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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.

30/06/2015

Finding a training contract: research, application and interview

Finding a training contract can be a frustrating process. Read on for some top application and interview tips.

22/06/2015

Are you commercially aware?

We've said it before and, oh look, here we are saying it again. Commercial awareness is one of the key skills that law firms look for in future trainees and thus, if you are to succeed, you will need to develop this particular area of your brain.

16/06/2015

Application master class

Come training contract application season, do you want to be drowning in a sea of ill-judged, clumsily worded applications? Or would you rather be creating and submitting carefully planned and credible training contract applications? Read on for detailed advice on how to approach the process and edge ever closer to success.

09/06/2015

Law firm assessment centres: how to prepare and perform on the day

Many law firms use assessment centres as part of the selection procedure for vacation scheme and training contract candidates. So how do you prepare for an assessment centre, what can you expect on the day and what are firms looking for? Read on for some excellent law assessment centre tips.

02/06/2015

Insight into: overseas secondments

An overseas secondment is a great opportunity to take on more responsibility, build contacts, develop a greater appreciation of the cross-border nature of commercial law and - of course - experience living in another country. The benefits of going on secondment as a trainee often have a lasting effect, benefitting those who do in a variety of ways as their careers progress.

26/05/2015

Gender diversity in law: dawn of a new era or a case of the old guard?

Affinity groups, targets, mentors; there are many ways that firms are trying to address the disparity between the number of male and female partners. But is it working? We speak to senior women from a variety of firms to find out their views on the road to equality, the initiatives their firms are employing and how the female partners of the future can help themselves.

19/05/2015

Do you have the key skills every recruiter wants?

There are a handful of core competencies that the majority of firms/chambers want to see in their recruits. Here we detail (in a light-hearted way) how to identify if you've got them and, if so, how to provide evidence of their existence. Read on for a review of the attributes you'll need to succeed.

12/05/2015

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

Paralegal work is increasingly becoming the norm for 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…

05/05/2015

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!

28/04/2015

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…


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