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17/01/2017

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.

10/01/2017

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.

03/01/2017

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…

13/12/2016

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.

06/12/2016

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…

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.