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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…

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Law fairs: on the road again

Matt Broadbent - Law fairs: on the road again

So it's that time again. I, like many law firm recruiters, am limbering up to hit the road for the law fair season.

09/10/2014
Walker Morris Mentor Scheme: what’s in it for you?

Philippa Plumtree-Varley - Walker Morris Mentor Scheme: what’s in it for you?

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.

08/10/2014
Lessons from my first two weeks as a trainee solicitor at a regional firm

Bekki Flood - Lessons from my first two weeks as a trainee solicitor at a regional firm

There I was - the start of my training contract; the thing I had been dreaming of since I started university.

02/10/2014
Second-year law? Final-year non-law? Act now or miss your best chance

Matt Broadbent - Second-year law? Final-year non-law? Act now or miss your best chance

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.

30/09/2014
Student law societies: don’t just stand by the sidelines

Francesca Clixby - Student law societies: don’t just stand by the sidelines

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.

18/09/2014
CityLawLIVE student conference: we want what firms want

Sinead Dineen - CityLawLIVE student conference: we want what firms want

CityLawLIVE is a unique event that offers the chance to meet partners, trainees and graduate recruiters from top City law firms.

16/09/2014
Demonstrating commercial awareness to law firms and other employers

Josh Richman - Demonstrating commercial awareness to law firms and other employers

‘Commercial awareness’ is like art - a somewhat nebulous term that means a lot of different things to different people.

08/09/2014
Is it really like the movies? Tales of life in a New York law firm

David Press - Is it really like the movies? Tales of life in a New York law firm

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?

29/08/2014
Your path to practice

Neil Ronan - Your path to practice

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.

19/08/2014
Costs lawyers: what do they do and how do you become one?

Francis Kendall - Costs lawyers: what do they do and how do you become one?

The profession of costs lawyer has evolved from the previous area of practice, known as a law costs draftsman.

11/08/2014
On meeting Baroness Hale at the Supreme Court

Funmilayo Ojo - On meeting Baroness Hale at the Supreme Court

Currently in the final year of my LLB at GSM London, my thoughts are increasingly turning toward what I will do after graduation.

01/08/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 01.08.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 01.08.14

The magical 31st July deadline has now passed, so time to kick back and top up your tan, right? Wrong.

29/07/2014
Summer of law

Isla Grant - Summer of law

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!

25/07/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 25.07.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 25.07.14

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.

18/07/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 18.07.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 18.07.14

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.


Why become an insurance lawyer?

Sarah Oakes - Why become an insurance lawyer?

Insurance litigation remains one of the most exciting and challenging areas in which to practise, it being fast-paced and contentious.

15/07/2014
Firms of the future: a paralegal paradise?

Rebecca Grant-Jones - Firms of the future: a paralegal paradise?

An enquiry into the future of paralegals was launched last week.

11/07/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 11.07.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 11.07.14

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.

10/07/2014
Innovative video history project highlights stories of women in the legal profession

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.

07/07/2014
Civil litigation: what’s in it for me?

Mary Hodgson - Civil litigation: what’s in it for me?

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.


Private practice v in house

Karen Kerrigan - Private practice v in house

For many people who pursue a career in law, working for a top law firm is the ultimate goal.

04/07/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 04.07.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 04.07.14

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.

01/07/2014
More legal graduates working as paralegals

Rachael Harris - More legal graduates working as paralegals

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".

27/06/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 27.06.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 27.06.14

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.

24/06/2014
Are GDL converters "inferior" to law graduates? Erm, no.

Josh Richman - Are GDL converters "inferior" to law graduates? Erm, no.

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.

20/06/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 20.06.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 20.06.14

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.

17/06/2014
Competing for a training contract: how to stand out

Wenying Li - Competing for a training contract: how to stand out

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.

13/06/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 13.06.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 13.06.14

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.

10/06/2014
Business development: a nutshell guide for budding lawyers

Sehaj Lamba - Business development: a nutshell guide for budding lawyers

The concept of business development is one which all aspiring solicitors should understand and take an interest in.

06/06/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 06.06.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 06.06.14

What more could you want on a sunny Friday afternoon than some stimulating business news to sustain you over the weekend?

03/06/2014
Why taking a working gap year can be your ticket to success (plus my tips on getting started)

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.

30/05/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 30.05.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 30.05.14

First and foremost, we must draw your attention to the Guardian’s "Special report: an outsider’s guide to the City of London".

27/05/2014
What is life like at a niche personal injury firm?

Gavin Grewal - What is life like at a niche personal injury firm?

I am a solicitor with White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors.

