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

03/05/2016
Expectation v reality: one student’s view of the LPC

Arman Ghafarokhi - Expectation v reality: one student’s view of the LPC

Before starting the LPC at BPP Holborn, I spoke to many people about their experiences on the LPC so I could brace myself for what was to come. After doing my research, I was left with mixed emotions.

29/04/2016
Top tips for aspiring solicitors - P.R.E.P.A.R.E!

Pardeep Lagha - Top tips for aspiring solicitors - P.R.E.P.A.R.E!

Aspiring solicitors will receive tons of hints and tips on how to secure a vacation scheme and/or a training contract, the sheer volume of which can be overwhelming.

26/04/2016
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 2018-19.

22/04/2016
Top 10 brainless blunders that could cost you your training contract

Samantha Hope - Top 10 brainless blunders that could cost you your training contract

Competition for training contracts is at an all-time high. In its Winter 2015 graduate recruitment survey, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported that law firms receive 42 applications for every training contract vacancy they advertise.

18/04/2016
Things I learned/like about student law societies

Sam Ratcliffe - Things I learned/like about student law societies

As we start to welcome new society presidents and begin building relationships - crucial to both our knowledge base and the development of your societies - I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on what I’ve learned (and what I really like) about student law societies…

12/04/2016
The Pupillage Gateway: chambers’ application deadlines are fast approaching

Josh Richman - The Pupillage Gateway: chambers’ application deadlines are fast approaching

With the Pupillage Gateway closing on Wednesday 4 May and a host of other chambers placing their application deadlines even earlier, on Saturday 30 April, aspiring barristers should aim to have any pupillage applications polished and submitted over the next couple of weeks.