Why did you choose Ropes & Gray to start your legal career?
I wanted to train at a firm that that offered exceptional transactional work alongside smaller- sized teams and trainee intake. Ropes & Gray advises on some of the highest quality multi-jurisdictional transactions and its smaller intake offers the opportunity to gain greater responsibility early on. What truly differentiated the firm for me was its commitment to its people, along with a feeling of approachability and an encouragement to ask questions. I knew I would be able to develop professionally in a supported, collaborative and motivating environment.
How did you find the recruitment and selection process?
I particularly enjoyed the range of assessments, as they drew upon a series of different skills and allowed the individual to shine through. Overall, the communication from graduate recruitment was very good regarding the objectives of tasks and the timeline of the process.
How would you describe the firm’s culture?
The firm’s culture is collegial, non-hierarchical and motivating. Everyone at Ropes & Gray, from fellow trainees to partners, is thoroughly supportive and has a willingness to assist and answer questions whenever you need it.
What tips would you give a potential applicant?
Be yourself, be inquisitive and demonstrate enthusiasm for wanting to work at the firm. Tailor your application to Ropes & Gray and show self-reflection. Also be sure to use examples to substantiate your answers whether at the application or interview stage.
Please provide 3-4 fun fact about yourself.
- One of my hobbies is hiking—I completed a trek to Everest Base Camp in 2019.
- I was born on the Isle of Man and it is still my favourite place to visit.
- I have done volunteerwork in refugee law for Lawyers Against Poverty and gender development for African Impact Cape Town.
- I have dual nationality – Irish and British.