Course curriculum

    1. Why is firm research important?

    2. Considering law firms from the perspective of different stakeholders

    3. OUR FULL RANGE OF EXAMPLE SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS AND COVER LETTERS ARE NOW HOSTED IN A DEDICATED COURSE

    4. OUR FULL RANGE OF ASSESSMENT CENTRE INSIGHTS ARE NOW HOSTED IN A DEDICATED COURSE

    1. Drawing out your motivations

    2. Reputation and capabilities

    3. International footprint and expansion

    4. Training and development

    5. People and culture

    6. Values, D&I, pro bono and CSR

    7. Investment in technology and innovation

    8. Conclusion

    1. Sources to support your research

    2. Simranjeet Kaur Mann guides you through the process of researching firms

    3. Lex 100: awards, rankings and insights

    4. AllAboutLaw: offices, awards, entry requirements and other insights

    5. Legal 500: sector and practice area strength

    6. Firm website: general firm insights

    7. Firm social media channels: insights into culture, employees and opportunities

    8. The Lawyer: firm-related news stories

    9. Firm employees: culture, working environment and day-to-day life at the firm

    1. Law firm application tracker 2023/24

    1. Introduction to our firm profiles

    2. Allen & Overy

    3. Clifford Chance

    4. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    5. Linklaters

    6. Slaughter and May

    1. Ashurst

    2. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

    3. Herbert Smith Freehills

    4. Hogan Lovells

    5. Macfarlanes

    6. Norton Rose Fulbright

    7. Simmons & Simmons

    8. Travers Smith

    1. Akin Gump

    2. Arnold & Porter

    3. Baker McKenzie

    4. Cleary Gottlieb

    5. Cooley

    6. Covington & Burling

    7. Davis Polk

    8. Debevoise & Plimpton

    9. Dechert

    10. Gibson Dunn

    11. Goodwin

    12. Greenberg Traurig

    13. Jones Day

    14. King & Spalding

    15. Kirkland & Ellis

    16. Latham & Watkins

    17. Mayer Brown

    18. Milbank

    19. Morgan Lewis

    20. Morrison & Foerster

    21. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

    22. Paul Hastings

    23. Ropes & Gray

    24. Shearman & Sterling

    25. Sidley Austin

    26. Skadden

    27. Squire Patton Boggs

    28. Sullivan & Cromwell

    29. Vinson & Elkins

    30. Weil, Gotshal & Manges

    31. White & Case

    32. Willkie, Farr & Gallagher

    1. Addleshaw Goddard

    2. Bevan Brittan

    3. Bird & Bird

    4. Bristows

    5. Browne Jacobson

    6. Burges Salmon

    7. Charles Russell Speechlys

    8. Clintons

    9. Clyde & Co

    10. CMS

    11. DAC Beachcroft

    12. Dentons

    13. DLA Piper

    14. DWF

    15. Eversheds Sutherland

    16. Farrer & Co

    17. Fieldfisher

    18. Forsters

    19. Gateley

    20. Gowling WLG

    21. Harbottle & Lewis

    22. Irwin Mitchell

    23. K&L Gates

    24. Kennedys

    25. Marriott Harrison

    26. Mills & Reeve

    27. Mishcon de Reya

    28. Osborne Clarke

    29. Penningtons Manches Cooper

    30. Pinsent Masons

    31. RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain)

    32. Shoosmiths

    33. Stephenson Harwood

    34. Taylor Wessing

    35. Trowers & Hamlins

    36. Walker Morris

    37. Watson Farley Williams

    38. Withers

    39. Womble Bond Dickinson

    1. Anderson Strathern

    2. Brodies

    3. Gillespie Macandrew

    4. Shepherd & Wedderburn

    1. Accutrainee

    2. British Broadcasting Agency (BBC)

    3. British Telecoms (BT)

    4. Broadwick Live

    5. Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

    6. Government Legal Service

    7. PwC Legal

    8. Sky

Law firm profiles and research

  • 119 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

Why are our firm profiles and insights the best available?

In short, because we've invested hundreds (if not thousands) of hours in creating them.

  • Profiles focus in detail on the types of insights and attributes that are actually relevant to candidates' motivations.

  • Each profile is meticulously written by Jake Schogger to ensure total clarity and a consistent structure and tone of voice.

  • At the start of each profile, we highlight specific key differentiators to focus on in application and interview answers.

  • We link back to relevant pages on firms' websites in each section of our profiles, making further research quick and easy.

  • We explain in detail how to quickly identify genuine USPs, and show you how to link these back to yourself.

  • We walk you through the process of researching a specific firm, whilst sharing our screen.

  • We don't just cover the largest firms. Our huge database also includes regional firms, Scottish firms and in-house teams.

  • We include a comprehensive application deadline tracker, covering information about training contracts, vacation schemes and solicitor apprenticeships.

Instructors

Commercial Law Academy Founder & Ex-Freshfields Lawyer Jake Schogger

Jake Schogger is a qualified lawyer, career coach, entrepreneur, author, copywriter and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of City Career Series, a publishing company that has sold ~50,000 handbooks designed to help students secure City careers, including the critically acclaimed Commercial Law Handbook and Training Contract Handbook. He also founded Commercial Law Academy. He trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and now acts as a legal adviser to start-ups and scale-ups, whilst also working as a career coach and delivering career-related presentations at universities across the UK. In addition, Jake works with tech start-ups and runs a variety of his own businesses. Connect with Jake on LinkedIn via www.linkedin.com/in/jakeschogger

Solicitor, YouTuber and DE&I champion Simranjeet Mann

Simranjeet Kaur Mann trained and qualified at Womble Bond Dickinson, having previously attended 4 assessment centres, completed 3 vacation schemes and received 3 training contract offers (plus worked in 3 paralegal roles and briefly at a “Big 4” accounting firm). She then joined tech-focused boutique law firm Founders Law, and now works as a consultant for Aspiring Solicitors. She’s passionate about increasing diversity across, and access to the legal profession, which has led to her offering regular guidance to aspiring solicitors via her Instagram page and her (light-hearted yet informational) YouTube channel.

Course reviews

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5 star rating

This course is amazing!

Elle Holland

The firm profiles and research course is a game-changer! The firms are so well-researched. There is also so much practical content, and real-world applicabil...

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The firm profiles and research course is a game-changer! The firms are so well-researched. There is also so much practical content, and real-world applicability which makes it essential for students and aspiring professionals. Highly recommended! I particularly enjoyed Simranjeet's live walk through video.

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Amazing course

Andra Tofan

The content is easy to digest, concise, clear, and full of practical examples. Jake also covers plenty of dos and don'ts, which also touch upon issues of min...

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The content is easy to digest, concise, clear, and full of practical examples. Jake also covers plenty of dos and don'ts, which also touch upon issues of mindset and the firm's perspective.

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An invaluable course

Priya Eardley

I found this course extremely valuable, providing a fantastic insight into firms, applications and assessment processes.

I found this course extremely valuable, providing a fantastic insight into firms, applications and assessment processes.

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Annie Burns

This really helped me understand firms and how to explore their differences and how this appeals to me !

This really helped me understand firms and how to explore their differences and how this appeals to me !

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Great overview of law firms' USPs

Ondine Ren

Each law firm USP is very well researched and gives a great overview of law firms' USPs.

Each law firm USP is very well researched and gives a great overview of law firms' USPs.

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Excellent

Jade Walsh

A great overview of law firms giving you an idea of what to research and include in applications

A great overview of law firms giving you an idea of what to research and include in applications

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Firm profiles

Joey Bee

It is really helpful!

It is really helpful!

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