Q. What are the prospects of being retained post-qualification?
A: Curwens has an excellent track record of keeping newly qualified lawyers. After all, if we have invested in you and taught you the Curwens way of doing things, it does seem sensible to benefit from that investment! Several Assistant Solicitors, Associates and even a current Partner have ‘come through the ranks’. It is of course up to each Trainee to take the opportunities offered, but we will do our best to support your career development.
Q. How much influence do I have over the seats I take during my training contract?
A: Our largest departments are Litigation (including PI, property and contract disputes) and Employment and hence every Trainee can expect to undertake a seat in these areas. In addition Trainees often take seats in Family, Private Client and Company & Commercial. The actual mix and timing of these and other possible seats is decided following discussion with individual Trainees.
Q. I understand that you receive very high numbers of applications so what can I do to make increase my chances of being interviewed?
A: Our advice to you is much as you would receive elsewhere. Keep your application brief, up to date and highly relevant. High academic standards are just one filter, so don’t assume a first class honours degree or 2:1 together with high scores at LPC, will automatically get you an interview. We like to see interesting and enthusiastic people who can contribute positively from day one. Their foresight in gaining relevant experience and knowledge outside their formal training tells us a lot about how they will approach the rest of their career. In addition, useful life experiences outside the profession can add significantly to a person’s attractiveness at application.
Above all (we repeat ourselves with good reason): be brief, up to date, with no gaps, and be relevant to the training position for which you are applying.