What does ‘first generation’ mean?
You count as first generation to go to university, even if the following have gone to university:
- Brothers or Sisters
- Biological parents of applicants who have been adopted
- A parent with whom you have had no contact during your secondary and post-16 education (or longer)
- Uncles, aunts and other members of your extended family
You do not count as first generation if the following have gone to university or are currently doing so:
What does 'going to university' mean?
'Going to university' means studying for a higher education qualification equivalent to at least one year full-time. This is normally equivalent to at least 120 points at higher education level and can be a certificate, diploma, degree or above.
Who is a 'care leaver'?
The definition of a care leaver (Care Leavers Association) is “Any adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family. The care could have been provided directly by the state (mainly through local authority social services departments) or by the voluntary or private sector (e.g. Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society and many others). It can range from as little as a few months to as long as one’s whole childhood (18 years).
I am a final year student - may I still apply to SEO-London?
Yes. The SEO programme is now open to students in ALL years of study. If you are a final year student or recent graduate, you can apply for graduate roles and training contracts. If you are a penultimate year student or a final year student intending on pursuing a Masters programme for 2015-16, you can apply for the summer internship programmes. Please note that if you are a final year student applying for internships, you will need to confirm which master’s programme you are considering when you apply. If you are offered a place on the programme, you will need to provide confirmation of your applications for master’s programmes. Before your internship begins you may need to provide us with a copy of your acceptance letter.
What year of study should I be in to apply for vacation placements? Is the programme open to non-law students?
Students completing a summer 2015 vacation scheme should be on track to complete their academic and legal qualifications by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year in order to start full time with partner law firms in the summer of 2016 or spring 2017. This means:
• Law students can apply in either their penultimate or final year of undergraduate study (before going on to complete their LPC);
• Non law students should generally be in their final year of undergraduate study (before going on to complete their GDL and LPC); and
• Students currently at Law School should be on track to complete their LPC in the 2015-2016 academic year.
Please note we will also accept applications from penultimate year non law students and students completing their LPC before 2015-2016 but for such students we cannot guarantee placement at all partner firms and decisions will be made on a discretionary basis.
Does it matter that I have already done internships/vacation schemes with other non-sponsor firms?
I did not achieve BBB equivalent at A-level and/or am not on track for a 1st/2.1 at university. Can I still apply to SEO London?
Applicants who do not achieve a minimum of BBB at A-level or who are not on track for a minimum of a 2.1 at university will generally not be considered for the investment banking and consulting programmes unless there are mitigating circumstances (e.g. medical issues, for which the applicant would have to provide official documentation). If you have mitigating circumstances, you can indicate these on the application form.
I am an international student who is not studying in the UK at present - can I apply?
To be eligible to apply you must have studied within the UK or EU for at least one year and must also be available in person for interviews (held in October through to February). All international applicants should be intending to start their careers in London after graduation and remain for at least three years.
I am an international student studying in the UK but need a work permit to work in the UK – can I apply?
Yes you can still apply. Many of our sponsor firms sponsor work permits for successful candidates.
I have made a past application to SEO in previous years. Can I still apply for this year’s class?
Yes, you are eligible to apply again but you must meet our eligibility criteria and resubmit your application with your updated information. You only need to log in to your online dashboard using your existing login details, update your profile (such as CV, industry preferences, etc.) and resubmit your application. You do not need to create a new online account.
I was recommended by SEO last year. Can I still apply for this year’s class?
Yes. If you were previously recommended by SEO to our sponsor firms, SEO will be able to fast track you through some stages, meaning in most cases you will not need to go through any online tests/phone interviews that you may have completed with us last cycle. We do however need you to resubmit an application.
I have made an application to SEO London; am I also eligible to apply to SEO USA?
Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Please see www.seo-usa.org.
I have made an application to SEO USA, am I also eligible to apply to SEO London?
Yes, as long as you meet our eligibility criteria. You must have studied or be planning to study in the UK for at least one year and you must also be available in person for interviews (held in October through to February). You should also be aware of our deadlines and make sure these dates complement your own schedule if you will be studying outside the UK.