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28/11/2016

A year in the law

This round-up from just published Best in Law looks back at the last 12 months in the legal profession, including the immediate impact of Brexit, the last year’s mergers and the big issues that will still be facing lawyers in 2017.

21/11/2016

Legal work experience and extracurricular activities: what you can do as a first-year student

Essential advice for first-year students, from first-year schemes to extracurricular activities, law fairs and everything else in between.

14/11/2016

The video interview: tips for success at this important application stage

Video interviews are a widespread assessment tool among hiring employers, and there are some key differences between interviewing on camera and in person. Read on for expert advice on negotiating this stage of the process from Gemma Baker, head of employability at Aspiring Solicitors and former graduate recruitment head at two top firms.

08/11/2016

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

Director of Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre, 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.

01/11/2016

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.

25/10/2016

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.

18/10/2016

Regional law firms v City firms

Many trainee lawyers and solicitors looking to join their first law firm may face the difficult question of whether to start their careers at a regional firm or at one of the more prominent City firms. Sara Duxbury, head of people at Fletchers Solicitors, explains why some regional law firms may actually have more to offer new recruits than the larger firms.

11/10/2016

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.

04/10/2016

How to read a law firm website and how to work out if it’s the one for you

LCN’s Matthew Broadbent offers his salient advice on why it is crucial to do some decent research into the firm, chambers or other organisation where you are considering commencing your legal career.

27/09/2016

The commercial year 2015-16

Like the laws of physics, there is often a temptation to seek certainty in the cold, hard numbers of business and economics; but such certainty is generally illusory, as the reality inevitably proves more complex and what is one person’s triumph can be another’s misfortune.