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High-level resources to help aspiring lawyers secure training contracts

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Why TCLA Premium?

If you're on this page, chances are you want to be a commercial lawyer. It's a profession that offers interesting work, global opportunities and the chance to work on headlining deals.

However, commercial law is also one of the most competitive industries to enter. Thousands of candidates apply for a small number of places each year. Only a handful secure training contracts.

Just look at the reported application to interview ratio for these firms:

Data from Lex 100 (2018)

TCLA Premium has been designed to turn good candidates into great candidates at all levels of the process. We detail how to write the top 1% of applications. We break down how you can excel in case studies and partner interviews. And we teach you the fundamentals of commercial awareness.

We're not here to give you the secret to securing a training contract because, quite frankly, there isn't one. But what we can do is share everything we've learned, having been through the process ourselves and having worked with thousands of candidates over the last few years (in 2018 alone, we reviewed over 500 applications!).

Contrary to what you might think at the moment, much of reaching the top 1% percent is about learning skills. Application writing, interview performance, debating commercial topics... they're just like any skill that can be developed through consistent, deliberate practice.

Now, at the moment, some of this information is already out there. But it's fragmented. That makes things easy to miss and hard to find. It means many aspiring lawyers don't know what makes a good application or how to answer challenging commercial interview questions. That's a huge problem because, for many firms, you only have one shot per cycle.

So, TCLA Premium offers high-level training and resources on teach candidates the skills they need to secure training contracts, all in one easily-accessible location.

It won't be for everyone and it's not a secret sauce: you can definitely still secure a training contract without TCLA Premium.

What it does do is combine the knowledge you need to know for your applications, interviews and assessment centres in a single, straightforward package. We've put hundreds and hundreds of hours into providing the best resources we can think of to help you secure a training contract.

TCLA Premium 2.0 provides high-level training and resources to help aspiring lawyers secure training contracts at elite commercial law firms.

Our monthly membership programme gives you unlimited access to all our TCLA courses and premium materials, including all of our future courses.

TCLA Premium

What does TCLA Premium offer?

It's a monthly recurring subscription that gives you access to all of our past content and future materials. Premium members receive:

Access to 45+ Successful Applications and Cover Letters

Members of TCLA Premium have access to all of our past content in our private forum. Inside our forum, you will find copies of 45+ successful applications and cover letters shared by recent successful candidates.

These include applications to: Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, BCLP, Clyde & Co, CMS, Dechert, Dentons, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Howard Kennedy, Howes Percival, Jones Day, K&L Gates, Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Mayer Brown, Norton Rose Fulbright, Osborne Clarke, Pennington Manches Cooper, Pinsent Masons, Reed Smith, Slaughter and May, Shearman & Sterling, Simmons & Simmons, Watson Farley & Williams, Weil Gotshal and Manges, and White & Case

You will also find high-level application advice, commercial discussions, and more content posted over the last 1.5 years!

Line-by-line Application Reviews

We reviewed over 500 applications in 2018. Our thorough and personal application review service, offers you detailed, line-by-line comments on your vacation scheme or training contract application. Silver TCLA Premium members are eligible for one free application review every month (returned in 3 working days), while Gold Members can receive 3 fast-track reviews each month (returned in 1 working day). Read more about our Application Review Service. We'll use our application reviews to teach you to how sell yourselves on paper, how to stand out from the crowd, and how to answer a variety of law firm application questions.

25+ Law Firm Insights

To secure a training contract, you need to demonstrate a clear motivation for applying to a particular firm. But it's not always easy to work out what makes law firms different. Our detailed law firm profiles have been designed to help you to tailor your applications and justify what makes a law firm different at interviews.

We use our premium subscriptions to The Lawyer and Legal Week, along with our existing knowledge of firms, to give you a detailed explanation of a firm's unique selling points. You'll come away with a high-level understanding of a firm, which you can then apply to your applications, interviews and vacation schemes.

We have insights on the following firms: Ashurst, Akin Gump, Baker McKenzie, BCLP, Bird & Bird, Debevoise & Plimpton (mini-insight), Dechert, Dentons, Eversheds Sutherland, Gibson Dunn, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, Macfarlanes, Mayer Brown, Reed Smith, Ropes & Gray, Simmons & Simmons, Skadden, Stephenson Harwood, Travers Smith, Trowers & Hamlins, Vinson & Elkins, Weil Gotshal & Manges and White & Case. Check out a sample law firm insight for Skadden.

Access to all of our courses!

Our commercial awareness courses are designed to teach you what you need to know about that topic ahead of your interviews and assessment centres. We use a combination of video tutorials, case studies and graded quizzes to cater to different styles of learning. More than "commercial awareness", we provide you with an in-depth understanding of a topic to take you forward in your career.

Our current courses include:

1: Private Equity

2: The Interviewees' Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions

3: The Aspiring Lawyer's Guide to Brexit

4: TCLA's 2019/20 Interview Course

5: Becoming an Exceptional Candidate

6. Managing your Training Contract

7. From TCLA to TC

8. TCLA's Weekly Report

No other course contains the breadth of material contained in these courses, nor are they tailored in the same way to aspiring lawyers. Moreover, within these courses you will find mock case studies and sample answers, detailed video breakdowns of challenging interview questions, and 40+ sample interview answers.

