How to prepare for assessment centres

Assessment centres are an integral part of the application process for training contracts. They are pretty much the final stage of it and, as one can imagine, the most difficult one. Thus, you need to prepare in advance in order to have a shot at standing out among other candidates. Here are some tips to succeed:

  1. Understand the format: Familiarize yourself with the structure and components of the assessment center. This typically includes various exercises such as interviews, case studies, group discussions, presentations, and written exercises.

  2. Research the firm: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the law firm’s culture, values, practice areas, recent cases, and clients. This will demonstrate your genuine interest in the firm and its work during interviews and discussions.

  3. Brush up on legal knowledge: Review key legal concepts, principles, and recent developments relevant to the firm’s practice areas. Stay updated on current affairs, legal news, and industry trends.

  4. Practice interview skills: Prepare responses to common interview questions, including questions about your motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and experiences. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to structure your answers effectively.

  5. Enhance commercial awareness: Develop a strong understanding of the commercial aspects of the legal profession, including the business challenges faced by clients and how legal services contribute to addressing them.

  6. Practice case studies: Familiarize yourself with legal case studies and hypothetical scenarios relevant to the firm’s practice areas. Practice analyzing complex legal issues, identifying key issues, and proposing solutions.

  7. Improve communication skills: Hone your verbal and written communication skills, as well as your ability to articulate your thoughts clearly and persuasively. Practice giving presentations and participating in group discussions.

  8. Prepare for group exercises: Practice working collaboratively with others in group exercises, focusing on effective communication, active listening, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

  9. Manage time effectively: Develop strategies for managing your time during the assessment center, ensuring that you allocate sufficient time to each exercise and complete tasks within deadlines.

  10. Seek feedback and learn from experience: If possible, seek feedback from mentors, peers, or professionals who have experience with assessment centers. Reflect on your performance, identify areas for improvement, and incorporate feedback into your preparation strategy.


Wow, thank you so much for sharing these tips! It’s reassuring to have a structured approach to preparing for it.


This is so useful! I wish i knew all this before assessment centres that i went to in the first term :sweat_smile:

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Thanks for the tips! Assessment centres can definitely be nerve-wracking, so having a game plan is key. Researching the firm and practicing interview skills are definitely on my to-do list.