Herbies and Travers sign up to intensive coaching of diverse candidates

Herbert Smith Freehills and Travers Smith have joined a programme designed to provide diverse candidates with intensive one-to-one coaching on commercial law and technical knowledge.

The programme, called Discuss, is run by diverse recruitment agency Rare and designed for students at any UK university who meet Rare’s social mobility requirements and are interested in a career in commercial law.

Rare director and former Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance lawyer Melissa Andrewes and Gaynor Clements, a former partner at DAC Beachcroft’s legacy firm Beachcroft Wansborough, will provide intensive coaching to improve candidates’ technical knowledge and understanding of commercial law.

HSF and Travers will be part of a group of firms giving sessions on corporate law and firm application processes; sessions will be attended by partners, associates, trainees and graduate recruitment team members.

Other partner firms include Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, and Slaughter and May. Last year, the three firms offered 12 vacation schemes overall to Discuss candidates.

Andrewes said: “Competition for vacation scheme places is fiercer than ever and application and interview processes are rigorous. Top law firms use a range of assessments including ability tests, case studies and one-on-one commercial awareness interviews to help them decide who to hire.

“These assessments are designed to measure ability but inevitably having confidence and social capital gives certain students an advantage. This programme aims to enable Discuss students to develop their enormous potential, securing a place on a vacation scheme and, beyond, a successful career in law.”

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