23/05/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 23.05.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 23.05.14

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.

20/05/2014
Getting a headstart in Herts: the law fair season begins!

Francesca Clixby - Getting a headstart in Herts: the law fair season begins!

Earlier this month saw me starting the law fair season ahead of schedule and heading out of London to the University of Hertfordshire.

16/05/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 16.05.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 16.05.14

With the glorious sunshine of mid-May comes the gloomy oppression of exams.

13/05/2014
The real cost of getting to the Bar: is it worth it?

Emily Lanham - The real cost of getting to the Bar: is it worth it?

Everyone knows that the way to the independent Bar is paved with gold; your own gold.

09/05/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 09.05.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 09.05.14

A shorter week means fewer working days, but still a sufficient number of news stories to sink your teeth into.

08/05/2014
Identifying your strengths (and weaknesses) – and why this is important!

Peter Storr - Identifying your strengths (and weaknesses) – and why this is important!

You have a personal brand. It is what people say about you when you are not in the room.

06/05/2014
Who are employers looking for? How to use LC.N to find out

Tim Bradshaw - Who are employers looking for? How to use LC.N to find out

When you are searching for the right employers to apply to, it is of course important to know the differences between them.

02/05/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 02.05.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 02.05.14

A new month and a new focus – this week, on the ups and downs of commercial fortunes.

29/04/2014
Tell us what you want, what you really really want: aspirations of LC.N readers

Francesca Clixby - Tell us what you want, what you really really want: aspirations of LC.N readers

At LC.N, we like to think that we keep in touch with you, our readers, on a regular basis.

25/04/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 25.04.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 25.04.14

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).

22/04/2014
Pupillage applications: one week to go

Josh Richman - Pupillage applications: one week to go

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.

15/04/2014
Routes to other careers – why I’m still happy I studied law

Vincent's Solicitors - Routes to other careers – why I’m still happy I studied law

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.

08/04/2014
I’m pro pro bono - are you?

Isla Grant - I’m pro pro bono - are you?

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.

04/04/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 04.04.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 04.04.14

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.

01/04/2014
I’m a small, petty man: what are your employability weaknesses?

Josh Richman - I’m a small, petty man: what are your employability weaknesses?

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.

28/03/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 28.03.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 28.03.14

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.

25/03/2014
Join the fight

Hannah Evans - Join the fight

These are tough times for the criminal Bar, and those aspiring to it.

21/03/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 21.03.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 21.03.14

The state of the UK economy dominated news schedules this week, with George Osborne's 2014 budget filling the papers and TV channels.

18/03/2014
Will innovations in legal services still allow the law to perform its main functions?

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.

14/03/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 14.03.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 14.03.14

Enjoy the spring sunshine, by all means, but don’t totally neglect your commitment to topping up your levels of commercial awareness.

11/03/2014
Meet the Lawyer: first-hand accounts of life at the legal coalface

Matt Broadbent - Meet the Lawyer: first-hand accounts of life at the legal coalface

One of the main jobs of LawCareers.Net is helping you, the reader, to make meaningful comparisons between potential employers.

07/03/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 07.03.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 07.03.14

Another week, another set of interesting business news stories to keep on top of.

03/03/2014
#greatlegalbake – it’s about more than just great cake.

Francesca Clixby - #greatlegalbake – it’s about more than just great cake.

Law firms, legal advice centres and courts across the country have been baking themselves into a frenzy this week.

28/02/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 28.02.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 28.02.14

We are now a few days into Spring, and with that comes the promise of renewal and burgeoning life.

26/02/2014
Shearman hosts local academy students for week of skills-building

Katie Meer - Shearman hosts local academy students for week of skills-building

Last week Shearman & Sterling hosted 15 Year 12 students from nearby Walworth Academy for a week's work experience.

24/02/2014
Update: Hannah Evans’ impassioned speech in full

Isla Grant - Update: Hannah Evans’ impassioned speech in full

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.


Benefits packages: who gives you extra?

Francesca Clixby - Benefits packages: who gives you extra?

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.

21/02/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 21.02.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 21.02.14

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.

18/02/2014
Extenuating circumstances: difficult, difficult, lemon difficult

Josh Richman - Extenuating circumstances: difficult, difficult, lemon difficult

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.

14/02/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 14.02.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 14.02.14

Tear your minds away from matters romantic and devote a little energy to the romance of commercial news!

11/02/2014
Beyond the City: my first months as a trainee solicitor

Sehaj Lamba - Beyond the City: my first months as a trainee solicitor

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.

