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How to choose a practice area: a prospective solicitor’s guide to qualifying

There are many different kinds of career in the solicitors’ profession. Upon qualifying, solicitors tend to specialise in one area of law or ‘practice area’, which could be anything from intellectual property, to Islamic finance to family law. This article explores the process of choosing a practice area to specialise in and offers some advice on the various criteria to consider.


The point of moots: helping you on your way to a successful legal career

For many, mooting can be a bit like going to the dentist - you know it's good for you, but the idea of it is a bit scary and easily avoided. However, it really is one of the best things you can do to get a sense of what it's like to be a legal advocate, giving you the opportunity to get up on your feet and argue your case.


The BPTC: info and insight

A crucial step on the way to the Bar is the BPTC. Ian Fox, barrister and BPTC course leader at Nottingham Law School, explains what you can expect on the course that will transform you from theoretical student to practical would-be barrister.


Legal apprenticeships: the ‘earn while you learn’ route to qualifying as a solicitor or paralegal

A legal apprenticeship is a relatively new route to becoming a lawyer which combines a paid job at a law firm with academic study for formal qualifications, paid for by the government and your employer. It is an alternative to the long-established route of going to university and then applying for a training position at a law firm after you graduate.


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 Graduate Diploma in Law explained

The Graduate Diploma in Law: what is it, why study it and how is it different to a law degree? This feature presents all the information you need to know about the conversion course for non-law graduates.


The Solicitors Qualifying Examination: what we know so far

The Solicitors Regulation Authority wants to ensure that all solicitors’ skills and knowledge are of the same high standard, regardless of the route taken into the legal profession. It plans to do this by introducing a new Solicitors Qualifying Exam that all prospective solicitors will have to take in order to qualify, which will mean big changes to legal education and training if implemented. However, the proposals have faced widespread criticism.


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.


The four essential areas you need to address in order to secure a training contract

There are two truths about trying to become a lawyer that we defy anyone to contradict. First, you cannot start your research too early and second, ignoring the advice on how best to approach the task is asking for trouble.


Law firm partnership structures

The partnerships which run solicitors’ firms often take one of two broadly different forms, but there are many variations to both categories. The nature of a firm’s partnership is one of the important factors in determining its working culture, so it is wise to take this into consideration when making applications. Plus, the ability to demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of how your chosen firm operates certainly won’t harm your chances in an interview.