James Gray

Trainee

  • Degree: Law, University of York
  • Joined: Oct 2017
  • Practice Area: Financial Institutions
  • Office: London
  • Highlight so far at Hogan Lovells: Getting to go to the Ukraine!

James Gray's journey

I’d researched Hogan Lovells and decided being a campus ambassador would be a great way to get my foot in the door and start building a relationship. At my interview I was upfront about what I wanted to get out of it. I saw it as a chance to impress, to get to know the firm and see if it was a good fit, and to boost my chances of landing a training contract.

The role was really varied. I got involved in everything from frequent training and networking events to promoting the firm around campus, helping run competitions and setting up workshops for students who needed help with applications. 

And I learned a lot: what the firm looks for in its trainees; how the recruitment process works; and how to distinguish one law firm from another. Plus, by the time it came around to my vacation scheme, I already knew the graduate recruitment team. That relieved some of my nerves so I could focus on just doing a good job.