Legal Assessment Day Advice & Assistance
Assessment Days for Lawyers and Law Students can be extremely stressful, although usually a fairly enjoyable experience if you like a challenge. Some firms use them, others avoid them. It is an easy way to quickly assess a large number of applicants and whittle down the applications to something more manageable at interview stage.
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Typical Assessment Day Timetable
A typical assessment day is as follows (this is an account from a potential trainee solicitor attending an assessment day in the North West):
Introductions – we had to write a few facts about ourselves on a side of a4 paper, screw it in to a ball and throw it in the centre of the room, we all then had to go grab a ball and discover who it was and then use that to introduce the person to the group.
We then had a group exercise. We were a group of four hikers, lost in a snowstorm – in a tent -and had to decide on how many people should look for – and then from a list of 19 items decide which ten should be taken by the people who went for help and what items should remain for the people staying in the tent.
I then had a competency based interview. First question ‘what is your unique selling point’ (I nearly fell off my chair) – other questions included examples of being commercially aware, greatest non academic achievement etc..
The comprehension exercise was in a vein of a spelling test. There was a sentence or two with words missing an you had to choose which went where. affect/effect advise/advice were the simple ones I can remember there were some very tricky ones which definitely threw me. There were 40 to do in 20 minutes (plenty of time however).
Hope this assists anyone looking for advice on assessment days… Let us know your experiences! To try a practice Assessement Day please visit our Legal Careers Shop – we offer a full Assessment Day scenario with handouts and exercises.