University of York student with training contract offers from Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Slaughter and May makes us ALL feel bad

Pope humbled by magic circle offers

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A University of York philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) student has revealed that she has training contract offers from a trio of magic circle outfits.

Selina Pope — who is in her final year of her PPE degree and hasn’t even studied law yet — was offered trainee positions at Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Slaughter and May.

And after just a quick glance of Pope’s LinkedIn, it’s clear to see why she’s a woman in demand.

Pope — who will complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Accelerated Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School next year — has undertaken vacation schemes at all three elite firms, including an additional week at Freshfields’ Hong Kong outpost.

Having eventually accepted a training contract offer from the Anglo-German outfit, she told student newspaper The Tab:

Before accepting the training contract with Freshfields, I also had to decide between offers at Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance. I did vacation schemes at these three firms so it was a really hard choice for me — I really enjoyed my time at all three, but ultimately, Freshfields felt like the right ‘fit’ for me.

Describing the offers as “humbling”, Pope, who is able to speak both Mandarin Chinese and French, explained how she was just relieved her hard work had paid off.

The young PPE student won’t commence her training contract until 2018, but it’s clear that she has no intention of taking her foot off the gas. According to her LinkedIn, the top student — difficult to argue with that one — is currently undertaking a summer internship at global investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Nervous, but equally excited about making the move to the capital to start he career as a City lawyer, Pope encouraged students to break down their career goals into “smaller ones”. Continuing she said:

If your overall goal is to get a graduate job at Goldman Sachs by the end of university, break that down into smaller, more short-term goals to help you get there. That way a goal that seems initially difficult to achieve can become more tangible and achievable.

Remember the name: Pope.

87 Comments

Anonymous

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George

Well done to her but this is not particularly uncommon at Oxbridge/UCL. Lots of clever and/or well connected people out there.

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Anonymous

Fine not common but it’s not something thst you would submit to a website…every year has a good handful of such people

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Anonymous

How do you even know she submitted this to the website? I know this girl and the article was originally a TAB article that was based on questions about career paths of finalists. (https://www.facebook.com/legalcheek/posts/1056752964403863) Legal cheek has just adapted it.

Check your facts before you make unfair presumptions about other people.

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Anonymous

Sorry my phrasing was poor. I don’t wish to slight her in any way – it was more aimed at legal cheek.

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Not a bitter trainee at "mid-sized" firm

Have fun at the photocopier!

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Anonymous

That was the joke….

Although there is some truth behind less responsibility at the big firms

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Bumblebee

“Pope humbled by magic circle offers”

That has to be the best standfirst of the year by far.

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Anonymous

Amazing, Well done! And without any ‘indirect nepotism’ of work experiences/placements on her linkedin profile!

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Anonymous

Aside from the obvious parental funding and summers without any need to do work to fund her studies, yes.

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Anonymous

To be fair, GS pay their interns around £1,000/week, and vac schemes are paid too.

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Anonymous

Seems like a pretty obnoxious and judgmental thing to say. How do you know this for sure? Do you know this girl? Have you looked at her LinkedIn or are you just jealously assuming these things? She probably worked incredibly hard for these opportunities off her own back. Jealous isn’t attractive.

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Anonymous

Not jealous at all to be honest – I’m quite a bit past where she is in her career and I have a similarly diverse CV, but not perhaps one quite so stellar.

I’m just pointing out an obvious fact that students who need to earn money over the summer, paid vacation schemes aside (although I don’t know many students who could afford to do one in Asia, even if it was nominally paid), might find it harder to build up such an impressive range of summer activities. Which, equally obviously in my view, must have an impact on the kind of opportunities that are available post-degree.

I’ll say it again, it’s not jealousy – it’s just frustration that opportunities are not necessarily open to all based on ability, but are rather *more* open to those with independent financial means.

That’s not an unfair comment.

I would comment with equal “obnoxiousness” and “jealousy” on someone who had every advantage in life, including independent wealth, were they not to take advantage of that wealth and simply fritter their opportunities away – as I have done with the children of some of my colleagues, some of whom could do/be anything, but in many cases choose to do as little as possible without a massive parental kick up the behind.

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Anonymous

Speaking from experience (I did the international placement too, although not in HK), the week in Asia was an additional component of the FBD vacation scheme. The firm paid for flights, hotel, and living expenses, it didn’t require any independent financial means.

Again, you’re making incorrect assumptions.

