We're a mouthy bunch here at LC.N, so we thought why not harness that verbosity for the power of good and put our words down on paper (well, screen). Our new blog spot will feature contributions from various members of the team, on topics that range from social networking to how to wow at interview to the implications of the Legal Services Act. We welcome comments, so if we've said something interesting or something you disagree with, let us know by logging in to MyLC.N and leaving a comment! It’s the 21st Century way you know. Let the opinionated soapboxing begin…
Francesca Clixby - Winter vacation schemes: get your skates on to secure some work experience for the festive season
If you’re anything like the student law society representatives we met last week, many of you will have barely touched the ground since term began.
When studying and/or applying for a training contract or a vacation scheme, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
So it's that time again. I, like many law firm recruiters, am limbering up to hit the road for the law fair season.
As any law student or wannabe trainee knows, it is not just having the good grades, right qualifications or long list of sporting and musical achievements under your belt that helps you to succeed in the assessment process for vacation scheme opportunities or at a training contract interview.
There I was - the start of my training contract; the thing I had been dreaming of since I started university.
Second-year law students and final-year non-lawyers - you have a chance to outstrip the competition. But it’s going to be harder than you think. CityLawLIVE can help.
The next two weeks sees thousands of freshers gathering at their new universities, met with a flurry of new faces, suitcases full of text books and a students’ union overflowing with societies to join.
CityLawLIVE is a unique event that offers the chance to meet partners, trainees and graduate recruiters from top City law firms.
‘Commercial awareness’ is like art - a somewhat nebulous term that means a lot of different things to different people.
New York law firms have featured in many films, television shows and novels over the years. Here they are portrayed as exciting, fast-paced and glamorous. But is this actually the reality?
The Times has reported that 17,500 law graduates will be competing for 5,000 jobs in law. If you have chosen to read this polemic it is likely you are one of them.
The profession of costs lawyer has evolved from the previous area of practice, known as a law costs draftsman.
Currently in the final year of my LLB at GSM London, my thoughts are increasingly turning toward what I will do after graduation.
The magical 31st July deadline has now passed, so time to kick back and top up your tan, right? Wrong.
For many, the summer holiday period is all about beaches, relaxing, watching loads of sport on the telly and generally having a great time with not a care in the world, right? Wrong!
With less than a week until the big training contract application deadline of 31 July, you really should be spending your time working on those.
Take a break from the scorching heat - or thunder storms, depending where you are - and read up on what’s been preoccupying those business types in the City this week.
Insurance litigation remains one of the most exciting and challenging areas in which to practise, it being fast-paced and contentious.
An enquiry into the future of paralegals was launched last week.
Read this scintillating collection of business news to get a firmer grip on some of the big stories that have gripped the City this week – if you’ve got training contract interviews coming up, an ability to articulate what’s happening in the business world may be the difference between glorious success and abject failure.
Francesca Clixby - Innovative video history project highlights stories of women in the legal profession
The First 100 Years, spearheaded by Obelisk, is a five-year project seeking to discover and promote the stories of innovative and pioneering women in the legal profession.
Civil or commercial litigation can cover a wide spectrum of work, from advising an individual on a defective item he or she purchased, to acting for a bank seeking to investigate a fraud.
For many people who pursue a career in law, working for a top law firm is the ultimate goal.
This week saw another blow to British sport, as Murray exited Wimbledon, but take heart - there’s still lots of football to be watched and the Tour de France is about to start in Yorkshire.
According to The Law Society, there are now "more paralegals (over 300,000) in England and Wales than there are solicitors (approximately 125,000) and barristers (around 12,000) combined".
We are excited to announce that CityLawLIVE’s application system is now open and accepting applications for this year’s one-day conference on 12 December – the perfect opportunity at which to showcase your commercial knowledge.
Last week, online indignation was sparked among LLB graduates (well, a few prolific below-the-line commenters) by an article on postgraduate routes into the legal profession in The Guardian.
If the pain of last night’s game is too much to bear, take your mind off it with this week’s collection of interesting business news.
Wenying Li, senior careers and skills tutor and acting Cambridge Programme leader at BPP Law School, talks about the ways in which students and graduates can make themselves stand out to potential employers.
