Stage 1

Online Application

Complete the online application provided on the recruitment page.

Stage 2

Critical Thinking Test

The critical thinking test is specifically designed to assess critical and logical thinking skills. More specifically, the test measures abilities in:

  • Drawing inferences
  • Recognising assumptions
  • Argument evaluation
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Logical interpretation

Stage 3

Work Simulation and Written Exercise

If you are applying for a training contract, you will need to complete a work simulation exercise (an ‘e-tray test’). This ‘e-Tray’ test takes the form of a computer-based simulation of an email inbox. You will be required to respond to a series of emails using multiple-choice questions, extract information from data provided and make difficult decisions. The scenario is entirely fictitious.

After the exercise, you will need to prepare a written response to one email. This will be based on an issue you have been dealing with throughout the work simulation.

If you are applying for a vacation scheme, you will only need to  review the data and information provided as part of the work simulation exercise and prepare a written response to one email. You will not need to participate in the inbox exercise.

Stage 4

Interviews

You will need to attend two interviews. The first interview will be with member of the HR team with a member of the human resources team,  and will be competency-based. Your second interview will be conducted with lawyers from the practice. It will focus on your written exercise, from the previous stage, and will include a discussion centred around commercial awareness. Your performance will be measured against a list of traits (see below) which Linklaters expect from a successful lawyer.

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Time management
  • Commercial thinking

You should receive a response, regarding the outcome of your application, shortly after the interviews.

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