LawCareers.Net (LCN) is a comprehensive, one-stop online resource created for future lawyers and those who recruit them. The site contains a number of key elements: extensive editorial content on becoming and working as a lawyer; comprehensive directories of employers and legal educators; continually updated news and features; and practical tools designed to help users manage their research and maximise their chances of breaking into the profession. As such, the site is the market-leading product in a highly competitive environment.
Some of the site’s other key features include:
- Search engine – Details of around 1,000 firms, 200 chambers and 100 course providers are searchable under key criteria.
- Exhaustive editorial – Topics range from your first steps in the law to career paths and life as a solicitor or barrister.
- News – Key stories from the legal press and elsewhere, with a particular emphasis on training issues.
- Features – Our features are designed to improve your knowledge of the recruitment process and the legal profession. Some are produced in-house, while others are written by experts from firms, chambers, universities and others from within the legal community.
- Burning Question – Weekly Q&A written by a leading firm designed to get you thinking about the commercial issues that the modern lawyer must contend with.
- Meet the Recruiter – Get a sense of the men and women who have the ability to welcome you to the profession with open arms or close the door in your face.
- Meet the Lawyer – Profiles of over 40 current and former trainees at different firms to give you a taste of how things could be if you were in their position.
- Deadline calendar – We offer an extensive list of application deadlines for training contracts and work placement schemes – a vital tool in helping to avoid the last-minute application submission scramble.
- The Oracle – In a ‘problem page’ format, the Oracle will help you solve all those tricky problems relating to the recruitment and training process.
- Featured lawyer - Hear from a different lawyer every time you visit the LCN homepage – these bite-sized accounts, accompanied by photos, provide a snapshot of what it’s like to be a solicitor.
- Blogs – Each academic year, we recruit several intrepid blawggers to report on the nature of life on the legal career frontline.
- Take 5 – A fun weekly feature that links five firms through a common theme, designed to spark your interest in firms and practice areas that you may not have yet come across.
- LCN Says – Regular blog updates and analysis from members of the LC.N team on the issues facing aspiring legal eagles and the wider profession.
There are also brochures, law fair information and much, much more.
MyLCN is a customisable area within which you can store information from both LCN and elsewhere. You can save your favourite firms, make notes and keep track of your application progress in MyFirms, create your own information library of LCN pages and external links that interest you in MyPages, and store events and deadlines in MyCalendar. Genius!
In 2010, in conjunction with online application system Apply4Law, MyLocker was introduced as a central hub where you can store key information about yourself in order to transfer it into the application forms of participating firms. The idea is to allow you to focus on the information which is specific to firms, such as long answer questions, rather than spending time repeatedly entering core biographical information.
Most recently, MySelf was born. Candidates commonly do not realise that researching themselves is as, or more important, than building up dossiers on firms. Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses is essential. Making applications without this information to hand is foolhardy. MySelf in MyLCN is designed as a practical tool to analyse and record this information and keep track of your general progress towards identifying, acquiring and demonstrating the attributes you need to succeed.
Using LCN is both simple and essential. With more than 60% of training contract applicants each year using it - making it the most popular resource in the market - can you afford not to?