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Anon

Fair enough but how do you know any of these things apply to this girl? I know her and the freshfields Hong Kong scheme (as other international schemes) are all paid for and competitive. You have to apply further to get one and be good enough (I know because I did one)

Again, everything you’re saying is completely fair enough in principle – I agree but it’s unfair to presume this girl is not actually one of those people who, despite not having all
Opportunities given to her on a plate, succeeded. Like
I said, I know her so I know this is the case but you don’t so there’s no need to be mean and
Bitter to and personal about *her* situation, despite having fair views.

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Anonymous

I stand corrected on the FBD Asia point – perhaps I was too quick to judge.

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Anonymous

Nice to see there are some people on LC who are willing to admit when they are wrong on a point. As the other anonymous poster said, I also agree with what you said in principle, but in this case it doesn’t apply.

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Anonymous

I’m sure Freshfields will be delighted when she gets a better offer from Goldman Sachs and reneges on her contract.

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Anonymous

Rumour has it she was told on the quiet by a CC trainee about the pool cleaning duties required at that firm and that ruled them out of the running. This was discovered by management and the trainee now serves as a full time turd life guard.

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Anonymous

‘…the top student — difficult to argue with that one…’ He saw it coming but still chose the word top over any other adjective available in the English language. TOP MARKS.

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Anonymous

I’m always happy to see people outside of Oxbridge and London do well.

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Anonymous

Why, because there’s an expectation that they don’t usually? What a dumb comment.

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Anonymous

That is *precisely* the expectation for law students.

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Anonymous

“Remember the name: Pope.”

What is the tripe?

She’s went out of her way to scream to world that she got 3 MC offers. Generally such a ghastly public declaration is something that most law firms will want to shy away from…

Modesty goes along way. Then again Daddy’s money doesn’t quite teach one that concept…

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Anon

Yes, because someone who is critical of the person in this article *must* be a bitter Irwin Mitchell employee. If someone wants to work in personal legal services, why would they be bitter about someone getting a position at a firm practising an entirely different area of law and with a harder culture in terms of hours and pressure?

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US NQ

Nah, he’s just making a point that Irwin Mitchell is a shytepool full of morbidly obese Northerners.

Literally the best place to start a stellar career in law.

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Anonymous

I know Selina fairly well and I can assure you that you’re mistaken referring to ‘daddy’s money’. She also didn’t submit this to LC. As always, LC lifted it from The Tab.

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Anonymous

You just have to insult her, but there isn’t really anything to insult, so you insult her trousers. It’s pathetic really.

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Harry High-Pants

Oh shush.

If she wants to parade around the internet, gobbing off about how difficult her life is, having to choose between three magical circle offers, all whilst wearing trousers that seemingly extend to her armpits, she can expect to experience a little hostility.

Lighten up Pope.

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Anonymous

I know how it feels.

As a redbrick grad at ICSL with a clutch of pupillage offers, many of the Oxbridger’s without were barely able to hide their outrage/ sense of entitlement.

Good on her!

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Sure you do, mate

Many of those who get one pupillage offer get more than one. It’s the way of things. What is, however, extraordinarily rare is when someone who can’t use apostrophes gets one.

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Anonymous

“Many of those who get one pupillage offer get more than one.”

Appalling grammar.

Back to school!

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Anonymous

And I suppose your Irwin Mitchell salary stretches to tailored suits, does it?

Anyway, jealousy is a terrible look. Anonymous sniping of a successful 22 year old makes you look like a bitter old fart.

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Anon

Your attempt to insult Irwin Mitchell trainees/solicitors is pretty idiotic given that most of them do not think they are at an inferior firm if they want to work in personal legal services. Why would they be jealous of Magic Circle firms if they neither want to work in that area of law nor desire the excessive working hours and pressure?

He is correct in that parading such things around the Internet is not particularly endearing.

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Anonymous

Nothing wrong with going for a firm outside the MC, but Irwin Mitchell is a sweatshop with rock bottom morale. It won the ROF Golden Turd a few years back. There’s a reason why I chose that firm over any other.

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Anon

That doesn’t mean Irwin Mitchell employees are all bitter and secretly desire to work at a Magic Circle firm, and engage in insults like the person you are quoting has. You’ve brought Irwin Mitchell into this for no other reason than random snobbery and a means of insulting the poster.

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IW toiler

I can vouch that the Turd from RoF was well-deserved.

