Answering the Question: Why are you applying here?

This answer is from a successful application that landed me a training contract interview.

Why are you applying to Our Firm?
Eager to explore both corporate and private client specialisms, I am attracted to YOUR FIRM’s six-seat training contract, strong tradition of client care, and commitment to both professional and personal development.

I find YOUR FIRM’s strengths in corporate transactions particularly attractive, as I developed an interest in regulation and finance whilst at the US Treasury Department. Mergers and acquisitions have dropped to a 12-year low, with the bulk of value attributable to just a small number of “megadeals” often handled by Magic Circle or American “Biglaw” firms. It is therefore impressive to see that Legal500 ranks YOUR FIRM’s M&A practice as first-tier, despite the economic challenges in this sector.

I am likewise drawn to YOUR FIRM’s unrivalled reputation for private client work. I find the nuances of relationships and families fascinating, and appreciate the interpersonal skills needed for the sensitive nature of contentious trusts and separation. YOUR FIRM has been involved in the three most recent family law cases to reach the Supreme Court, and Spears Wealth recently recognised five of the firm’s partners as among the top UK Family Lawyers. I know it would be a privilege to join such a well-regarded team.

Regardless of department, I believe joining YOUR FIRM’s small intake of trainees will allow me to learn from – and become – the type of lawyer with the passion and work ethic to exceed expectations, whilst helping others do the same. As a former vacation scheme student and current employee, I simply cannot imagine practicing law anywhere else.

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