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The Corporate Law Academy is an online learning platform for aspiring lawyers. Our podcast, Trainee Talk, is a series of interviews with current and future trainee solicitors at various law firms to discover how they got to where they are.Visit our website here: https://www.thecorporatelawacademy.com/

Latest Episodes

Episode #18: Leveraging your Life Experiences to Secure a Training Contract

Our guest in this episode is Liz Barrett, a future trainee at Mishcon de Reya. In this episode, you’ll hear how Liz still had the conviction to pursue commercial law, despite coming to university as a mature student with only a handful of GCSEs, and having spent over a decade battling with illness. She explains the importance of valuing your worth and how life experiences can be used in applications and interviews to stand out. Liz also explains how she presented her mitigating circumstances to firms and stayed true to herself in her application forms. If you want to hear more from Liz, check out her blog: https://silksandthecity.wordpress.com/ where she shares plenty of actionable advice on all aspects of the training contract process. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

59 MIN1 d ago
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Episode #18: Leveraging your Life Experiences to Secure a Training Contract

Episode #17: Not Taking No For An Answer

Our guest in this episode is Yousif Alawoad, a future trainee at Clifford Chance. In this episode, Yousif candidly shares the challenging circumstances he and his family faced as political refugees, as well as the determination he had to work things out as the first of his family to go to university. Yousif also explains how his persistence and ability to bounce back from rejection led to an offer from his dream firm. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

44 MIN1 w ago
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Episode #17: Not Taking No For An Answer

Episode #16: It's All About Effective Preparation And Luck

Our guest in this episode is Arun Wagle, a future trainee at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Arun came from a non-Russell Group university and, during his applications, didn’t know anyone applying to the same firms he was applying to. However, Arun explains how he used his initiative to create his own opportunities. Arun also drills down into how exactly he developed his commercial awareness, his advice for those participating in the Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition (as a former semi-finalist), and how to deal with written exercises and curveball questions at interview. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

44 MIN2 w ago
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Episode #16: It's All About Effective Preparation And Luck

Episode #15: Perseverance and Resilience Is The Most Important Thing

In this practical episode, Luke Chouhan, a future trainee at White & Case, takes us through his application journey, starting as a non-law candidate at the University of St Andrews. He explains how he went about writing effective applications, developing commercial awareness and handling video interviews. You’ll also learn Luke’s top tips for approaching vacation schemes and demonstrating confidence during the interview process. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

50 MIN3 w ago
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Episode #15: Perseverance and Resilience Is The Most Important Thing

Episode #14: What If It Could Be Me?

In this episode, Serena King, a second-seat trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie, takes us through the first six months of her training contract. For candidates, Serena explains the importance of working out your 'why' as you head into commercial law and why you should back yourself. Serena also shares her advice for incoming trainees on managing expectations and dealing with constructive criticism, including the system she uses to reflect on her personal development during her training contract. Finally, thank you to Serena for being open when discussing the feelings of imposter syndrome that trainees may have! This episode is hosted by: Seren Williams. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

45 MIN3 w ago
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Episode #14: What If It Could Be Me?

Episode #13: Getting out of your Comfort Zone to Secure a Training Contract

Our guest in this episode is Emma Burton, a future trainee at Baker McKenzie. If you think of yourself as an introvert, we think you’ll especially relate to this episode. Emma explains how that isn’t a barrier to securing a training contract and how pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and being well prepared can help you along the way. She also explains how she managed to convert such a high proportion of her applications to interviews and how candidates can stand out on their vacation schemes. A big shoutout to Upreach as Emma explains the difference they made to her application journey. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

46 MINSEP 13
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Episode #13: Getting out of your Comfort Zone to Secure a Training Contract

Episode #12: What is a Training Contract Really Like?

Our guest in this episode is Ali Siddiqui, a fourth-seat trainee at Accutrainee. In this episode, we explore Accutrainee’s unique training contract structure, which involves trainees being seconded to different law firms and legal teams. We also discuss managing uncertainty and partner expectations, making the most of your training contract and how Ali persevered through over 30 applications before securing his place with Accutrainee. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

61 MINSEP 6
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Episode #12: What is a Training Contract Really Like?

Episode #11: Leveraging your Unique Selling Points

Our guest in this episode is Harry Clark, a future trainee at Baker McKenzie. In this episode, Harry walks us through his journey to securing a training contract, as well as his advice for writing strong applications and performing at interview. We also discuss dealing with stress and making the most of networking. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

53 MINAUG 30
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Episode #11: Leveraging your Unique Selling Points

Episode #10: How to Stand Out as Trainee Solicitor- Passion and Proactivity

Rahul Gandhi is a second-seat trainee solicitor at CMS with a passion for eSports. Further to our conversation, he was awarded 'Best Trainee Lawyer in the TMT Sector'. How did he achieve this without first completing a TMT seat? Let's find out. This episode is hosted by: Yee Rou Quah. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

33 MINAUG 1
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Episode #10: How to Stand Out as Trainee Solicitor- Passion and Proactivity

Episode #9: Sweat Equity

In this episode, wespoke to Kwasi Yeboah, a future trainee solicitor at Ropes & Gray. Kwasi explains the process of acquiring a training contract and how to build resilience. He speaks about his background, the challenges he faced and how he overcame thosechallenges. Kwasi also discusses the principle of sweat equity, what it means and how it helped him reach his goals. The episode is hosted by: Milambo Makani. This episode is edited by: Milambo Makani and Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