10/02/2014
Voice from the front line: one pupil speaks out

Isla Grant - Voice from the front line: one pupil speaks out

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.

07/02/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 07.02.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 07.02.14

Let the interesting business stories of the past week take your mind of water-logged Britain and the fading horrors of a Tube strike

31/01/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 31.01.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 31.01.14

Last day of January, payday for many, Chinese New Year – today is packed with significant events!

29/01/2014
Reality bites: facing up to the truth about your career prospects

Sahar Hariri - Reality bites: facing up to the truth about your career prospects

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.

28/01/2014
Using LinkedIn to promote yourself effectively

Rachael Harris - Using LinkedIn to promote yourself effectively

In today's competitive job market, it is vital that you utilise every opportunity to advance your employability status.

24/01/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 24.01.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 24.01.14

Check out this handful of big business stories that piqued our interest - as they should yours - from the broadsheets this week.

17/01/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 17.01.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 17.01.14

It’s still January, and Blue Monday looms, but hang in there.

13/01/2014
Hard to access legal career opportunities? Let the Social Mobility Foundation help

Rubeca Hussain - Hard to access legal career opportunities? Let the Social Mobility Foundation help

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.

10/01/2014
Law and business: commercial news round-up 10.01.14

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 10.01.14

Refreshed by the seasonal break, prepare to re-engage the commercial awareness section of your brain.

07/01/2014
The advantages of being a legal apprentice

Marcus Lunt - The advantages of being a legal apprentice

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.


LPC data raises interesting questions

Chris Wilkinson - LPC data raises interesting questions

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".

19/12/2013
What is ELSA?

Josie Beal - What is ELSA?

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.

17/12/2013
The Shakespeares lawyer who trod the boards for the Leicester stand-up comedy challenge

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.


Don't be a turkey

Matt Broadbent - Don't be a turkey

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.

10/12/2013
Research firms and prepare for training contract applications with LC.N Insight

Josh Richman - Research firms and prepare for training contract applications with LC.N Insight

Finding the right law firm and then successfully securing a training contract there requires meticulous research.

29/11/2013
Huge shake-up in UK legal training coming… but it’s already here!

Marc Piano - Huge shake-up in UK legal training coming… but it’s already here!

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.


Law and business: commercial news round-up 29.11.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 29.11.13

As ever, we bring you essential reading for anyone interested in the commercial world (and certainly essential for everyone attending CityLawLIVE next Friday!).

26/11/2013
Money makes the law go around

Isla Grant - Money makes the law go around

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.

18/11/2013
Women in Law: Shearman & Sterling runs event looking at challenges and opportunities

Katie Meer - Women in Law: Shearman & Sterling runs event looking at challenges and opportunities

On Tuesday 29 October the team at Shearman & Sterling launched its first annual Women in Law Conference.


Thinking about the GDL, LPC or BPTC? Enrol with your eyes open

Josh Richman - Thinking about the GDL, LPC or BPTC? Enrol with your eyes open

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.

15/11/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 15.11.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 15.11.13

Week nine! Who would have thought. Read on for a series of business-news highlights taken from the broadsheets this week.

08/11/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 08.11.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 08.11.13

It’s week eight everyone; this commercial awareness news digest just keeps on coming.

04/11/2013
Legal apprenticeships: earn and learn your way to becoming a lawyer

Nick Read - Legal apprenticeships: earn and learn your way to becoming a lawyer

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.


The value of pro bono

Grace Kelly - The value of pro bono

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.

01/11/2013
Saving legal aid: Save Justice calls for justice ambassadors

Isaac Shaffer - Saving legal aid: Save Justice calls for justice ambassadors

The government has announced that it is proposing to make significant changes to legal aid and judicial review.


Law and business: commercial news round-up 01.11.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 01.11.13

Here we are in week seven of our commercial awareness news digest.

29/10/2013
Dissecting the LETR: views from the profession – part one

Isla Grant - Dissecting the LETR: views from the profession – part one

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.

25/10/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 25.10.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 25.10.13

Week six of our commercial awareness news digest and it’s a bumper issue.

17/10/2013
Be prepared for law fairs

University of Leicester Career Development Service - Be prepared for law fairs

Firms from across the country will be visiting your university on the look-out for next year's trainees and vacation place students.

15/10/2013
Nothing wrong with a bit of shameless self-promotion

Isla Grant - Nothing wrong with a bit of shameless self-promotion

Never let it be said that LawCareers.Net is above such things.

14/10/2013
Open justice: Michael Le Vell and anonymity of defendants

Richard Glover - Open justice: Michael Le Vell and anonymity of defendants

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.

