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Alternative options for legal work experience

Applying for vacation scheme and mini-pupillage places is usually vital if you want to be a solicitor or barrister, but the competition is such that many candidates inevitably lose out every application round. However, other forms of legal and non-legal work experience are also highly valuable, so there are many other ways to boost your CV if you missed out on a work placement. This week’s Oracle suggests alternative forms of legal work experience to pursue – which could also go a long way to making your next vacation scheme application successful. Elsewhere, the Burning Question examines the conflict between convenience and privacy raised by AI assistants, while there is also News on the first sponsored legal aid trainees to qualify as solicitors. 

PS Baker McKenzie partner Nick O’Donnell gives his predictions on the potential impact of Brexit on City law firms in our latest video – watch it here.

Clyde & Co LLP

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Andrew-Dane Fairclough - Clyde & Co LLP

If it’s exciting international work you’re after, Andrew’s career at Clyde & Co is the stuff of dreams – Iraqi pipeline overrun by Isis, travel to Rio and Sydney, and more. Learn about his career path and his advice on how to succeed.

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Allen & Overy LLP

A&O is open for business; come on in to learn more about this international, precedent-setting firm and all it has to offer.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Meet the Recruiter

Emma Ridley - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

A qualified solicitor herself, Emma Ridley’s careers advice and application tips stem from first-hand experience of both sides of the process. Read on for her salient advice and to learn more about top US-headquartered firm, Kirkland & Ellis.

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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.

Thinking of returning to legal study after a period of working?

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Thinking of returning to legal study after a period of working?

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Didn’t secure a coveted training contract before you graduated, or thinking about changing career?

Josh Richman - Five steps for training contract success this coming spring

LCN Says

Five steps for training contract success this coming spring

Josh Richman

Spring will soon be in the UK air (where it will hopefully prove preferable to the current main ingredients of smog and racism) and for students and graduates alike, it’s time for attention to be turned toward the next phase of the legal recruitment cycle. Here are five key pointers for the next couple of months.

“Alexa, let’s talk about privacy”

Burning Question

“Alexa, let’s talk about privacy”

To what extent does Amazon’s Alexa, and interfaces like it, present a breakthrough opportunity for computer-driven assistances and home automation, and to what extent should any enthusiasm be tempered by privacy concerns?



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The Oracle

The Oracle

No vacation scheme: alternative work experience

I applied for places on a few summer vacation schemes, but was unfortunately unsuccessful. What kinds of alternative work experiences can I pursue to boost my CV and future applications?

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Gavin Edmondson Solicitors Ltd - Paralegal

Gavin Edmondson Solicitors Ltd seeks a paralegal to join the firm on a full-time, permanent basis. Apply by Saturday 13 May.

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