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Interview Questions

2016

"I was asked about a specific factual scenario, what areas of law it might involve and what general advice I would give to a client in that situation. After that it was much more of a chat. We spoke about things I had mentioned in my application."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"What other law firm would you apply to if Burges Salmon didn't exist?"
First year trainee, Bristol
"There were some competency questions such as: tell us about a time when you have shown innovation. There were discussions of legal and commercial issues of interest to me."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There were no big surprises. I was asked questions like: why law? Why the firm? What challenges and opportunities are there for the firm? There were also some scenario and competency-based questions."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Why Bristol? Make sure you have an answer to this one!"
First year trainee, Bristol

2015

"I was asked: Why Burges Salmon? Why law? Which aspects of the firm do you like?"
First year trainee, Bristol
"I was asked various questions. There were some about my hobbies and I was also asked: Why law? Why Bristol? And why this firm? Finally there were some general commercial awareness questions."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"When I interviewed, there was a fairly standard list of questions that were asked. These ranged from the obvious: 'Why law?' 'Why Burges Salmon?' To some that involved applying commercial awareness to particular scenarios."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I was asked about my vacation scheme, my background and aspirations and then provided with a commercial scenario to comment on."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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