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.
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 vacation schemes and training contracts 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
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.
What does TCLA Premium offer?
It's a monthly package that gives you access to all of our past content and future materials. Premium members receive:
1 Application Review every month
Our thorough and personal application review service, offers you detailed, line-by-line comments on your vacation scheme or training contract application. TCLA Premium members are eligible for one free application review every month. Read more about our application review service.
Access 45+ threads in our private forum
Members of TCLA Premium have access to all of our past content. That's over eight months worth of content.
Inside our forum, you will find copies of 15+ successful applications and cover letters, high-level application advice, our third M&A mock case study, business news roundups, and more!
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. Check out our samples here.
We have insights on the following firms, with more coming each month: Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, BCLP, Bird & Bird, Debevoise & Plimpton, Dechert, Eversheds Sutherland, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown, Reed Smith, Ropes & Gray, Simmons & Simmons, Travers Smith, Weil Gotshal & Manges and White & Case.
Every month, we release a new course on a commercial topic, which is 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 hope to provide you with an in-depth understanding of a topic to take you forward in your career.
Our current courses include:
M&A forms the basis for some of the hardest exercises at law firm interviews and assessment days. That's why this course is designed to prepare you for all forms of M&A questions across case studies, written exercises and scenario interviews. You'll come away with a detailed understanding of the key interview topics through video lectures and case study materials.
No other course contains the breadth of material contained in this course, which includes:
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:
- Camilla Gionso, Third Year Student, University College London
- William Nicholson, Master's student, King's College London