Aisha Arden

Trainee Solicitor
London
Corporate General

Aisha Arden

Trainee Solicitor
London
Corporate General
Lisa Goodman

Aisha Arden

Why did you choose Ropes & Gray to start your legal career?

Ropes & Gray stood out to me as a firm that truly values diversity, equity and inclusion. The firm has forums, committees and policies centered on these topics, and have been recognized by the legal industry for its efforts. As an ambitious woman, I was excited by the prospect of establishing my legal career in the firm with the highest female equity partner count in London.

While I was attracted to the high quality of work and notable client roster, the people at Ropes & Gray are what sealed the deal for me. In conversations with partners, trainees and the recruitment team, I saw how open, responsive and personable everyone was. I also had a great experience on my vacation scheme. I learned an incredible amount because of the lawyers’ willingness to answer all my questions and make time to speak with me. I remember leaving the scheme feeling I would genuinely fit in here, and I am glad the feeling was mutual.

How did you find the recruitment and selection process?

The recruitment process was unique to any previous experience I have had—which made it interesting and even fun! The assessments tested such a broad range of skills, and while challenging, they were also enjoyable. The process felt like it was designed to get the best out of everyone. The recruitment team was responsive and helpful. I was particularly touched that the trainee recruitment partner at the firm gave me a personal call to tell me the news I was accepted—it’s one I will never forget.

How would you describe the firm’s culture?

Ropes & Gray is a firm with a strong culture of excellence and collegiality. Even as a vacation scheme student, I noticed this instantly. In the middle of a very busy deal, a partner on a call with my supervisor took the time to explain the deal context to me and define complex concepts. This left a strong impression and is a testament to the firm’s personable culture. I knew that Ropes & Gray was a firm where curiosity and a drive to learn are valued.

What tips would you give a potential applicant?

Use a wide range of resources to get to know the firm-- whether those are open days, webinars or conversations with lawyers at the firm. In-depth insight makes the whole process so much easier; you will genuinely be excited by what the firm has to offer. I would also encourage you to be yourself. You want to work at a firm who wants you for you. Embrace the unique qualities you have and consider how to leverage them in the context of your legal career. I also think it is important to be self-reflective and consider what your weaknesses are and how you could improve on them.