We know it will be hard to fit anything additional into a packed schedule of back-to-back football watching, but at half-time, read a couple of these interesting commercial news stories, two of which are even related to the World Cup.
The concept of business development is one which all aspiring solicitors should understand and take an interest in.
What more could you want on a sunny Friday afternoon than some stimulating business news to sustain you over the weekend?
Emily Lanham - Why taking a working gap year can be your ticket to success (plus my tips on getting started)
I have watched countless friends leave the country for a clichéd self-discovery mission to Australia, Thailand or South America.
First and foremost, we must draw your attention to the Guardian’s "Special report: an outsider’s guide to the City of London".
I am a solicitor with White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors.
Still basking in the glow of last night's LC.N Awards celebration, it’s hard to keep focused on serious matters, so we’ll keep this short.
Earlier this month saw me starting the law fair season ahead of schedule and heading out of London to the University of Hertfordshire.
With the glorious sunshine of mid-May comes the gloomy oppression of exams.
Everyone knows that the way to the independent Bar is paved with gold; your own gold.
A shorter week means fewer working days, but still a sufficient number of news stories to sink your teeth into.
You have a personal brand. It is what people say about you when you are not in the room.
When you are searching for the right employers to apply to, it is of course important to know the differences between them.
A new month and a new focus – this week, on the ups and downs of commercial fortunes.
At LC.N, we like to think that we keep in touch with you, our readers, on a regular basis.
Hopefully you've enjoyed an elegant sufficiency of Easter chocolate and are now ready for some more savoury delights, such as those within this week’s commercial news round-up (certainly the story about the Gherkin couldn't have come at a better time).
With the Pupillage Gateway closing on Wednesday 30 April, this is the last week that you will be able to submit and amend your pupillage applications to most chambers for another year.
It was at an open day at a big City firm during the first year of my law degree, that I first thought a career in law wasn’t for me.
Pro bono champion LawWorks organises the Student Pro Bono Awards every year, as endorsed by the attorney general. I was delighted to again be asked to be on the judging panel.
Sally forth! Continue your quest to get a grip on the way in which law and business intersect with this week’s collection of interesting news stories.
As well as enabling you to find and compare potential employers, one of the main jobs of LawCareers.Net is to provide useful information and advice to help you present yourself to these law firms and barristers chambers in the best possible light.
Here are some of the key commercial stories that have been preoccupying legal and business minds this week, and about which you should know at least a bit.
These are tough times for the criminal Bar, and those aspiring to it.
The state of the UK economy dominated news schedules this week, with George Osborne's 2014 budget filling the papers and TV channels.
Josh Richman - Will innovations in legal services still allow the law to perform its main functions?
The ideological conflict troubling the legal profession was clearly apparent when LC.N attended a seminar on innovation and emerging business models in the legal services market, held by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum last week.
Enjoy the spring sunshine, by all means, but don’t totally neglect your commitment to topping up your levels of commercial awareness.
One of the main jobs of LawCareers.Net is helping you, the reader, to make meaningful comparisons between potential employers.
Another week, another set of interesting business news stories to keep on top of.
Law firms, legal advice centres and courts across the country have been baking themselves into a frenzy this week.
We are now a few days into Spring, and with that comes the promise of renewal and burgeoning life.
Last week Shearman & Sterling hosted 15 Year 12 students from nearby Walworth Academy for a week's work experience.
Further to my blog of a couple of weeks’ ago, I have since been in touch with Hannah Evans, 23 Essex Street pupil and voice of a generation.
Earlier this year, 2,000 LC.N users responded to our annual survey, which looked at how students approach their search for a legal career.
Continue your quest to gain amazing insight into the way in which the intersection between law and business works with this week’s collection of interesting news stories from the broadsheets.
All kinds of unfortunate things beyond our control can happen to put normal life on hold. Illness, bereavement, family problems – all are likely to affect every one of us at some point.
Tear your minds away from matters romantic and devote a little energy to the romance of commercial news!
I am a trainee solicitor at Hanne & Co, a full-service law firm based in Clapham, London. I recently met with law students who were intrigued to learn about my career choice, having little idea of options outside of the Square Mile.
