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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.


The best things in life are free: law fair freebies that delighted and disappointed in 2014

Another law fair season has come and gone, and another cohort of law students grasped their way to endless supplies of sticky tabs and sugar-laden treats courtesy of law firm giveaways. Not one to miss out, the LC.N team joined to deliver our verdict on the tech-tastic gizmos and the best of the rest.


Legal aid: the consequences of LASPO and the implications of the latest proposed cuts

Sweeping rule changes and government funding cuts have plunged the legal aid sector into a state of tumultuous upheaval in recent years and, even following a High Court ruling that some of the changes are unlawful, the situation shows no signs of abating. We spoke to professionals on the front line to find out more.


Financing your studies: advice for funding the LLB, GDL, LPC and BPTC

Money makes the world go round, they say, and it will certainly be a major consideration as you proceed through the halls of academia, be that at undergrad or postgrad level. Read on for a description of some of the loan and scholarship schemes that are available to you as a would-be lawyer.


Insight into: client secondments

Client secondments provide trainees with a valuable opportunity to spend time working closely with a client in its in-house legal team; taking on greater responsibility, developing an understanding of the client’s business and building strong client relationships that will have long-term benefits well after the trainee has qualified. 


A year in the law

There's something about this time of year (the change of season perhaps) that prompts reflection over the previous 12 months. Courtesy of just published Best in Law, we offer you a synopsis of some of the biggest and most interesting legal toing and froing that 2013-14 had to offer.


Pro bono and law students: what's in it for me?

Nottingham Law School pro bono director Nick Johnson outlines the benefits of pro bono and explains why those on the receiving end of free legal advice are not the only ones who stand to gain.


Don’t have a law degree, but want to get into law?

Not having a law degree is no barrier to becoming a lawyer – in fact, the modern legal profession is full of non-law graduates, and the skills and experiences gained studying and working in other fields can be used to your advantage.


The commercial year 2013-14

Having an amazing ability to analyse pure theoretical law is all well and good, but you also need to appreciate the commercial context within which your clients are operating. Courtesy of just published Best in Law, this feature looks at some of the key themes in the commercial world in 2013-14 and gives you some pointers on how they are relevant to lawyers.


Law fairs: network with solicitors and barristers, and learn about training contracts and pupillages

Law fairs may be an opportunity for firms and chambers to show you their wares, but they also give you the chance to practise some self-promotion and impress potential employers. Only the supremely confident (or foolish) would miss out - read on to discover how to get the most from the law fair season.


Is the City right for you?

There's never been a more interesting time to join the big business world of City law. Don't for one minute imagine that you need a certain type of background. City recruiters know it's all about how far a person can go in the future, not where they've already come from.

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