Graduate | Law Programme

Many commercial law firms and barristers’ chambers receive over 1,000 applications every year for vacation schemes, training contracts and pupillage gateway opportunities. Only a handful of hopefuls will secure interviews.

City CV can guide you through this minefield. Designed by our Head of Legal, a former Partner in a top City law firm and a legal Recruitment and Training Manager, City CV has developed a formula that works. Among our international industry awards, we have won Best Graduate CV and Best International CV. Our graduate, trainee and postgraduate clients have seen rapid success right across the legal sector, including as barristers, solicitors and in paralegal roles. 

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Expertise and experience:

As former lawyers and Magic Circle recruiters, our Legal team members have a deep practical and technical understanding of the nuances of a broad spectrum of roles across the sector. We have first-hand experience of how to distil and articulate strengths. Credentials include backgrounds within leading private practice law firms, legal recruitment search firms as well as senior legal roles with international organisations.
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Industry insight:

We know what graduate recruiters are looking for. Having recruited at every level across the legal sector, both in-house and private practice, we have insider knowledge of how hiring decisions are made at top international law firms, legal bodies and blue chips that require in-house legal practitioners. Our team’s experience includes roles at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Taylor Rose, Fieldfisher, Anakin Seal, Stanton Chase International and Hanover Search.
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Proven track record:

City CV legal graduates have secured roles at firms including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter and May, CMS, Herbert Smith Freehills, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Gowling WLG, Eversheds Sutherland, Norton Rose Fullbright, Irwin Mitchell, Burges Salmon, Deloitte, EY, PwC, KPMG, Baker & McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis.

Our graduate career programmes combine professionally written CV, LinkedIn & Letter of Application along with expert graduate interview coaching.  We provide you with the tools you need to secure your target job, training contract or internship. Tailored exactly to you, we can help you through the pupillage gateway, advise on assessment scenarios and win the most sought-after interviews.

Are you application ready?

Don’t leave your career to chance. Our intensive legal graduate programmes are ideal for students from first year to final year, LLM, JD, MBA and beyond. Whether you are applying for a legal graduate role or training contract, you can rely on us. We have helped hundreds of graduates succeed.

We understand the pressure and deadlines you face. Just brainstorm, talk to us and we do the hard work.

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“Thanks for all your help. The interview went really well, so well that I got the job.”
Tristian, Graduate

“I just wanted to say thank you again, Victoria. I truly believe that this new CV is the start of many wonderful opportunities to come my way this year. Please say a big thank you to Carter for the amazing job he’s done for me.”
A Lewis, Law Graduate

“The CV is really well written and a huge improvement over what I had accomplished by myself, it flows nicely and is clearly set out. I feel it now has a higher quality without going overboard on quantity, everything is snappy and to the point, making it easier to read and delivering all the information about me which is critical to impart to employers.
Thank you so much.”

Sam, Legal Graduate

Stage 1: Career Strategy

For students who are unsure of their legal career route, this initial stage helps to clarify thinking so that you know you are moving in the right direction. With specific hiring expertise, your dedicated coach will work with you to identify your strengths, opportunities and career goals.

Together, we match your skills with available roles to correctly position you in the marketplace. Your coach will be your confidante and sounding board, allowing you to determine clear targets, companies and graduate schemes. We understand the complexities of today’s graduate job market to give you total clarity on what motivates you and how your skills and strengths translate into employability.

Many of our students already know their target role and jump straight to stage 2, using their coaching hours in stages 3 and 4.

Stage 2: Marketing Strategy

Professionally written CV | LinkedIn Profile | Graduate Cover Letter / Graduate Application

It is crucial that your supporting documents illustrate your skills, commercial value and ‘fit’ to make the shortlist. We know how to make this happen.

Your consultation with one of our Legal CV writers enables us to gather all the information we need to write your keyword-optimised CV, supporting documents and LinkedIn profile. All the essentials required to secure that coveted interview. We have the insider knowledge and legal expertise to put down on paper exactly what law firms, chambers or legal bodies want to see.

Stage 3: Job Search Strategy

Graduate job hunting can sometimes result in a scattergun approach. We ensure your search is at its most productive with focused, proven strategies to steer you through the complex recruitment process, and bring precision and positivity to your search.  We show you how to optimise your usage of LinkedIn to enhance your digital brand and engage with the decision makers to build relationships that will enrich your search.

City CV provides individualised help for your applications to specific law firms, chambers, training contracts or into industry. This could include coaching you through specific applications and the required research plus application writing and editing.

Stage 4: Interview Strategy

Mock Interview | Self-promotion | Motivation, academic & professional achievements | Competency & behavioural interview answers |  Interview etiquette, communication & body language | Overcome interview anxiety | Questions you should ask | Interview research | Online interviews | Assessment centres

You have put a lot of hard work into securing your interview. Now is your one opportunity to show what you’re really made of. The City CV legal graduate programme focuses on the entire interview process.

Your personal interview coach will tailor every element of the programme to you, your experience and chosen career direction. Whatever your goal, this programme will improve your chances of interview success

Career Refinery
Portal & App

All City CV graduate programmes are underpinned by our Career Refinery Portal & App.
This bespoke app includes weekly, live, careers-focused webinars, a database of over 25,000 recruiters, an advanced LinkedIn networking tool, e-learning, personal branding advice, hundreds of videos and articles, and a full range of interactive tools, with ongoing support to help you secure your first role.

Call +44 (0)20 7100 6656 or email our expert team to discuss your career transformation.

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