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24/05/2016

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.

17/05/2016

Inside the world of the in-house lawyer

Does the idea of interesting and varied work, an excellent salary and a pleasing work/life balance appeal? Well, becoming an in-house lawyer could be your perfect vocation. We talk here to those in the know, including a trainee, several qualified lawyers and the head of an in-house legal department about what it means to work at the very heart of your client. 

10/05/2016

Feminist lawyers: the fight for gender equality in the legal profession

Although junior lawyers are split roughly equally between male and female, the senior positions at law firms, barristers’ chambers and in the judiciary are still overwhelmingly dominated by one demographic – white, upper-class men, predominantly public school and Oxbridge educated. This article looks at the ongoing fight to achieve gender equality in the legal profession and weighs up the debate surrounding the introduction of quotas for women to speed up gender parity. 

03/05/2016

Getting the most out of a vacation scheme

Clyde & Co’s Caroline Walsh knows better than most how to maximise your chances on a vacation scheme, having run dozens over the years in her role as graduate recruiter extraordinaire. She offers her 10 top tips - advice you would be foolish to ignore!

26/04/2016

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.

19/04/2016

Paralegal work: an uncertain stepping stone to a career in law

Paralegal work is increasingly becoming the norm for many graduates as the step before securing a training contract. It is even possible to qualify as a solicitor while working as a paralegal instead of completing a formal training contract. However, this stepping stone also has its downsides…

12/04/2016

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…

05/04/2016

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.

22/03/2016

How to choose a practice area

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.

18/03/2016

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 so far faced widespread criticism.