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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Practising charity and social enterprise law

Working as a charity and social enterprise lawyer is varied and challenging, and many lawyers in this field go home after a day at the office feeling good about being a small part of the fantastic things that your clients are achieving. Sarah Payne of Bates Wells Braithwaite is one such lawyer – read on as she describes what it means to work in this rewarding sector.


The hard work of building soft skills

Social networking, communication, negotiation, conveying the right attitude - lawyers need all of these 'softer' skills to complement their hard-earned legal expertise and analytical intelligence. Like any other skill, these abilities can be improved by conscious effort.


Best of the legal web - practice areas

Understanding what goes on in different practice areas is an important part of deciding which legal career path to take. Amanda Millmore, non-practising barrister and founder of CPD provider Legal Training, offers a broad selection of some of the best online resources for lawyers (and would-be lawyers) of all persuasions.

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