Squire Patton Boggs vacation scheme application
Dear Sir / Madam
I am applying for the Squire Patton Boggs Leeds Office vacation scheme after visiting the firms’ Open Day event which was held at [insert place] on [insert date].
I am looking to become a lawyer because during my law-related work experience, I found that every case is unique and poses different challenges each time. This will present me with a constant variety of work as I will be required to deal with different and cutting-edge challenges facing clients. Moreover, as a lawyer, I will gain access to the latest insights into and problems facing commercial markets in which clients operate. This will present me with the challenge of adapting legal ideas and constructs to the practical problems facing real businesses in such a way that solves the clients’ problems and adds value to their business.
I am attracted to Squire Patton Boggs training contract because of its small intake of trainees and six seat programme. This small intake of trainee solicitors as well as the firm’s relatively small sized office will allow me to operate in tightly knit teams, make a substantial contribution to the cases that I work on and receive quality training, all of which will help me to develop into a well-rounded lawyer. During my attendance of an open day, I was drawn by the law firm’s collegiate and friendly environment. I found people open and approachable, and noticed that the office showed its commitment to work-life balance such as by having Christmas decoration competitions between departments. I believe that all of the aforesaid will make my life at Squire Patton Boggs both personally and professionally rewarding.
I covet the necessary skill set and experience to become a successful trainee solicitor. During my work experience, I demonstrated excellent leadership and organisational skills. For example, I led a project in Seoul High Court to improve our service to foreign visitors. The Court had no resources to help foreigners with procedural issues such as filling out applications and receiving instructions. I decided to team up with other employees to solve the problems by producing guidelines for employees at the service desk, designing application forms translated in English and Arabic, and persuading the government to hire more interpreters. The most challenging work was persuading my superiors, who showed little enthusiasm to support my project through funding and assistance in a bureaucratic system. I learned to manage a project by communicating people in different areas of work, managing limited resources, and organising an effective teamwork. This experience will serve as a valuable asset when working on challenging client issues.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.