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The state of legal aid

Years of massive government-imposed budget cuts to both criminal and civil legal aid, combined with new sets of unrealistic criteria for provision and huge increases to court and tribunal fees, have meant that the vast majority of people who need legal aid – including victims of domestic violence and people with mental health problems – now cannot access it. This week’s LCN Says looks at the effects of the legal aid cuts on lawyers and the public, and examines what opportunities are still out there for aspiring legal aid lawyers. Elsewhere, there is a Feature on the most important skills you need to possess to pass muster with recruiters and the Oracle explains why a science background is no hindrance to a legal career. Plus there’s News on stressed junior lawyers, evening court hearings and increased apprenticeship opportunities.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Meet the Lawyer

Rachael Russell - Browne Jacobson LLP

Rachael Russell may be newly qualified, but she has years of useful experience to share of the inner workings of Browne Jacobson; having been both a paralegal and trainee there, she explains why it’s a great place to train and grow as a junior lawyer.

Brochure Focus

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

What if Kirkland & Ellis is your future employer? Read on to learn more about trainee life at this dynamic, international firm.

Taylor Wessing

Meet the Recruiter

Sarah Harte - Taylor Wessing

Sarah Harte is Taylor Wessing’s graduate recruitment officer – this way for advice on applying for a training contract at this full-service commercial firm that is also famed for its swanky roof-terrace socials.

LCN Awards Winner 2016

Best in Law

Baker McKenzie

The size of the intake compared to the international nature of the work and firm is attractive – prospective trainees like that they can join a major firm, but be part of a relatively small and intimate cohort.

Interested in a paid internship correcting miscarriages of justice?

LCN Blogs

Interested in a paid internship correcting miscarriages of justice?

Charlotte Hughes

Applications are now open for the Kalisher Scholarship Internship at the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

Josh Richman - Legal aid: equality before the law no longer exists in the UK in 2017 and you should be angry about it

LCN Says

Legal aid: equality before the law no longer exists in the UK in 2017 and you should be angry about it

Josh Richman

In 2017 it seems that the ability to defend or assert your rights is often only available to the wealthy; Britain's most senior judge, Lord Thomas of Cwymgiedd, said that "our justice system has become unaffordable to most". What is the state of legal aid and do opportunities still exist for a career in this rewarding field?

Budget 2017: 10 key areas any good lawyer must know about

Burning Question

Budget 2017: 10 key areas any good lawyer must know about

Has the 2017 Budget actually made any big changes?



How to demonstrate the key skills every recruiter wants to see in training contract applications

There are a handful of core competencies that the majority of firms/chambers want to see in their recruits. Here we explain how to identify if you've got them and, if so, how to provide evidence of their existence. Read on for a review of the attributes you'll need to succeed.

The Oracle

The Oracle

Coming to law from a science background

Does my background put me at a disadvantage or could my uniqueness be a benefit?

Take 5

The language of law

The names of these five firms all alliterate amazingly – thanks for Danielle Spencer at Shoosmiths for this one!



Capsticks Solicitors LLP - Litigation paralegal

Capsticks is searching for a paralegal to assist in their litigation (social housing/leasehold management) department - apply by Friday!

If this vacancy no longer appears on LawCareers.Net then it has been filled, but keep checking the Jobs section for all the latest vacancies.

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