Utterly dire staff morale, shyte pay and even worse benefits (as if selling your holiday time for £500 a week qualifies as a benefit?!), obese partners strutting around yelling obscenities at their trainee minions, no-mobile phone policy lifted straight out of a DPRK labour camp, the list goes on…

Avoid.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Genuine question – is this not fairly standard? Of the people I know who got pupillage, at least half got multiple offers. If they were good enough to make the grade at one set they were often good enough to make it at another set. Does it not work that way in the MC?

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Anonymous

I got lots of interviews but only one offer. You need to be amazing on paper and in person to get multiple offers, and as far as I know it’s relatively rare for solicitors.

Having said that, lots of City firms are competing to finish their recruitment quickly so that the best candidates will accept offers before going to other interviews.

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Trump & Krieg

60’s trousers and frilly top, 80’s stonewashed denim jacket. What a disaster.

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York Uni RFC lad

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Drunken adventures

I know what you mean bud, I’ve been there too. Great stuff, innit?

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Anonymous

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The Pope's former lover

Hah, nice try deleting comments LC, but you can’t silence is all!

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Well done to this girl, but, WHY IS THIS NEWS?! Why is this *that* impressive? I know plenty of people (oxbridge and redbrick) who got TC’s while doing their BAs or MAs. It’s certainly impressive, but this article makes the achievement rare. It’s not.

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Anonymous

A privileged middle class kid obtains multiple training contract offers – what’s new?

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Anon

Do you even know she’s privileged or middle class? So judgmental.

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Anonymous

I hope this isn’t the case, since RARE Recruitment would have played a role in helping her get these vacation schemes.

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anon

either way, in being female she qualifies for help from Rare anyway.

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Anonymous

Isn’t Rare meant to be for disadvantaged ethnic minorities?

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Corbyn's bearded scrotum

She’s a rich white girl. Ain’t those essentially a disadvantaged ethnic minority in today’s UK?

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Anonymous

Again, how do you know she’s from a rich background?

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Anon

Actually she’s Asian and how do you know she’s rich? Just because you’ve done well you automatically assume she’s rich? So judgmental

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Oh Tommy

Yet another complete non-story by LC.

There are literally dozens, maybe even a hundred students across the UK each annual recruitment cycle who often hold several offers from a variety of firms/banks/consultancies and are therefore ‘spoiled for choice’. Hardly worthy of a tosh article penned by Tommy the hack.

Having said that, she is quite cute.

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anon

I think we’ve all agreed that this is a pretty ‘non-story’ and I think the girl would probably agree too. After all, the article was lifted from a TAB article that she answered after being asked to by a friend (http://thetab.com/2016/06/07/meet-finalist-job-offers-three-magic-circle-law-firms-92681?utm_source=student&utm_medium=925&utm_campaign=tabpages)

That aside, I don’t think it’s fair to be personally attacking her and making unfair, nasty claims about her background. It’s just rude and bitter. If she’s achieved these things, good on her – from the TAB article it certainly doesn’t look like she was trying to get it posted all over the internet. Sometimes these things just happen. Have a rant about the author for posting this article perhaps, even contact her if you’re interested in her achievements and want to find out more, or even get help. I know this girl and she’s helped countless people with interviews and applications – she’s one of the most helpful people I know.

So, stop hiding behind anon and saying nasty things on a comment section of an article.

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Really? This is an article?

I mean this is literally every other Historian/English student at Cambs not to mention within the law fac the above wouldn’t be counted as impressive at all.

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anon

but the difference is, this isn’t a Cambridge student we’re talking about, hence the interest, I expect.

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Anonymous

What the fuck even is this article? Random nobody does well… Why is this in the common interest of any group of people other than her friends / family?

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Salacious stories

Alex hopes this puff article will get him in Selina’s high waisted red trousers.

Sadly, he is mistaken.

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Anonymous

I had four training contract offers, where’s my article?

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Anonymous

Yes you did….

Mischon De Reya
Irwin Mitchell
Kingsley Napley
Slater and Gordon

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Morbidly obese northerner

Phwoar, everybody’s a boss on the interwebz! I mean, I got a Desmond from Manchester Metropolitan and I received three US, two SS and 2 MC offers, fuck yea!

Now I’m unemployed and miserable, fuck yea!

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Anonymous

Oh I get it!

So that is why you call yourself a morbidly obese Northerner

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Scouser of Counsel

In my considerable experience, being a
morbidly obese northerner is no bar to a successful career in the law!

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Anonymous

Some say Selina wears a badge claiming the she got three training contract offers.

Ps – Nice trousers.

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