Commercial awareness and case studies bootcamp (premium content, 3+ hours)


Saturday, November 19, 2022


10:00 AM Europe/London

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This bootcamp aims to equip you with the key commercial knowledge and insights needed to ace City law commercial awareness and case study interviews. It will also help you to structure your preparation moving forwards.


  • 1 month Commercial Law Academy membership (RRP £9.99).
  • 1 month Watson's Daily membership (RRP £4.99)
  • 4 downloadable e-guides covering boosting your employability, commercial awareness, what trainees do, and succeeding during internships (with articles from Jake Schogger, Joe Mallet, Harry Clark, Simran Mann, Gordon Chung, Hannah Salton, Ali Obeid, and Akil Hunte).
  • 25% off discount code for City Career Series handbooks.
  • Access to a 3-4 hour intensive commercial awareness bootcamp, with a long interactive Q&A.


  • 10:00 - 10:45: Key business, legal and finance concepts
  • 10:55 - 11.40: Example commercial awareness case study
  • 11.50 - 12.05: Current affairs masterclass
  • 12:15 - 13.00(ish): Interactive Q&A


  • What is “commercial awareness”?
  • How does it come up in interviews?
  • How to effectively build your commercial awareness
  • Why acquire another business?
  • How to acquire another business
  • Exporting, franchising and licensing
  • Valuing a business
  • Financing an acquisition
  • Analysing profitability
  • A law firm’s role in an M&A context
  • Parties involved in transactions
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Corporate, Finance/Banking, Real Estate, Tax, Intellectual Property, Competition, Employment, Pensions & Benefits, Dispute Resolution
  • SPAs and shareholders’ agreements
  • Warranties, indemnities, undertakings and conditions precedent
  • Why the current affairs aspect of commercial awareness is so important
  • Where to read about current affairs
  • How to choose which news stories to focus on
  • What you should take into account when reading the news
  • How to structure discussions around current affairs
  • Worked examples based on topical news stories 
  • Live and interactive Q&A

Commercial Law Academy

www.CommercialLaw.Academy is a comprehensive e-learning platform for aspiring commercial lawyers, complete with hundreds of practical videos and articles, interactive quizzes, downloadable e-guides and exclusive guidance from industry experts and qualified lawyers.

We offer courses covering: writing successful applications, researching law firms, psychometric tests, networking/LinkedIn, preparing for assessment centres, practical commercial awareness, example case studies, current affairs, the business of law firms, negotiation, writing professionally, presenting and managing nerves, running a business, resilience and more.

Membership gives you instant access to:
- 20 in-depth courses covering every aspect of the recruitment process.
- Dozens of detailed, consistently-structured firm profiles for Magic Circle, Silver Circle, US and regional firms, covering a broad range of key differentiators.
- 35+ comprehensive assessment centre insights for City firms.
- Dozens of recent (verified) successful applications.

Example commercial and legal interview case studies, based on real City law firm interviews.
Monthly subscriber-only webinars.


Jake Schogger

Jake Schogger is a qualified lawyer, best-selling author, career coach, entrepreneur, copywriter and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of City Career Series, a publishing company that has sold ~50,000 handbooks designed to help students secure City careers, including the best-selling Training Contract Handbook and critically acclaimed Commercial Law Handbook.

He also founded the Commercial Law Academy, a comprehensive e-learning platform for aspiring commercial lawyers, complete with hundreds of videos, articles, interactive quizzes, flow charts and downloadable e-guides.

He trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and now acts as a legal adviser to start-ups and scale-ups, whilst also working as a career coach and delivering career-related presentations at universities across the UK. He also works with technology start-ups and runs a variety of his own businesses, including a creative/commercial consultancy.

For more information, visit www.commerciallaw.academy, join Jake’s commercial law applicants LinkedIn group (www.linkedin.com/groups/8944518) and connect with Jake on www.linkedin.com/in/jakeschogger/in/jakeschogger.