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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.

15/03/2016

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 the increasing liberalisation of legal services, most clearly evidenced by the ongoing rise of alternative business structures.

08/03/2016

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.

01/03/2016

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.

23/02/2016

‘You’re hired’: educational innovation, apprenticeships and new career paths into the legal sector

Legal learning and graduate recruitment experts Nigel Spencer, Lucy Crittenden and Chloe Muir, all of global law firm Reed Smith, discuss the legal sector’s recent changes in educational policy and learning models, assessing the combined impact on pathways and recruitment into the legal profession.