Both can be answered in a variety of articles on The Lawyer Portal. However, a personal perspective on the subject can give aspiring business lawyers an idea of why I am drawn to commercial law. Trade affects us all, and the need for competent professionals in contract and commercial law is higher than ever. If you want to learn more about contract law, listen to Melanie Louw, the lead tutor of the University of Cape Town`s short online course in contract and commercial law, as she explains the need for up-to-date skills. Also build on how your skills and character match what they`re looking for. In other words, think about the skills they expect from you (which you can find on any law firm`s recruitment website in the city) and show that you have them. Again, don`t just mention skills, but get a sense of how your extracurricular interests and work experiences have helped you gain the skills you need to become a great business lawyer. Some of the most original and effective answers are those that show how they have already built long-term relationships with customers and what results they have achieved for that customer! Many candidates believe that the reason a commercial law firm asks them, «Why commercial law?» is that the law firm in question is trying to see if the candidate they are interviewing is really pursuing a career in commercial law. While this isn`t wrong, it`s not the full picture. In truth, the question of whether it is asked by an application form or by an interviewee is whether (1) you are committed to the career and (2) you fully understand what the career will require of you, and (3) that you are well suited for the role. If so, think about what you liked about the job.
What did you like about participating in business transactions? Have you gained experience in different fields of activity and, if so, are there things you have found together that you have enjoyed? Attention to detail is paramount, as the slightest mistake in an agreement can be a big problem for a client`s business. Working well in a team is a key skill, as more important business work requires collaboration with other lawyers and the support staff of a law firm. Moreover, this article has shown how you can make your answer specific while avoiding generic answers. In addition, we have provided you with a guide on how to find and articulate your motivations for business law. For example, cybersecurity breaches by hotel groups in recent years may increase concerns about legal regulations and obligations of these groups, but also of banks whose customers could be affected, as well as those investing in the company itself. Interest in these topics is crucial to becoming a successful and passionate business lawyer. The second step is to align skills. Write down all the experiences you have had in recent years (non-legal, legal, paid, unpaid) and give each experience a skill/skill you have developed. For example, your part-time job as a bartender may demonstrate teamwork.
Once you have this list, find the skills the company you`re applying for is waiting for and circle the ones that match. You will want to include them in your answer. Commercial law is a safe legal sector that continues to thrive and grow with our economy. Studying commercial law not only helps develop research skills, pay attention to detail, and contact clients, but also gives you the skills you need to stay up to date on industry news and economic changes. Show that you have researched commercial law. Mention any cases that have caught your attention recently, especially those related to the headquarters where interns work in the company. On the company`s graduate recruitment website, you can find out in which departments the interns are guaranteed to work. For example, two of your internship positions at Hogan Lovells are in the Corporate and Finance groups and another in one of its process teams. All future Bristows lawyers are guaranteed a seat in the Intellectual Property Department. It`s important to note that your decision to become a commercial lawyer is determined by the modules you enjoy most or excel at.
Many say that an interest in contract and tort law is fundamental when it comes to a career as a business lawyer. As well as the wider range of modules available to students in later years, the question of whether you like the problems that occur most frequently in the business environment is crucial to personal understanding of whether you would like a career as a business lawyer. In addition, there is a distinction between corporate law and commercial law that many students may overlook. Do you focus on one and ignore the other? It is important that you avoid this, the two areas overlap considerably and knowledge and interest in both can certainly indicate your suitability for a career as a business lawyer. An example of overlap can be when it comes to a company`s life cycle: its position at creation, its growth and development, its decline and, of course, an analysis of the problems affecting each of these stages. Of course, if you are business-minded and interested in the companies you work with, you will be interested in these topics and the legal issues that can support or hinder business development over time. Are you attracted to the prospect of working in a client-centric role, with an emphasis on building relationships with clients? Would you like to work primarily in a team? If so, explain why these aspects address. Have you worked in a client-centric role in the past, and if so, what did you like? By covering three different reasons regarding your motivation for a career in business law, (a) you provide sufficient evidence of your motivation in commercial law while (b) not exceeding the number of words or response time allotted to you.
Think about the skills the company is looking for (check out their website) and show that you have them. For example, many commercial companies attach great importance to customer centricity; Show that you are good at dealing with people and that you are able to build new professional relationships by highlighting opportunities or jobs where you have had to provide a service or deal with clients. Don`t just name them – give examples of how you`ve excelled in these situations: Have you been promoted to your part-time retail job after demonstrating excellent customer service? Have you had to use your diplomatic skills to deal with difficult clients in your bar work? If you`re interested in a career in business law and are expanding your professional options, a sure way to stand out is to take contract management courses. One of the main reasons is that law firms invest a lot of time and money in training individuals. You don`t want to pay for your GDL/LPC (which many law firms in the city do!) or waste hundreds of hours of their partners` time if you`re not invested in it for the long haul. It is therefore above all a question of motivation. In other words, you need to show that you have the ambition to pursue a career in law, a genuine passion for a legal career, and the attention to find out why their law firm interests you. So far, this article has covered the reasons why a particular firm might ask you, «Why commercial law?» and the recommended structure for your answer to such a question. What is covered now is the content you should include in your response. In this section, we will address the following points: I believe that an essential part of the decision to become or not a commercial lawyer stems from commercial interests.
This means dealing with a company`s bankruptcy, the threat to the business, and the impact on consumers and public protection, all of which will impact business-related legal issues. Before I begin, I wanted to highlight a few points. Here you will find our database with > 70 successful applications from >60 law firms in which candidates answered the question «Why commercial law?». Keep in mind that, unlike others, our database includes a detailed commentary that walks you through the candidate`s answers and explains why the candidate`s response is successful or what could be improved. This answer is not technically wrong. However, it is extremely vague and unfocused. While commercial law will be «intellectually challenging,» the same could be said for a career in investment banking, academia or several other career paths. The «intellectually stimulating» test is not in itself special that would limit it to commercial law.
Therefore, the interviewer will likely wonder why you chose a career as a city attorney over a law professor. When talking about the company, avoid generic terminology, such as referring to its «global reputation.» Without a doubt, the firm has already informed you that this is an international commercial law firm, so you would only indicate the obvious or repetitive words of the website, possibly of the person reading your form! Instead, focus on the career opportunities such a company offers – things that regional companies may not be able to offer you. Some of these application questions ask why you are suitable for a «long-term career» in the company – describe some of your goals here. Outline how you want to grow and explain why you think this particular company will support your progress. For example, you may want to name the firm`s top clients in a particular field of activity or their reputation for training and mentoring.