On Saturday 8 February the "One Bar, One Voice" event brought together hundreds of barristers, along with solicitors and students, at Lincoln’s Inn to voice their dismay at the universally despised legal aid cuts being proposed by the government.
Let the interesting business stories of the past week take your mind of water-logged Britain and the fading horrors of a Tube strike
Last day of January, payday for many, Chinese New Year – today is packed with significant events!
Law students are faced with two major issues: lack of awareness of their career prospect realities, and the current requirements for qualifying as a barrister or solicitor.
In today's competitive job market, it is vital that you utilise every opportunity to advance your employability status.
Check out this handful of big business stories that piqued our interest - as they should yours - from the broadsheets this week.
It’s still January, and Blue Monday looms, but hang in there.
The recent protests regarding the proposed changes to legal aid and their potential impact are another reminder of how a legal career may seem all too distant for young people from low-income backgrounds.
Refreshed by the seasonal break, prepare to re-engage the commercial awareness section of your brain.
A career in law has always appealed to me, but the traditional route to becoming a lawyer was off-putting due to the fees and length of time required without a salary.
The Law Gazette has recently produced an interesting article in relation to the number of students enrolled on the full-time Legal Practice Course, stating that this "has shrunk by 8.4% this year, reflecting awareness of the dearth of training contracts on offer".
Hello, my name is Josie and, since 2009 when I began my law degree, I’ve been aspiring towards a career in law, dealing with a world of applications, tests and interviews in my quest to become a member of the legal profession.
Brian Fowler - The Shakespeares lawyer who trod the boards for the Leicester stand-up comedy challenge
The legal profession has a rather unfair reputation for a lack of humour.
At this time of year, when every writer is shoehorning a festive theme into their articles, I've been thinking that in many ways applying for a job in the legal profession is like assembling a traditional Christmas dinner.
Finding the right law firm and then successfully securing a training contract there requires meticulous research.
The headline may sound like a perplexing Zen koan, but there’s no need to meditate deeply on its meaning – the future of legal training is shaping up and at QLTS School, we already have a fairly good idea of how it may turn out.
As ever, we bring you essential reading for anyone interested in the commercial world (and certainly essential for everyone attending CityLawLIVE next Friday!).
It feels as if financial concerns and economic considerations have never been more pressing – your ability to afford the courses and potentially low starting wage must be a factor in deciding whether to pursue law as a career.
On Tuesday 29 October the team at Shearman & Sterling launched its first annual Women in Law Conference.
High tuition fees and intense competition for a limited number of training contracts and pupillages mean that the decision to enrol on the GDL, LPC or BPTC should not be taken lightly.
Week nine! Who would have thought. Read on for a series of business-news highlights taken from the broadsheets this week.
It’s week eight everyone; this commercial awareness news digest just keeps on coming.
Legal apprenticeships are on the rise. Since the inception of the formal legal apprenticeship just a few years ago, each year more and more A-level leavers are applying for – and accepting places at - firms offering the scheme.
Described by a colleague as 'Fashion Week' for the pro bono community, Pro Bono Week presents a fantastic opportunity to promote pro bono projects and celebrate those who volunteer their time and their expertise.
The government has announced that it is proposing to make significant changes to legal aid and judicial review.
Here we are in week seven of our commercial awareness news digest.
I had the pleasure of attending the Westminster Legal Policy Forum’s half-day seminar on the Legal Education and Training Review a few weeks’ ago.
Week six of our commercial awareness news digest and it’s a bumper issue.
Firms from across the country will be visiting your university on the look-out for next year's trainees and vacation place students.
Never let it be said that LawCareers.Net is above such things.
As has been noted by Lord Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court, we live in a country committed to the rule of law and central to that commitment is the principle that justice should not only be done, but also seen to be done.
This is it, week five of our commercial awareness news digest. Check out this handful of big business stories that piqued our interest - as they should yours - from the broadsheets this week.
Last night, a colleague and I had the opportunity to attend a private screening of Girl Rising, hosted by Linklaters LLP.
I attended the CityLawLIVE Conference in London on 8 December 2012 as a second-year law student. I had been advised many times how important it is to apply early for work placement schemes at law firms.
Here we are in week four of our commercial awareness news digest.
