• Siobhan Ali

St Andrews Law Review x The Corporate Law Academy


The St Andrews Law Review is thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with The Corporate Law Academy (TCLA) this year! An invaluable resource for aspiring commercial lawyers, TCLA guides you through each and every step of the application process. Read on to find out more about what TCLA does and the exciting benefits they will be offers the Law Review’s followers.


What is TCLA and what does it offer?


Founded in 2018, TCLA is an educational platform that provides online training to support aspiring lawyers pursue their ambition. They do so by offering a range of services and resources: from partner-led courses on key legal concepts such as private equity to in-depth guides on practice areas such as project finance. In this way, TCLA aims to upskill the next generation of commercial lawyers.

TCLA is also a community for prospective solicitors to come together, discuss their experiences and develop both professionally and personally. With over 50,000 active monthly users, the TCLA forum is the best place to meet other aspiring lawyers, future trainees and trainees; support one another through the highs and lows of the legal journey; discuss law firm applications and gain access to a growing bank of accessible advice.


Excitingly, TCLA has recently published their Commercial Booklets! Featuring a foreword from a former partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, these 40+ paged booklets are designed to teach you about: Finance and Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, the Business of Law Firms and the Economy


What is TCLA Premium?


TCLA has invested hundreds of hours into developing a training platform to equip students with the skills and knowledge to break into the legal profession.

TCLA Premium is designed to transform good candidates into great candidates at every level of the application process by teaching applicants how to write the top 1 percent of applications and breaking down how to excel in various stages, from case studies to partner interviews. TCLA Premium also teaches you the fundamentals of the elusive concept of “commercial awareness”.


What does TCLA Premium include?


TCLA has recently revamped their Premium offers to offer subscribers the following range of benefits such as, but limited to:

  • Access to TCLA’s private premium forum and application database with over 300 successful applications to law firms

  • Brand new application guides with a step-by-step approach to coach candidates how to effectively answer law firm application questions

  • Mock vacation scheme tasks

  • Summaries of commercial topics candidates need to know for their firm interviews

  • Detailed profiles for over 30 commercial law firms to help candidates gain a deep understanding of City law firms and their cultures

  • Access to all of TCLA’s courses such as:

  • TCLA’s Mastering the City course: TCLA’s most advanced course which provides an in-depth breakdown of commercial topics that come up in interviews and assessment centres (including financial markets, the business of law firms, topical news stories and more). Offering a roadmap to City law firms, it is the best resource to develop your commercial awareness

  • Private Equity for Commercial Law: a course examining basic questions about private equity which may arise during interviews, case studies or written exercises

  • The Interviewees’ Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions: one of the most popular courses, it is designed to prepare students for all forms of M&A-related questions that may pop up in case studies, written exercises and scenario interviews. This course also includes several mock case studies, a comprehensive list of interview questions and a crucial document outlining key terminology

  • Becoming an Exceptional Candidate and From TCLA to TC both of which support you in converting your interviews (either for direct applications or during vacation schemes) into training contract offers

  • Law Firms as a Business: a crash course for students and future trainees to better understand the business model of law firms

  • Managing your Training Contract: brought to you by a team of trainee solicitors and associates at leading City law firms, this course is designed to help you better understand the role of trainee solicitors and teach you how to excel during your training contract.

What is TCLA offering St Andrews Law Review’s Followers?


TCLA will be offering St Andrews Law Review’s followers an exclusive 20 percent discount on all Premium packages! Just enter the code “SOCPARTNER12” at classes.thecorporatelawacademy.com to avail the discount.


We will also be running raffles on the Law Review’s Instagram page to offer 10 lucky followers the chance to win either a free Premium subscription or a copy of the Commercial Booklet.


How do I connect with TCLA?


As well as their website and forum, you can keep up to date with TCLA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.