Commercial Law Handbook

The Commercial Law Handbook offers a solid grounding in the legal, commercial and financial knowledge required for commercial law interviews and internships, including explanations of the key terminology and jargon. This includes detailed advice and insights covering:

  • Commercial awareness and case study interviews, assessment centres more generally, and how to gain insights into the legal profession.
  • What "commercial awareness" means, why it is relevant, how it might be assessed and how to build it.
  • How to structure your responses when discussing current affairs and tackling case study questions.
  • The role of commercial lawyers, trainee solicitors more specifically, and the main commercial law practice areas.
  • Core commercial law principles, including explanations of how contracts are formed, how contractual terms can be used to allocate risk and how security can operate to protect lenders and facilitate corporate borrowing.
  • Strategic challenges and commercial considerations relating to starting, running and growing a business.
  • Different methods of financing and selling businesses, including the benefits and drawbacks of loans, bonds and IPOs.
  • The M&A process, complete with an overview of the key parties that are typically involved and the various issues that can arise.
  • Basic economics concepts and financial accounting principles, plus an introduction to Microsoft Excel.
  • Key transactional documents and contractual clauses commonly used by commercial lawyers.
  • How to convert internships into full-time jobs.

"The Commercial Law Handbook is highly recommended for its concentrated presentation of what commercial lawyers do and how businesses address issues such as strategy, growth‎ and acquisition." - ‎Christopher Stoakes, Author, Commercial Awareness / Know The City

"This guide provides very comprehensive and well informed support to students looking to take the first steps towards building a career in the highly competitive field of Commercial Law." - Claire Leslie, Senior Careers Consultant, University of Warwick Law School

"The Commercial Law Handbook is a must for any aspiring commercial lawyer. Our members felt that the detailed yet concise guide was invaluable during the assessment period and we would certainly recommend it." - University of Bristol Law Club

"Brief yet comprehensive, simple and succinct; an essential read for any aspiring commercial lawyer." - Durham University Law Society

"This handbook has been a significant help to our members in developing their understanding of the commercial legal profession, whilst giving a strong insight into what interviewers (and supervisors during internships) expect." - Edinburgh Commercial Law Society

"As a final year student of a course other than Law, I found this product invaluable. Schogger manages to compile, in a concise and efficient way, a wealth of knowledge and advice and presents it in a way that isn't overbearing or difficult to digest." - Dylan Rose, Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham

"The Commercial Law Handbook directed me to the concepts I needed to know and then explained them fantastically so that I was equipped with an excellent understanding of how the City works. I would not have had numerous training contract offers without its help!" - Catherine Davis, Law & Sociology, University of Warwick

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