This section offers opinion and analysis from members of the LCN team, as well as guest posts from contributors from all walks of law, with topics that range from social networking to how to impress at interview to what retention rates really mean. We welcome comments, so if we've said something interesting or something you disagree with, let us know by logging in to MyLCN and leaving a comment.

Recent posts

23/05/2017
What’s in it for me? Why you should go on secondment

Isla Grant - What’s in it for me? Why you should go on secondment

The idea of going on secondment as a trainee can mean different things to different people - for some, it conjures up images of cultural experiences in exotic locations. For others, it’s about entering the heart of the client, and working out how best to serve their needs from that vantage point.

16/05/2017
The LawCareers.Net Awards – what are they and why do they matter?

Matt Broadbent - The LawCareers.Net Awards – what are they and why do they matter?

This week we are proud to host the 14th annual LCN Training & Recruitment Awards, the purpose of which is to identify and celebrate those organisations that set an example to the legal profession in the way they attract, select and develop their trainees.

11/05/2017
Amicus production of The Exonerated stars former death row inmates and top barristers to raise awareness of wrongful death penalty convictions

Liz Dyer - Amicus production of The Exonerated stars former death row inmates and top barristers to raise awareness of wrongful death penalty convictions

In the United States today, for every nine people executed, one is proven innocent.

09/05/2017
Commercial awareness: what it means and how to develop it

Josh Richman - Commercial awareness: what it means and how to develop it

Commercial awareness is a term which some people find daunting due to its vagueness, but it is actually fairly simple and there is no need to feel as if there is secret code which you haven’t been given.

02/05/2017
Graduate into law: how to ensure your GDL gives you a headstart under the SQE

Giles Proctor - Graduate into law: how to ensure your GDL gives you a headstart under the SQE

The Graduate Diploma in Law is a popular and established route into the legal profession for non-law graduates who decide to pursue a legal career. However the training regime for would-be solicitors, overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, looks set to change in 2020-21.

25/04/2017
Legal aid: equality before the law no longer exists in the UK in 2017 and you should be angry about it

Josh Richman - Legal aid: equality before the law no longer exists in the UK in 2017 and you should be angry about it

In 2017 it seems that the ability to defend or assert your rights is often only available to the wealthy; Britain's most senior judge, Lord Thomas of Cwymgiedd, said that "our justice system has become unaffordable to most". What is the state of legal aid and do opportunities still exist for a career in this rewarding field?