Autumn marks the start of the recruitment drive for many law firms, but the pressure to fill trainee roles does not only lie with applicants.
Week three of the digest – here are some of the key commercial stories that have been preoccupying legal and business minds this week, and about which you should know at least a bit.
What words come to mind when you think of networking? 'Dread'? 'Overrated'? 'Intimidating'? If any of these resonate with you, you are not alone!
International secondment? High-profile deals? Excellent salary? Interesting and varied clients? If all of these things are on your list of what constitutes a perfect legal career, then life as a City lawyer could be your nirvana.
Week two of the digest – again, we’ve collected together some of the key commercial stories that you should know about.
This is the first in a weekly series of news digests, collecting together some of the key business stories that you should have an eye on, because of the way they intersect with the legal world and because they may affect the clients that you hope one day to advise.
The dilemma facing many law degree graduates this summer is the risk of undertaking the Legal Practice Course without a training contract.
I am currently working full time as an in-house adviser within the legal department of an online credit brokerage firm.
Following on from last week's blog on partner interviews, today's post covers more advice on this crucial stage of the recruitment process from Linklaters' Simon Branigan and SJ Berwin's Hilary O'Connor.
Psychometric testing may sound like a term that belongs to Orwell’s 1984, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner or a cold war Soviet bunker for interrogating spies in Siberia, but it is in fact not that scary.
The training contract interview and assessment season has begun. Perhaps the most daunting element is the partner interview, but need it be?
Whether you are fresh out of law school and trying to land your first job with a law firm or a seasoned veteran in the field looking to advance your career, social media can help you achieve your goals, provided that you handle it correctly.
The Legal Education and Training Review report was published [last] week to a collective 'meh'. In an age of instant judgements, that it failed to deliver either a devastating critique of the current regime or suggest sweeping reforms for the future seemed to mean to many that it was already destined for the long grass.
Unless you've been living under a rock, the looming spectre that is the big training contract deadline of the year - that's 31 July, in case you weren't sure - is nearly upon us! This, as Martine McCutcheon once sang, is your moment.
Nadine Rankin-Plant is part of the team at Apply4Law, online application system and an excellent friend to LawCareers.Net. Here, she outlines all the advantages of using A4L and LC.N joint project MyLocker to improve efficiency at application-making time.
"There's no future in it," is what I was told when I entered the legal profession armed with a passionate belief in this country's justice system and, crucially, in legal aid, which allowed those who would not otherwise have access to a solicitor to do so.
Thanks to the various justice reforms implemented by the "Justice" Secretary, Chris Grayling, April 2013 began a shift in the legal aid budget that has made the chances of members of the public actually receiving help with their legal bills increasingly slim.
If you're going to be a lawyer, you need to wear a suit. Why not invest a bit more than the minimum so that you can really feel and look the part? Our friends Aspley Tailors offer you the chance to buy a bespoke suit at a non-crazy price! And they have a special deal for LawCareers.Net readers.
In the second instalment of our 'spotlight on' video series, we asked LC.N publisher and gifted gab owner Matthew Broadbent to share his tips on the crucial lawyerly skill of networking.
On the basis that gaining true experience is invaluable, for the past eight months I have been working as a paralegal part time, while also studying the part-time LPC at The University of Law.
Was Tuesday [7 May 2013] the day we began to see the future a bit more clearly? Capital-infused alternative business structures with clear, market-dominating ambitions, using their financial clout to consolidate their markets?
Low expectations based on prejudices against wealth and ethnicity are institutionalised across society, widening unnecessary divisions and barring access to educational and career opportunities.
Since beginning my studies in law 10 years ago, I have had opportunities to be part of several fantastic pro bono programmes aimed at providing access to justice for many in society who could otherwise not afford to be represented.
Each year, LawWorks organises the Student Pro Bono Awards, with the endorsement of the attorney general.
LC.N has branched into the glamorous format of short video interviews as part of our ceaseless mission to boost your legal career prospects with useful, digestible information and advice.
In March 2012 I was fortunate enough to attend training on the US death penalty by Amicus at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London.
The need to make legal services more flexible, cheap and accessible for the public, while ensuring that providers can continue to profit, was a key discussion point at a recent Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar.
The City Penguin Club is a community that we established to support students in the transition from university to working life.
