Applying to Eversheds
Although 60 per cent of Eversheds' trainees have studied law, the firm accepts and welcome applications from all degree disciplines. 60 per cent of training cantracts are also filled through Evershed's Vacation Schemes, though it is not necessary to have completed a scheme to apply.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis prior to the deadline, so it is advised to apply early. Applications should be made at least 2 years before the intended start date, as you will need to complete the LPC (Legal Practice Course) (and GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) if you have studied a non-law degree) before your contract begins.
To apply to Eversheds, you will need to have at least 320 UCAS points at A-level or equivalent, and be on track for a 2:1 degree.
Training Contract Application Process
The initial application process for training contracts is as follows:
- Online Application
- Situational Judgement Test
The online application is the most competitive part of the interview process at Eversheds. It is designed to test applicants and to find the best candidates at this early stage. Though there are no free-text questions such as those you will find on the application forms of many other major law firms, as you will go through multiple interviews at later stages, in which you will answer these types of questions.
You will be asked to provide three examples of work experience that are relevant to a career in law, and four examples of positions of responsibility that you have held. You will also need to upload a copy of your CV, no more than two pages long. If you are unsure of what format to provide, Eversheds gives guidelines for a suggested layout on their website.
Check your application form for spelling mistakes and any errors before you submit it. When you do, remember to print a copy for yourself and keep it safe. If you are offered an interview, you will need to prepare and it will be essential to check what you have written on your application form.
TIP: You need to give yourself enough time to complete the application form. It’s a good idea to print out a blank copy of the form and draft your answers, but there is also a save function on the Eversheds' website.
Along with your online application, you will need to complete a Situational Judgement Test, specially designed to mimmick real-life scenarios that might arise during your career at Eversheds. Each question will give a brief description of a work-related situation, and 4 possible courses of action. You will need to identify the best and worst ones from the options. This helps to give them an idea of how you would fit in to life at the firm, and react to the various pressures that accompany the job.
If you pass the application screening and the situational judgement test, you will then have to pass through several more stages of assessment before you are offered a contract:
- Telephone Interview
- Face-to-Face Interview
- Assessment Centre
Now see - Eversheds Training Contract Interview Questions to learn how to ace these interviews and assessments.