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Not secured a training contract yet, but considering the LPC?

This is a situation which many people find themselves in every year – and there is no right or wrong answer to fit everyone. For fairly obvious reasons, we always encourage candidates to apply for a training contract before enrolling on the Legal Practice Course, as having a guaranteed job lined up at the end of it mitigates the financial risks of this prohibitively expensive course. However, it is impossible for everyone to secure a training contract at this point, while many people go on to secure a training contract during their LPC. This week’s Oracle explores the conundrum in more detail. Meanwhile, the LCN Says looks into business development – this is a crucial aspect of working as a lawyer, so you should give it some attention even as you set your sights on the more immediate objective of qualifying.

PS We will be announcing the nominees for the 2017 LCN Training & Recruitment Awards this afternoon on Twitter: follow us to find out which firms are at the top of their game.

Addleshaw Goddard

Meet the Lawyer

Vicky Niecscier - Addleshaw Goddard

Inspired by some Shakespearean contract wrangling, Vicky Niescier has gone on to forge a career as a real estate partner at Addleshaw Goddard. Read on to learn about life at this prestigious firm and her top tips for would-be solicitors everywhere.

Brochure Focus

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Get the chance to go above and beyond at Herbert Smith Freehills, a truly international firm that offers exciting work with high-profile clients.


Meet the Recruiter

Katie Sands - DLA Piper UK LLP

Katie Sands is the UK graduate recruitment and development manager at DLA Piper. She is based at the London office and joined the firm in December 2016.

LCN Awards Winner 2016

Best in Law

Farrer & Co LLP

There’s lots of opportunity for client contact - certainly more than I'd expected - and senior staff are excellent at giving trainees opportunities to get involved in interesting and challenging work.

Is the legal profession overrated?

LCN Blogs

Is the legal profession overrated?

Mariya M

It is undeniable that a career in law comes with a certain amount of prestige. However, the high status attached to the legal profession may be in steady decline.

Isla Grant - The importance of business development

LCN Says

The importance of business development

Isla Grant

Business development is as much a part of modern lawyering as drafting contracts and coordinating conference calls. With ever more savvy clients demanding more legal service for their money, competition for work is on the rise. Having said that, BD requires an entirely different set of skills to fee-earning work and lots of practice.

The politics of housing – a shift toward renting

Burning Question

The politics of housing – a shift toward renting

If home ownership is not for everyone, how realistic a fix for the chronically undersupplied housing market is a new focus on delivering affordable rental homes – can the private rented sector really help the housing crisis?



Inside the LPC

The LPC is the next step for an aspiring solicitor after completion of a law degree or GDL. It is the vocational stage of training required to become a solicitor and as a result, is focused on providing you with the essential skills required to successfully practice as a lawyer.

The Oracle

The Oracle

LPC if no training contract lined up already?

Is it too much of a risk to take the LPC without having secured a training contract first?

Take 5

To the bat cave

Pow! Kazam! Whack! These five share their names with some of the world's most well-known comic book heroes:



Leigh Day - Paralegal

Leigh Day is seeking five paralegals to join its Manchester employment team on a fixed-term basis, with the roles to commence as soon as possible. Apply by Monday 6 March.

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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