Are you a law student? Do you think that the legal aid reforms are all bad news? Let me try to change your mind.
After 25 years of being a senior clerk and having dealt with many students and pupils over the years, I am now in a position to give students an insight into the workings of a pupillage selection panel.
As BT becomes the largest company to get an alternative business structure licence, Freeth Cartwright's managing partner Peter Gavin looks at the potential impact on the legal services industry.
In this guest blog, I would love to share my experiences of how studying law has had such a positive impact on my life, especially on my entrepreneurial life.
The law and the legal profession are changing, that's not in doubt.
I am an LPC graduate and have been working in-house for three years. I am about to start a training contract within the legal department of an open cloud computing company.
Co-operative Legal Services was among the first of the new influx of ABS into the legal sector and it looks set to be one of the pre-eminent legal services providers in coming years.
Do the dates 31 July and 1 September mean anything to you? Are you aware of the Code for the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors and how it can help you? If not, read on...
'Commercial awareness'; the phrase on the lips of every recruiter, careers adviser and candidate.
This year the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Recently honoured as one of the 10 outstanding young persons of the world, Bobby Kensah talks to LC.N about the value of volunteering and pro bono.
Working in a City law firm as a paralegal has meant that I have gained critical work experience in legal practice, something which is fast becoming a distinguishing point between training contract hopefuls.
As a recruiter (and probably without knowing it, as a candidate), I can reflect on some interviews that very quickly and obviously became a waste of time.
The Co-operative Legal Services was among the first of the new influx of alternative business structures into the legal sector in April 2012, and though many more ABS applications have been lodged since, CLS looks set to be one of the pre-eminent legal services providers in coming years.
Coming soon are two major, much-awaited launches that should be on your radar as an aspiring lawyer; the report of the LETR and the unveiling of the new 'Pupillage Gateway' application system for pupillages.
The LPC workload can be tough at times, so if you're also making applications to law firms you'll have to be particularly organised.
The CityLawLIVE event, held in December last year, was an incredibly useful way to spend a Saturday!
One of the biggest barriers to success in finding a career in law is the trouble many candidates have in successfully translating what they have done in their academic, work and extracurricular lives into a set of skills and attributes that are attractive to employers and backed up by evidence.
As business director of ILEX Tutorial College, I work with a lot of employers in relation to the vocational qualifications on offer by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Deadlines. They're undoubtedly a part of lawyers' day-to-day lives. But in fact, they are something you need to face up to before you even become a lawyer.
The new year is here already, with all the hopes of renewal, a fresh start and really getting things together. But beware - time has a habit of slipping away, so make sure you take action NOW!
We were happy to attend this year's OPEN event, which brings representatives from leading international law firms together with aspiring lawyers who have disabilities for a day of networking, workshops and group discussions.
Ah, it's a barrister's life for me: the wigs, the pink ribbon, the chambers tea, the smart suits, the fine wines, the freedom of self-employment, short working days and long, expensive holidays.
In October Kyle Wiens, the boss of iFixit and Dozuki - two companies that produce computer programming manuals - blogged on the Harvard Business Review website about his refusal to employ anyone who failed a grammar test.
The legal profession is part of the business world. If you harbour any ambitions to work for a commercial law firm then it will be essential to develop a good understanding of the issues and events affecting businesses.
As you are probably aware, the LawCareers.Net team does not just exist online. We also produce a number of important print products each year.
Your online presence may be currently dominated by photos of debauched holiday antics and salacious comments, so it may be wise to build up a more 'professional' social media profile than your Facebook account offers.
You need a combination of work experience and extracurricular activities to become the all-rounder that firms/chambers want to hire.
An awareness of the pressures of time is crucial if you are to succeed; you must give the requisite amount of time to your future career.
The numbers are stacked against you – there are many fewer training contract and pupillage places than there are people with the necessary qualifications, so you have to find a way to stand out among thousands angling for the same job.
In the first of a series of six short daily blog posts, we seek to inject a note of reality into your search for a legal career. Forewarned is forearmed, they say...
If I could offer any advice to prospective solicitors, I would say try and get a support role at a local firm, work your bum off and do your best to stand out.