31 MINJUL 19
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Episode #9: Sweat Equity

Latest Episodes

Episode #18: Leveraging your Life Experiences to Secure a Training Contract

Our guest in this episode is Liz Barrett, a future trainee at Mishcon de Reya. In this episode, you’ll hear how Liz still had the conviction to pursue commercial law, despite coming to university as a mature student with only a handful of GCSEs, and having spent over a decade battling with illness. She explains the importance of valuing your worth and how life experiences can be used in applications and interviews to stand out. Liz also explains how she presented her mitigating circumstances to firms and stayed true to herself in her application forms. If you want to hear more from Liz, check out her blog: https://silksandthecity.wordpress.com/ where she shares plenty of actionable advice on all aspects of the training contract process. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

59 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Episode #18: Leveraging your Life Experiences to Secure a Training Contract

Episode #17: Not Taking No For An Answer

Our guest in this episode is Yousif Alawoad, a future trainee at Clifford Chance. In this episode, Yousif candidly shares the challenging circumstances he and his family faced as political refugees, as well as the determination he had to work things out as the first of his family to go to university. Yousif also explains how his persistence and ability to bounce back from rejection led to an offer from his dream firm. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

44 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode #17: Not Taking No For An Answer

Episode #16: It's All About Effective Preparation And Luck

Our guest in this episode is Arun Wagle, a future trainee at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Arun came from a non-Russell Group university and, during his applications, didn’t know anyone applying to the same firms he was applying to. However, Arun explains how he used his initiative to create his own opportunities. Arun also drills down into how exactly he developed his commercial awareness, his advice for those participating in the Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition (as a former semi-finalist), and how to deal with written exercises and curveball questions at interview. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

44 MIN2 w ago
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Episode #16: It's All About Effective Preparation And Luck

Episode #15: Perseverance and Resilience Is The Most Important Thing

In this practical episode, Luke Chouhan, a future trainee at White & Case, takes us through his application journey, starting as a non-law candidate at the University of St Andrews. He explains how he went about writing effective applications, developing commercial awareness and handling video interviews. You’ll also learn Luke’s top tips for approaching vacation schemes and demonstrating confidence during the interview process. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

50 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode #15: Perseverance and Resilience Is The Most Important Thing

Episode #14: What If It Could Be Me?

In this episode, Serena King, a second-seat trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie, takes us through the first six months of her training contract. For candidates, Serena explains the importance of working out your 'why' as you head into commercial law and why you should back yourself. Serena also shares her advice for incoming trainees on managing expectations and dealing with constructive criticism, including the system she uses to reflect on her personal development during her training contract. Finally, thank you to Serena for being open when discussing the feelings of imposter syndrome that trainees may have! This episode is hosted by: Seren Williams. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

45 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode #14: What If It Could Be Me?

Episode #13: Getting out of your Comfort Zone to Secure a Training Contract

Our guest in this episode is Emma Burton, a future trainee at Baker McKenzie. If you think of yourself as an introvert, we think you’ll especially relate to this episode. Emma explains how that isn’t a barrier to securing a training contract and how pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and being well prepared can help you along the way. She also explains how she managed to convert such a high proportion of her applications to interviews and how candidates can stand out on their vacation schemes. A big shoutout to Upreach as Emma explains the difference they made to her application journey. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

46 MINSEP 13
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Episode #13: Getting out of your Comfort Zone to Secure a Training Contract

Episode #12: What is a Training Contract Really Like?

Our guest in this episode is Ali Siddiqui, a fourth-seat trainee at Accutrainee. In this episode, we explore Accutrainee’s unique training contract structure, which involves trainees being seconded to different law firms and legal teams. We also discuss managing uncertainty and partner expectations, making the most of your training contract and how Ali persevered through over 30 applications before securing his place with Accutrainee. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

61 MINSEP 6
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Episode #12: What is a Training Contract Really Like?

Episode #11: Leveraging your Unique Selling Points

Our guest in this episode is Harry Clark, a future trainee at Baker McKenzie. In this episode, Harry walks us through his journey to securing a training contract, as well as his advice for writing strong applications and performing at interview. We also discuss dealing with stress and making the most of networking. This episode is hosted by: Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

53 MINAUG 30
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Episode #11: Leveraging your Unique Selling Points

Episode #10: How to Stand Out as Trainee Solicitor- Passion and Proactivity

Rahul Gandhi is a second-seat trainee solicitor at CMS with a passion for eSports. Further to our conversation, he was awarded 'Best Trainee Lawyer in the TMT Sector'. How did he achieve this without first completing a TMT seat? Let's find out. This episode is hosted by: Yee Rou Quah. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

33 MINAUG 1
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Episode #10: How to Stand Out as Trainee Solicitor- Passion and Proactivity

Episode #9: Sweat Equity

In this episode, wespoke to Kwasi Yeboah, a future trainee solicitor at Ropes & Gray. Kwasi explains the process of acquiring a training contract and how to build resilience. He speaks about his background, the challenges he faced and how he overcame thosechallenges. Kwasi also discusses the principle of sweat equity, what it means and how it helped him reach his goals. The episode is hosted by: Milambo Makani. This episode is edited by: Milambo Makani and Jaysen Sutton. The music in this episode is created by: Ichabod Todd. ichabod-todd.weebly.com/

31 MINJUL 19
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Episode #9: Sweat Equity