Solid legal knowledge and a keen desire to join a growing project. These are some of the main traits that new talents who aspire to join Pérez-Llorca should have, according to Eva Delgado, the firm’s Human Resources Director. She points out that, in recent years, there has been a change in the profile of the candidates, who are looking for more flexible work models, which allow them to combine their profession with their personal time.
What kind of candidates are Pérez-Llorca looking for, and what is the selection process they have to go through?
The talent we are looking for has to have a very high level of English, solid legal knowledge and the desire to join a growing project in which they will take part right from the get-go. The junior lawyers join our office from the Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession. After this period, they start with a programme of rotations in different areas as set out in the Pérez-Llorca training plan, before establishing themselves in a permanent team. To be part of this group of students who will later become junior lawyers, they have to go through a process that begins with a general written test of their legal knowledge and linguistic ability. If successful, candidates are interviewed by Human Resources and the firm’s lawyers. If they pass this phase successfully, they move on to an interview with partners in their practice area of interest. For roles that require experience, a specific legal test is conducted in which, in addition to an interview with Human Resources, lawyers from the relevant practice area and their partners are included.
Is a CV the first step in the process? What are the most important aspects for a firm?
Without a doubt, the level of English that the candidate possesses and whether he or she has taken full advantage of their university experience, combining it with other activities that allow them to have a globalised outlook, not only of the law, but also of society and culture. For example, whether or not they have spent time in curricular and extracurricular internships, or if they have participated in complementary activities such as the moot or if they have done volunteer work, amongst other things.
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