Its feels as if economic considerations have never been more pressing – now, more than ever, you must give serious attention to the financial implications of pursuing a career in law.
Too many of us leave university and the security of our '.ac.uk' email address with three years of hard work and hard play under our belts, but soon realise how unequipped we are to deal with the real world.
I have had a very exciting summer working as a legal intern in London for a global energy company. I worked alongside the in-house legal team for a 10-week period and was fortunate enough to visit the head office in New York for Legal Intern Week.
The journey to good writing will continue throughout your life - you just need to make the start.
In my last post, I gave you the lowdown on why firms go to law fairs, and touched on the two kinds of conversation you can have with a firm: functional and conceptual. In this follow-up post, I will elaborate on why you're better off moving swiftly past the former and concentrating on the latter.
So it's that time again. I, like many law firm recruiters, am limbering up to hit the road for the law fair season.
In this blog I will share what I did to be proactive in my first year at university.
Legal apprenticeships have been big news over the past few months in the legal sector.
The launch of the Co-operative Group's family law service on 20 September has further confirmed the inevitable and sweeping change that alternative business structures will effect on the legal services market and, in turn, high streets across the country.
I studied business, finance and economics at the University of Durham and then enrolled at The College of Law in Guildford for the GDL and LPC.
Welcome back, one and all. We hope that it has not escaped your attention that LawCareers.Net is looking especially snazzy in A/W 2012.
As a trainee, seat planning is very important. It's the chance for you to get a better idea of which areas of law and departments you're interested in.
The multibillion-pound Berezovsky v Abramovich case occupied the Commercial Court at the shiny new Rolls Building for many months, and last week Mrs Justice Gloster finally handed down her judgment.
At the end of last month I was privileged to attend the final presentations and gala dinner of the Pathways to Law programme’s annual conference.
On the day after the Olympics' glorious opening ceremony, I bumped into Boris Johnson at the cinema in Islington. He was there to see Spiderman; I was there to see Batman.
The Olympics. There, I've said it. On the assumption that I'm not now being arrested for misappropriation of the Olympic brand, I thought it might be a good time to draw a few parallels between sporting endeavour and career success (and make timely use of a feature we published some years ago… ).
If you haven't yet realised that all sorts of weird and wonderful things are happening in the legal services market, it's time to wake up and get with the picture.
Do any or all of these words ring a bell? The first two you don't want, the third relates to the fact that 31 July is looming, the next is what you have to complete, and the last is the ultimate goal.
The ticking clock tocks ever louder as we near the big training contract deadline of the year and with some firms announcing that they're bringing their deadlines forward to accommodate absenteeism and low productivity during the Olympics, this is your moment.
My colleagues set me a challenge this week: show how to conduct research into a firm prior to submitting training contract application and do it by way of a case study.
Former government minister Alan Milburn has been in the news this week publicising an update to his 2009 report on social mobility in the professions.
Sam is a paralegal at a top 100 law firm, who is back on the training contract hunt. He offers his view on what it's like out there dealing with applications and, inevitably, rejection.
Having decided to blog about last week's decision by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to scrap the minimum trainee salary, I've looked for a fresh angle on the subject.
Following on from my previous post about topics covered at the CityLawLIVE Big Discussion panel, I am now going to look at how to display work experience on an application form, what skills firms are looking for, how to make your application stand out, and dos and don’ts at interview.
This week's blog post comes from a law student who describes some of the disappointment and frustration associated with inadequate post-interview feedback from firms.
Who doesn’t feel an ache of sympathy for staff at recently collapsed international law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf? When any business implodes, ordinary people pay the price for mistakes made by management.
The other day a journalist called me up to ask what I thought the impact of alternative business structures might be on the recruitment of trainees in the legal sector.
Luke Murphy is a trainee at Clarke Willmott LLP and the Southampton representative of the South Hampshire Junior Lawyers Division. He describes a selection of ways in which you can create opportunities that may take you closer to a training contract.
I recently attended the inaugural CityLawLIVE student conference in London. It was a very interesting and motivating event for those looking to find out more about a legal career in the City.
If you've ever read the 'what we look for' sections in most graduate recruitment brochures, you'll typically have found a list of required competencies such as commercial awareness, strong academics and sound analytical ability.
