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We regularly publish Features designed to increase your knowledge of the recruitment process or of the legal profession as a whole. Some are produced in-house, while others are written by experts from firms, chambers, universities and other organisations within the legal community. Topics range from application and interview tips to best law fair freebies. Don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLC.N.

14/04/2015

Regional law firms v City firms

Many trainee lawyers and solicitors looking to join their first law firm may face the difficult question of whether to start their careers at a regional firm or at one of the more prominent City firms. Sara Duxbury, head of people at Fletchers Solicitors, explains why some regional law firms may actually have more to offer new recruits than the larger firms. 

07/04/2015

A rare opportunity

Diversity is never off the legal sector's agenda, yet the profession remains determinedly white, especially at senior levels. Graduate recruitment experts Rare aim to connect exceptional people from diverse backgrounds with top jobs at leading organisations. Rare director, Lianne Moseley-Mould, offers insight into how the profession's doing.

31/03/2015

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.

24/03/2015

Part-time routes to law: postgraduate courses and combined study training contracts

There are many reasons why full-time study followed by training might not be right for you, two of the most common being finances and family/caring commitments. Don’t worry though; there are part-time opportunities throughout the academic and training process.

17/03/2015

Applying yourself to the Pupillage Gateway

All chambers must advertise their pupillage vacancies through the Pupillage Gateway. Read on as Leeds-based barrister Simon Myerson offers sage advice on filling in pupillage applications.

10/03/2015

Legal apprenticeships: an alternative route to a legal career

For many, rises in university tuition fees have created a financial barrier to law, but legal apprenticeships can make legal careers more accessible to those with motivation and talent, as well as diversify legal training to match changes being introduced to the profession by alternative business structures.

03/03/2015

A how-to guide to researching firms

Law firm research may not be the most thrilling of topics (or activities), but it's impossible to net a training contract without it. Here we give you a handy guide to that much talked about but rarely explained concept and reveal just why it's so important.

24/02/2015

An alternative legal future? ABSolutely!

Never in the history of legal acronyms have three letters caused such a stir. We're talking, of course, about alternative business structures (ABS). And with three years having passed since the first ABS licences were issued, it's time for an update on all things 'Tesco law' and what it now means for aspiring legal professionals.

17/02/2015

Be part of the Inn crowd: joining an Inn of Court

You've got to be in it to win it - true of the National Lottery and true of a career at the Bar. As Inner Temple's Outreach Manager Struan Campbell kindly explains, thanks to the myriad of networking, scholarship and training opportunities on offer, there's much more to gain from joining an Inn than a few posh dinners.

10/02/2015

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. If you’re thinking about making a career change into law, read on for some information and advice.


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