Linklaters launches new technology driven assessment approach for Training Contract and Vacation Scheme applications

  • New approach gives applicants the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to solve problems like a lawyer from first stage of recruitment process 
  • Innovative new platform cuts application time from up to 5 hours to 90 minutes

Linklaters is revolutionising the firm’s application and selection process for Vacation Scheme and Training Contract applications across Asia and in the UK by overhauling the traditional application form and replacing it with an online skills assessment that can be done in under 90 minutes.

Linklaters has listened to feedback on the traditional law firm application form, that can take up to 4 to 5 hours to complete. The global firm has refreshed the recruitment process with an innovative new platform which asks candidates to work their way through realistic scenarios to demonstrate the capabilities that Linklaters looks for in top calibre trainee lawyers.

The move supports the firm’s commitment to increasing social mobility in the legal industry by taking the emphasis off traditional assessment criteria such as education and background and instead widens the first stage of recruitment to those who can demonstrate the thought process of a top lawyer.

The new platform is designed to assess applicants on critical thinking and behavioural skills-based tasks. The aim is to identify trainee lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds who can demonstrate the key qualities and natural talent looked for in top tier firms.

Alison Wilson, graduate recruitment partner in London commented:
“We want to recruit the very best candidates from any location and to do that we have switched the focus on to asking applicants, from the very first step in the selection process, to show us their ability to take on the typical challenges of a trainee lawyer and demonstrate their critical thinking. We are looking for team players with the raw talent to think creatively and demonstrate an aptitude for answering legal questions rather than the typical focus on education and qualifications.”
Gloria Cheung, graduate recruitment partner in Hong Kong commented:
“It’s exciting that we are going to be launching this new approach in Hong Kong and other Asian offices. This is a great example of Linklaters continuing to innovate and use technology to ensure the best experience for our people and potential future joiners, which will ultimately enable us to provide enhanced service to our clients.”

The online platform asks the candidate to embark on their journey as a new trainee lawyer at Linklaters, while being introduced to a range of tasks and projects ranging from supporting deals to completing training with new colleagues.  The assessment contains six ‘tiles’. Each tile will have a different set of information and questions associated with it, giving the candidate insight into the type of work they would likely undertake as a trainee.

Through this assessment, candidates will discover the positive impact they could have as a trainee and how they could contribute to the wider success of Linklaters, before they have even started in the role. The new development follows the recent launches of the firm’s innovative virtual internship and Vantage programme. The new recruitment platform has been designed in partnership with Capp.