Our Application Process.

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Stage 1: Written

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1. Tell us about your background and your motivations to pursue a legal career HERE.

  • Click opportunities and find CSH.

  • Ensure both screening questions are answered.

  • Ensure you upload an up-to-date 2-page CV on your SEO London Candidate Portal.

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Stage 2: Video Interview

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2. Successful candidates will be invited to a video interview. This will examine motivations to be a CSH candidate and a lawyer, as well as knowledge of the industry/commercial awareness.

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Stage 3: Outcome

3. Following interview, candidates will receive an outcome within a week.

Successful candidates will be promptly welcomed to an induction and a horizontal networking session -
kick-starting their legal career!

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Eligibility Criteria.

Applications are open for candidates in their first-year (of a three-year degree) or candidates in their second-year (of a four-year degree).

Applicants must have attended non-fee paying schools will also need to prove one or more of the following:

 

  • Are the first to go to university in your immediate family.

  • Are from a socially mobile background.

  • Received Free School Meals in the UK and/or any other financial assistance.

  • Are from a Black and/or Global Majority Heritage background.

  • Are a parent or carer.

Students on Pathways to Law Plus are not eligible for the CSH Programme.

Please contact mimi.mc-j@seo-london.org if you wish to discuss this further or have any other social mobility factors.

Hear from our candidates

"Why did you join CSH?"

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Matthew Nixon, University of Cambridge

"The path to starting a career in commercial law is one that requires excellence at many different stages of the process. From tailoring applications to performing well at an assessment centre, a lot of insider knowledge and practice is needed to present your very best self in the application process. I joined the City Solicitors Horizons Programme to provide me with the training and skills needed to make the best application I can."

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Aoibhin Spriggs, University of Cambridge

"I was excited by the opportunities it could provide for someone like me, with no connections to the legal sector. I was interested in the potential to develop my commercial awareness in a proactive way and in collaboration with my peers through the newsletters, and broaden my network of like minded individuals. The mentoring scheme also invaluable, and I look forward to being guided by someone with a real insight into commercial law generally, and who can provide me with a real sense of what a particular firm is like. The work experience programme was also a particularly exciting prospect, as it affords the opportunity to gain insight and experience which I would not otherwise have."

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Himani Patel, University of Cambridge

"I joined the CSH programme to grow my confidence in commercial settings and be supported by those who have successfully navigated the training contract process. I also wanted to get the chance to build strong relationships with students, trainees and lawyers who have come from a similar background to mine."

"How has your CSH experience been so far?"

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Jessica Balaam-Smith, CSH 2020-2023 Cohort

"One of the best things about being on the CSH programme has been the ability to see people from the same background as me - whether this be within our cohort,  within the alumni network or in the sponsor firms, it adds to my drive to one day be in a position to give back to CSH as an alumni working within a law firm."

Read about Jessica's recent work experience placement with her sponsor firm, Macfarlanes by clicking here.

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Henry Connors, CSH 2020-2023 Cohort

 

"City Solicitors Horizons has provided inspiration, guidance, and support of the highest possible calibre. It has been instrumental in my growth on both a professional and personal level, and, above all, it has imbued me with confidence I never thought I could possess."

Henry's CSH position is sponsored by Burges Salmon.

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Maxmus King, CSH 2019-2022 Cohort

 

"The CSH programme has been instrumental in growing my confidence and commercial awareness. I have received first class mentoring and started building relationships with the top law firms in the City."

Maxmus' CSH position is sponsored by Stephenson Harwood

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Want to learn more?

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