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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.


The reforming regulator: what’s the SRA been up to recently?

The SRA is on a mission to reduce bureaucracy and streamline its processes, including in relation to education and training. As such, you need to know what this regulator has changed and what it has got planned. Read on for an explanation on the regulatory amends that could affect your path to qualified solicitor.


A how-to guide to researching law firms

Researching a law firm in some depth before making an application is absolutely essential – it is impossible to secure a training contract without doing so. Here is a guide to that much talked about, but rarely explained, concept and an explanation of why it's so important.


Acing that pupillage interview

Hurray - you’ve managed to impress with your pupillage application. But yikes - now you’re looking down the barrel of an interview. Take a few deep breaths and consider what you can do to help your chances. Here, an expert from The University of Law offers advice on how best to prepare for pupillage interviews…


Have law fairs given you a case of the freebie jeebies? The best and worst of 2016

With every autumn comes a new round of university law fairs, inevitably accompanied by a cornucopia of branded free stuff which law firms give away to students. LCN’s Bethany Wren sorts the triumphs from the tat in our review of 2016’s giveaways.


How to use your achievements and experiences to demonstrate skills when writing applications

Until you know what you have to offer employers, how can you convince them that they need you in their team? Although an impressive list of experience is vital, it's useless if you don't show employers the skills you have gained. That's where MySelf, LawCareers.Net's free self-analysis tool, can help…