appeals to you.’
Sophie Tughan-Jones,
graduate recruitment manager

The online application

Our online application form is our way of trying to find out as much information about you as we can – from your academic record to your work experience to your transferable skills.

It consists of several elements. Here are some tips on making the best of each.

  1. Your personal statement

    We want to give you the freedom to portray yourself in the best light. So we ask you to write up to 850 words as a personal statement. This should include your interests, achievements, experience (including work experience) and other qualities. We also ask you to include why you’re applying to us.

    • Write your personal statement in prose, not in bullet-point format. That way we can see more of your personality, and get a sense of how you communicate in writing.
    • Write as you would talk. If you use simple English, it comes across as more authentic than if you use lots of long words.
    • Say why you’re attracted to us. Is it our global work, our reputation or the atmosphere of our firm? We want to know.
    • Check and double-check your personal statement to ensure it’s free from spelling and grammatical errors.
  2. Your academic record

    As part of your application, we’ll ask you for your academic results, including a breakdown of your available degree module grades.

    The work we do is intellectually demanding and we expect to see a high level of academic achievement from our candidates. That doesn’t necessarily mean straight As at A-level. We will compare your grades against the average at your school or college. As for university grades, successful candidates tend to have at least a 2:1.

    Tip: Be sure to let us know of any scholarships or academic prizes you’ve won.

  3. Mitigating circumstances factors

    We don’t have a minimum level of academic achievement – we want to hire people with the best potential. So we include a space where you can explain anything that might have affected your application.

    Tip: If you didn’t get the grades you wanted, make sure you tell us if there is a good reason why not.

  4. An academic reference

    We ask for one academic reference as part of your application, which we’ll follow up if we make you an offer.

    Tip: Make sure your referee is aware that you have forwarded their details to us.

Verbal reasoning test

After you submit your online application, we’ll also ask you to take a short online verbal-reasoning test.

This is a multiple-choice comprehension exercise that helps us assess how you process verbal information.

What happens if you’re selected

If you’re selected, you’ll be invited to a half-day assessment at our London office. Find out how to prepare for the assessment.

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Apply Now

Ready to apply? Start filling in your application form now (you’ll be directed to our online application site).