11/10/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 11.10.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 11.10.13

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.


The value of education: reflection on the International Day of the Girl

Francesca Clixby - The value of education: reflection on the International Day of the Girl

Last night, a colleague and I had the opportunity to attend a private screening of Girl Rising, hosted by Linklaters LLP.

08/10/2013
CityLawLIVE: the journey from law student to lawyer

Sofia Parunova - CityLawLIVE: the journey from law student to lawyer

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.

04/10/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 04.10.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 04.10.13

Here we are in week four of our commercial awareness news digest.

03/10/2013
The top five employee benefits to look for when choosing a firm

Linda Smith - The top five employee benefits to look for when choosing a firm

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.

27/09/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 27.09.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 27.09.13

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.

26/09/2013
Networking: useful or overrated?

Neeta Halai - Networking: useful or overrated?

What words come to mind when you think of networking? 'Dread'? 'Overrated'? 'Intimidating'? If any of these resonate with you, you are not alone!

24/09/2013
CityLawLIVE: could it be your first step on the road to a rewarding City career?

Isla Grant - CityLawLIVE: could it be your first step on the road to a rewarding City career?

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.

20/09/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 20.09.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 20.09.13

Week two of the digest – again, we’ve collected together some of the key commercial stories that you should know about.

13/09/2013
Law and business: commercial news round-up 13.09.13

Isla Grant - Law and business: commercial news round-up 13.09.13

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.

03/09/2013
Alternative to LPC: is CILEx the answer?

Myles Bigland - Alternative to LPC: is CILEx the answer?

The dilemma facing many law degree graduates this summer is the risk of undertaking the Legal Practice Course without a training contract.

27/08/2013
The benefits of going in house

Sarah Parry - The benefits of going in house

I am currently working full time as an in-house adviser within the legal department of an online credit brokerage firm.

23/07/2013
The Partner Interview: part 2

Anna Williams - The Partner Interview: part 2

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.

19/07/2013
Psychometric - qu'est que c'est?

Josh Richman - Psychometric - qu'est que c'est?

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.

16/07/2013
The Partner Interview: part 1

Anna Williams - The Partner Interview: part 1

The training contract interview and assessment season has begun. Perhaps the most daunting element is the partner interview, but need it be?

09/07/2013
How to use social media to your advantage

Richard McMunn - How to use social media to your advantage

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.

02/07/2013
Resolving the impasse

Neil Rose - Resolving the impasse

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.

25/06/2013
Tick, tock, tick, tock

Isla Grant - Tick, tock, tick, tock

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.

18/06/2013
Locking it down

Nadine Rankin-Plant - Locking it down

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.

11/06/2013
The government knows the cost of legal aid, but not its value

Rachel Bentley - The government knows the cost of legal aid, but not its value

"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.

04/06/2013
The FRU needs you

John van der Luit-Drummond - The FRU needs you

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.

28/05/2013
Uniform advice and how it might suit you

Matt Broadbent - Uniform advice and how it might suit you

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.

22/05/2013
Bigmouth strikes again: networking advice with Matthew Broadbent

Josh Richman - Bigmouth strikes again: networking advice with Matthew Broadbent

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.

20/05/2013
Little fish in the big City

Amneek Binning - Little fish in the big City

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.

14/05/2013
The only way is ethics

Neil Rose - The only way is ethics

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?

07/05/2013
Low expectations are preventing equal opportunities

Josh Richman - Low expectations are preventing equal opportunities

Low expectations based on prejudices against wealth and ethnicity are institutionalised across society, widening unnecessary divisions and barring access to educational and career opportunities.

30/04/2013
Pro bono is not just for boosting your CV

John van der Luit-Drummond - Pro bono is not just for boosting your CV

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.

26/04/2013
The benefits of going pro

Isla Grant - The benefits of going pro

Each year, LawWorks organises the Student Pro Bono Awards, with the endorsement of the attorney general.

24/04/2013
Lights, camera, (family-friendly) online action

Josh Richman - Lights, camera, (family-friendly) online action

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.

23/04/2013
Amicus: fight to the death

John van der Luit-Drummond - Amicus: fight to the death

In March 2012 I was fortunate enough to attend training on the US death penalty by Amicus at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London.

16/04/2013
This is the modern world: paralegals, outsourcing and ABS

Josh Richman - This is the modern world: paralegals, outsourcing and ABS

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.

09/04/2013
A huddle of penguins

City Penguin Club - A huddle of penguins

The City Penguin Club is a community that we established to support students in the transition from university to working life.