Mike Jones, chief executive of IV League Talent, believes there is a new paradigm for the career aspirations of successful lawyers, existing outside of partnership and firmly rooted in the post-alternative business structure environment.
Easter is upon us, bringing with it a much needed respite for stressed and exhausted students.
Thursday 8 March 2012 marked the annual celebration of women's achievements as thousands of events took place worldwide for International Women's Day.
The latest theme of our Take 5 feature, which linked sets of chambers through their historically significant namesakes without deigning to provide the slightest detail or explanation about said namesakes, may have proven impenetrable to some.
As we are talking especially about the Bar this week, I thought we might try using the skills that are essential if one is to be a successful barrister to assess whether you have what it takes.
The legal press was alive yesterday with news of the launch of a social mobility initiative designed to encourage into the profession those who might not have considered a career in the law by offering advice and a practical helping hand.
Getting my training contract was easy? Let me qualify that.
There has to be a pretty good reason to go to work at 7:00am on a Saturday, but for me, Saturday 25 February provided just that reason – I was part of the team from LawCareers.Net attending the CityLawLIVE student conference.
LC.N was lucky enough to be invited to the OPEN event hosted at Linklaters earlier this month.
The tripling of university course fees to £9,000 per year at many institutions has been the subject of much debate recently.
Yes, now you can turn all your disgraceful uni mates into CA$H!
Do our law makers have the wisdom and foresight to tackle the big questions our society now faces? And, just as important, can they assert their authority over the ‘Court of Public Opinion’?
If you received an offer of a delegate place at the CityLawLIVE conference and you have yet to accept it then don’t let the chance slip away.
Today is the day you could save your future. You need help, and fast!
From top to bottom, the legal world is embracing an increasingly established online culture.
Some employers conduct initial interviews by phone, and just as in a face-to-face scenario, good preparation enables good performance. With vac scheme application deadlines approaching, why not prime yourself for the possibility of one?
The new year is here already, with all the hopes of renewal, a fresh start and really getting things together. But beware - time has a habit of slipping away, so make sure you take action NOW!
I try to keep on top of developments in the eurozone, but it’s complicated. Part farce, part black comedy, part horror flick; the plot unfolds with predictable unpredictability.
I was pleased to congratulate an old friend at Ashurst on his firm’s recent merger agreement with established Australian firm Blake Dawson.
For many savvy students, ‘commercial awareness’, on first hearing, may just sound like another irritating dollop of corporate jargon.
Travelling around the law fairs each Autumn is always a good way for the LawCareers.Net team to gauge what is happening in the recruitment market.
"It's tough", you hear. "What's new?", you say. Well, when it comes to practising at the Bar, there’s quite a lot that is new and, moreover, things really are tougher than ever.
Not only are candidates forgetting the basics when applying for a job, they are also making mistakes in how they approach an interview.
It’s been a busy first few weeks in my new post - not just for the LC.N team, but for aspiring lawyers as well.
It’s a bit of a no-brainer; getting involved with pro bono projects gives you the chance to get practical experience, while helping individuals who may not otherwise have access to legal advice. What’s not to like?
Every year, Ince and Co awards student tort law prizes in a lavish event held in their London offices.
Visit LC.N Towers this week and you'll be met by a sorry sight. Follow the trail of tear-sodden Kleenex and you'll find the melancholy LC.N team - unwashed, eating cold Pot Noodles and weeping uncontrollably.
You may think that you've heard all about common application mistakes before but trust me they are worth hearing again - these warnings are not being heeded!
I’m a Twittaholic. I also do Facebook, LinkedIn and a bit of Google+.
It's crowded. And it's hot. And everyone's trying to secure the same sun lounger.
While women and black and ethnic minorities have increasingly come to populate the legal profession, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds are still woefully underrepresented.
I was reading about Simon Cowell's new game show, Red or Black, this week.
The Law Society has published a useful brochure about careers in private client law.
Blogging: it’s come a long way from its formative days, where it seemed merely to be an opportunity for opinionated self-promoters to force themselves onto the online community.
Ex-BP Chief Exec Tony Hayward (of Gulf Oil Spill demonization fame) has recently invested in a company called Genel, which has struck an exploration deal in the oilfields of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq.