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Trainee retention rates: as important as you think?

After a successful NationalLawLIVE conference last week, we’re looking forward to CityLawLIVE this Friday (9 December). The day focuses on all aspects of a career with a City law firm, from the recruitment process to trends in particular practice areas. Once again, we’ll be posting about the event on Twitter and streaming panel sessions on Facebook Live, so if you’re not there in person, you can still benefit from the advice on offer. And in our penultimate newsletter of 2016, the LCN Says explains why firms’ retention rates are not as all-important as they are often made out to be; the Feature examines how to use and present your experiences and achievements when writing applications; and the Oracle advises one reader worried that a previous conviction will stop them from becoming a lawyer.


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Louisa Mottaz - DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper was the perfect fit for Louisa Mottaz because the firm is a great environment in which to build an internationally focused commercial practice. If that sounds like an interesting prospect to you, read on.

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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Focus in on everything that Trowers & Hamlins has to offer, learning more about the trainees at this dynamic firm, including where they’ve come from and where they’re going.

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Meet the Recruiter

Emma Clements - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Emma Clements shares advice on the firm’s vacation scheme, what it looks for in prospective trainees and how to make a stellar application.

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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.

Keep track of your legal work experiences – you may need them later!

LCN Blogs

Keep track of your legal work experiences – you may need them later!

Calum Stewart

If you’re pursuing a career in the legal profession, you will have no doubt undertaken – or at least plan to undertake – vast amounts of legal work experience.

Matt Broadbent - Are retention rates as important as they are made out to be?

LCN Says

Are retention rates as important as they are made out to be?

Matt Broadbent

If you read any legal press targeted toward future lawyers at this time of year, you can be confident that you will be assailed by plenty of stories that centre on retention rates.

Still just a bit of banter? The TUC report on sexual harassment

Burning Question

Still just a bit of banter? The TUC report on sexual harassment

With sexual harassment still prevalent in many workplaces, what can employers do to prevent this behaviour?



How to use your achievements and experiences to demonstrate skills when writing applications

Until you know what you have to offer employers, how can you convince them that they need you in their team? Although an impressive list of experience is vital, it's useless if you don't show employers the skills you have gained. That's where MySelf, LawCareers.Net's free self-analysis tool, can help…

The Oracle

The Oracle

Applying with a drink driving conviction

I am a second-year law student currently serving a two-year driving disqualification for drunk-driving. Could this conviction prevent me from becoming a corporate lawyer?

Take 5

Civil rights stars

These five firms are all loose namesakes of people to whom we all owe gratitude for advancing the cause of civil rights:



Howman & Co Solicitors - Paralegal

Howman & Co Solicitors seeks to recruit a paralegal. The successful candidate will join the firm’s commercial litigation team, but will also work with other departments when required. A training contract may also become available in the long term.

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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