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Vlogging future City trainee solicitor reveals how to secure a vac scheme the ‘easy way’

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Ali Obeid has interned at a number of top outfits

Ali Obeid

We’ve seen a slew of law students dabble in vlogging (or ‘vlawging’ as we like to refer to it at Legal Cheek), and now one future City trainee solicitor has taken to YouTube to reveal how to ace those all-important vac scheme applications.

Ali Obeid is the face behind The FleekTalks, a channel on the video sharing website which, among other things, sheds light on his experiences in law. Speaking to Legal Cheek, Obeid, who has a training contract offer from White & Case, says he started the channel “to help students achieve their academic goals, irrespective of their backgrounds”. Obeid himself attended a state school in a deprived area.

One clip that caught our eye was a recent upload (embedded below), ‘How to get an internship over the summer (the easy way)’. Reflecting on personal experience — at White & Case and Freshfields where his LinkedIn shows he completed vacation schemes — Obeid shares four tips to summer vac scheme success in a very down to earth way.

There’s a wealth of information out there, he begins, which often makes it tricky to narrow down your research to the specifics required in application forms. Building a network of people within your target industry can therefore “iron out any misunderstandings”, says Obeid, who has just completed his second year studying politics at LSE. His university have a match-making service, for example, which partners students with professionals. He connected with an experienced lawyer this way who could share insights “you simply couldn’t Google.”

Other top tips include building work experience (whether that’s law-related or not). This is where transferable skills come into play, and Obeid said he would write about his past experience at high-street retailer Next in his vac scheme applications.

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Alongside the YouTube pursuit Obeid has an Instagram “news page” on which he shares stories touching on controversial themes ranging from racism to feminism. It’s probably why his next tip is to “create content”. He explains:

“I remember in some interviews at the biggest law firms the interviewers who are senior associates and partners would spend more time speaking about my news page and my YouTube stuff rather than my grades or work experience — it really makes you different and it really showed my creative side.”

In another offering the 20-year-old vlawgger reveals how he juggled studying for exams while completing a White & Case vac scheme. Describing it as the “hardest year of [his] life” to his 1,300 subscribers, Obeid shared the specifics of his daily routine. He would return home from the day’s work at 8pm and then study until midnight. He would then rise at 6am the following morning to return to the firm.

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Anonymous

Sooo not the easy way then? Just the same way as everyone else.

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Trainee

So, essentially: 1) nail your A-levels, 2) go to one of the preferred universities where you can benefit from alumni network, 3) send out your application and wait for invitations for vac scheme.

I have nothing against this guy and there are a few moderately useful tips, but the fact that he went to a state school does not make him disadvantaged since it became largely irrelevant the moment he accepted his LSE offer.

It would be more beneficial to hear from people from outside of the RG/Oxbridge who managed to get multiple vac schemes and then got their TCs at some of the biggest City outfits because they actually were severely disadvantage.

And I am writing this as someone who went to RG uni (but also so it happens I know a considerable number of non-RG graduates who defied the odds).

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Anonymous

But he went to LSE….he was guaranteed a TC regardless… he’s not saying anything we haven’t heard. He got into the interview room to talk about his ‘content’ but he got stellar A-Level results and studying at a TOP uni… nothing about his advice is revolutionary.

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Anonymous

How to compete in the London legal market:

Step 1) Tick a box on some HR manager’s form – most big firms work on a points based system and have people who can barely read in their HR teams comparing applications to checklists, usually allocating no more than 5 minutes per form.

Step 2) Be smart, as the tick box only gets you to interview – this includes being socially aware and exercising common sense (don’t talk about how much you think it would be a personal moral victory to sue the big banks for the 2008 financial crisis if you’re interviewing in the MC).

Step 3) Don’t be awkward and pass the interviewing partner’s taxi test – it’s good to be smart but if a lawyer thinks they can’t put you in front of a client, or think that spending 8+ hours with you in a shared office is going to be like pulling teeth, you won’t get anywhere.

See? The (not so) easy way.

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JDP

DM me for a very easy way to get a vacs scheme.

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Anonymous

Never did a vac scheme. Never did a mini-pupillage. CV did not need it.

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Ja

His tips are okay, the video could be longer too if I’m honest as he briefly explains some points. Also I had an issue with him bringing up his “state school” background, but someone else had this issue and he clarified it in his comment section. He said that he went to a Comprehensive State School in a deprived area. But meh, LSE undergrad

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