TCLA's Introduction to the City Course

In this course, we break down the commercial topics likely to come up at interviews and assessment centres in 2019/2020, including the financial markets, the business of law firms, topical news stories, and fundamental business knowledge.

The goal is to demystify topical news stories and provide an overview of how different parts of the City work together. We cover the following topics:

  • Finance and the Capital Markets
  • The Financial Crisis
  • Cybersecurity for Law Firms
  • Law Firms as a Business
  • The US-China Trade War
  • The General Data Protection Regulation

And more!

Access to our Video Interview Simulator

Our Video Interview Simulator is the same software that many law firms use to filter candidates. You'll be asked questions, adapted from real law firm interviews, under timed conditions and we'll provide you with comprehensive question-by-question feedback. You'll also receive a recording of your performance and a copy of our video interview cheat sheet to prepare you for the real thing. Premium members are able to book one session free every month! Read more about our Video Interview Simulator.

Exclusive For Gold Members

Gold Members are entitled to all the benefits of TCLA Premium, plus...

Three Fast-Track Application Reviews

Gold Members can receive 3 fast-track reviews each month (returned in 1 working day). Read more about our Application Review Service.

A Copy of Our Commercial Booklet

Access to TCLA's Crash Course Talks

We're delighted to announce that Gold Members now have access to almost three hours of content from TCLA's Crash Course. More details on this exclusive course can be found here.

The sessions include:

Legal Technology Crash Course by Alistair Wye

Understanding the City by Christopher Stoakes and Ben Staveley

Mergers & Acquisitions Crash Course by Bobby Reddy

Mastering Interviews by Arun Sohan-Pall

Fast-Track Office Hours

Starting from Tuesday 3 March 2020, Gold members have access to fast-track office hours. There will be three 15 minutes slots each week from 1:30pm-2:15pm to meet with the TCLA team and one session can be booked each month.

You can use this session to chat about anything related to securing a training contract. This can include:

  • Reviewing your current profile and identifying areas of improvement
  • Working out your application strategy
  • Dealing with rejection and time management
  • Reviewing a past application
  • Advice on improving your interview performance
  • Developing your commercial awareness
  • Learning about what working at a law firm is like

Get started now!

"I found the private equity class very useful. Jaysen provided us with the basic knowledge of the area in a very exhaustive yet clear manner. We also practiced interview style questions on private equity to test our understanding of the class. As the class number is very small (just two people) we also had the chance to ask many questions, and it felt like the class was actually tailored to our needs and previous knowledge. Very satisfactory overall."

- Camilla Gionso, Third Year Student, University College London

Courses Included with Purchase

TCLA's Introduction to the City Course
Learn how to excel in commercial interviews and assessment centres
Jaysen Sutton
Law Firm Insights
Insights into law firms
Jaysen Sutton
Understanding Private Equity
An Introduction to Private Equity
Jaysen Sutton
The Interviewees' Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions
Preparing you for M&A Case Studies and Interviews
Jaysen Sutton
The Aspiring Lawyer's Guide to Brexit
Mastering Brexit in Law Firm Interviews
Jaysen Sutton
TCLA's 2019/2020 Interview Course
Prepare for interviews at leading commercial law firms
Future Trainee Solicitors
Legal Technology Crash Course
Legal Technology in Commercial Law Firms
Richard Tromans
Managing Your Training Contract
Standing Out, Managing Expectations, Staying Organised...and much more!
Trainee Solicitors and Associates
From TCLA to TC
Your Guide to Securing a Training Contract
TCLA's Weekly Report And Interview Guides
Stay up to date with the most relevant commercial news & access our best interview guides!
The TCLA Team

Original Price: £911

"The course was comprehensive. It covered the basics and extended to the more challenging areas of private equity. Jaysen provided easily digestible explanations and used real world application to elucidate the concepts. I'd definitely recommend the course."

- William Nicholson, Master's student, King's College London

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you are a subscriber - across any and all devices you own. Note, this is a monthly recurring subscription, but you may cancel at any time.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have to pay my £30/month fee?
You can remain a member of the All Access Bundle for however long you'd like. You can also cancel at anytime, and stop paying at any time. You can find the instructions on how to cancel within the FAQ section of TCLA Premium.
But application deadlines are over, why subscribe now?
TCLA Premium 2.0 is not designed to be a short-term fix. It provides progressive training to candidates with the support of frequent courses. Improving interview performance and developing a detailed understanding of commercial issues takes time, and the aim of TCLA Premium is to train you in time for training contract interviews.
What if I am unhappy with my premium subscription?
We work really hard to make sure our materials are the best we can be. However, we would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I'm already subscribed to TCLA Premium Version 1.0, do I need to subscribe again?
No, you do not! Everything here is available to you. We'll be issuing you a coupon shortly, so check your private messages in our forum!

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