Interview Questions

2017

"Why I wanted to be at BS, why Bristol and where I saw myself developing in the firm. BS wants to recruit people who want to stay so it is vital that you can show that this is your intention."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Why Bristol? What recent news story has caught your eye and why? What is our competition and what hurdles do we face in the future?"
First year trainee, Bristol
"I was asked commercial awareness questions as well as business vs ethics questions. I had to talk about my general strengths and weaknesses. It wasn't designed to trip you up, it was more of a conversation."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Why Bristol? Why Burges Salmon?"
First year trainee, Bristol
"Why Bristol? Why Burges Salmon? Why commercial law? What are your areas of interest?"
Second year trainee, Bristol
"If you weren't a lawyer, what would you do? What other firms have you applied to? Why Bristol and not London? What other firms is Burges Salmon similar to?"
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I was asked questions that tested my understanding of how the firm worked as a business and what it valued."
First year trainee, Bristol

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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