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Thinking of changing careers?

If you’re thinking of leaving your current job and making a career change to law, you’re in the right place. Many law firms are increasingly welcoming mature candidates and this week’s newsletter is packed with information and advice for career changers, including on the highly competitive recruitment processes at law firms and barristers’ chambers, as well as the specific issues that many mature applicants sometimes face. Elsewhere, there is lots of News to catch up on, including the government’s latest U-turn on legal aid, this year’s Law Society Diversity Access Scheme funding and the City firms gearing up to advise on Brexit. Meanwhile, the Burning Question explores the vital efforts to stop modern slavery in corporate supply chains.

PS Don’t neglect the ‘soft skills that will often help you win a job and subsequently enable you thrive within a legal environment – Talaspect are offering a course on just this later this month – see what they say and find out more here.  


Meet the Lawyer

Katie McGarry - Travers Smith LLP

Katie McGarry of Travers Smith gets the requisite buzz from corporate deals – a good sign that she’s in the right line of work. Learn more from her about the benefits of working with people you like in a supportive and non-hierarchical firm.
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Travers Smith LLP

Brochure Focus

Allen & Overy LLP

A&O promises that "tomorrow will not be like today" - especially true if you're a trainee at this precedent-setting firm. Read on to see if all your tomorrows start here.
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Burning Question

The Modern Slavery Act: transparency in UK supply chains

Does the recently enacted Modern Slavery Act go far enough in assisting migrant domestic workers in Britain?

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The Modern Slavery Act: transparency in UK supply chains

Meet the Recruiter

Joanna Clark - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Joanna Clark shares her application advice and discusses the recruitment and marketing challenges that face a medium-sized commercial firm. Read on to find out more about life at Winckworth Sherwood, including its more niche practice areas.
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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Best in Law

Nabarro LLP

The recruitment process was accessible, supportive, friendly and fun. Not only have I found the perfect platform to go into practice, but I have started work with the new friends that I made when applying.
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LC.N Awards Winner 2015



Making a career change into law

Although in a minority, the legal profession boasts many examples of lawyers who changed careers at a later date, having started out in a different vocation. Meanwhile, some law firms are increasingly welcoming applications from mature candidates. If you’re thinking about making a career change into law, read on for some information and advice.
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The Oracle

The Oracle

Thinking of changing careers into law

I've heard that recruitment at the big firms is geared towards younger candidates and that smaller firms won't be able to afford to take me either – is there any hope that I can achieve my ambition?
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LC.N Blogs

Time at Reed Smith: the vacation scheme

Time at Reed Smith: the vacation scheme

Jonathan Andrews
After two great weeks at Taylor Wessing, I enjoyed a relaxing weekend before getting ready for another two weeks in the City for my final vacation scheme at Reed Smith, strangely enough the earliest firm which had interviewed me and made an offer out of those with which I completed summer vacation schemes.
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LC.N Says

Isla Grant - Embracing change: moving into law via another career

Embracing change: moving into law via another career

Isla Grant
One of the most common questions we are asked relates to the situation where an individual is keen to pursue the solicitor/barrister dream, despite an entirely different incarnation in a non-legal career.
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Take 5

All change, please

These five firms have all stated that they welcome applications from career changers.

Farrer & Co LLP

Latham & Watkins

Eversheds LLP

Thomas Eggar

Hogan Lovells

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Leigh Day - Training contracts

Leigh Day, a specialist human rights firm which fights for access to justice for all, has opened applications for training contracts commencing in September 2017 at both its London and Manchester offices. Apply by Monday 29 February 2016.
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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Latest news

Law Society Diversity Access Scheme begins accepting applications

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Law and business: commercial news round-up 05.02.16

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Gove abandons legal aid contract bidding process and suspends fee cut for solicitors

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BSB diversity report reveals women and BME barristers still under-represented at the Bar

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City firms prepare to advise clients on the implications of ‘Brexit’

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London / Wednesday 24 February 2016

TalaSpect Talent Development - workshop in preparation for legal practice

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