02/04/2013
Legal aid reforms open the door to student lawyers

Louis Harman - Legal aid reforms open the door to student lawyers

Are you a law student? Do you think that the legal aid reforms are all bad news? Let me try to change your mind.

26/03/2013
Thinking about the Bar?

William Lavell - Thinking about the Bar?

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.

20/03/2013
ABS v traditional partnership

Peter Gavin - ABS v traditional partnership

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.

19/03/2013
Making connections

Aurore Hochard - Making connections

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.

13/03/2013
More Law - more choices, more information

Matt Broadbent - More Law - more choices, more information

The law and the legal profession are changing, that's not in doubt.

12/03/2013
An alternative view

Joseph Stoker - An alternative view

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.

05/03/2013
Work those ABS: the outlook for Co-op Legal Services

Josh Richman - Work those ABS: the outlook for Co-op Legal Services

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.

26/02/2013
Sticking to the code

Dick Lidwell - Sticking to the code

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...

18/02/2013
Dare to be aware

Matt Broadbent - Dare to be aware

'Commercial awareness'; the phrase on the lips of every recruiter, careers adviser and candidate.

14/02/2013
Half a century of CILEx; a time to reflect

Joyce Arram - Half a century of CILEx; a time to reflect

This year the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives celebrates its 50th anniversary.

12/02/2013
What’s in it for me?

Bobby Kensah - What’s in it for me?

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.

07/02/2013
A familiar paradox

Anthony Lyons - A familiar paradox

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.

05/02/2013
One-way application videos; a prediction

Toby Hornett - One-way application videos; a prediction

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.

31/01/2013
Work those ABS: the outlook for Co-operative Legal Services

Josh Richman - Work those ABS: the outlook for Co-operative Legal Services

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.

29/01/2013
Keep your eyes open

Matt Broadbent - Keep your eyes open

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.

22/01/2013
Ensuring training contract success

Kaplan Law School - Ensuring training contract success

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.

18/01/2013
CityLawLIVE: a fantastic event for aspiring solicitors

Ei Nge Htut - CityLawLIVE: a fantastic event for aspiring solicitors

The CityLawLIVE event, held in December last year, was an incredibly useful way to spend a Saturday!

17/01/2013
Time to gaze at your navel

Matt Broadbent - Time to gaze at your navel

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.

14/01/2013
Get ahead of the game with legal apprenticeships

Jenny Pelling - Get ahead of the game with legal apprenticeships

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.

10/01/2013
Are you a slave to the deadline?

Matt Broadbent - Are you a slave to the deadline?

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.

08/01/2013
New Year’s resolutions for successful candidates

Matt Broadbent - New Year’s resolutions for successful candidates

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!

13/12/2012
Let’s be OPEN about disability requirements at work

Josh Richman - Let’s be OPEN about disability requirements at work

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.

04/12/2012
Earnings at the Bar: great expectations?

David Nicholls - Earnings at the Bar: great expectations?

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.

29/11/2012
Apostrophe apocalypse

Anna Williams - Apostrophe apocalypse

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.

28/11/2012
Reality check - commerciality

Isla Grant - Reality check - commerciality

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.

27/11/2012
Best foot forward

Matt Broadbent - Best foot forward

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.


Reality check - online

Isla Grant - Reality check - online

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.

26/11/2012
Reality check - experience

Isla Grant - Reality check - experience

You need a combination of work experience and extracurricular activities to become the all-rounder that firms/chambers want to hire.

23/11/2012
Reality check - time

Isla Grant - Reality check - time

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.

22/11/2012
Reality check – competition

Isla Grant - Reality check – competition

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.

21/11/2012
Reality check – academics

Isla Grant - Reality check – academics

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...

20/11/2012
Rising to the top

Sally Laycock - Rising to the top

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.

13/11/2012
Money talks

Isla Grant - Money talks

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.

06/11/2012
Why pro bono?

Sasha Nicoletti - Why pro bono?

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.

30/10/2012
My legal internship

Emma Vartdal - My legal internship

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.

23/10/2012
Is unwitting language butchery causing you to fail?

Anna Williams - Is unwitting language butchery causing you to fail?

The journey to good writing will continue throughout your life - you just need to make the start.

16/10/2012
Good and bad technique - it's in the DNA

Matt Broadbent - Good and bad technique - it's in the DNA

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.

12/10/2012
On the road again

Matt Broadbent - On the road again

So it's that time again. I, like many law firm recruiters, am limbering up to hit the road for the law fair season.

02/10/2012
Making the most of your first year

Oliver Green - Making the most of your first year

In this blog I will share what I did to be proactive in my first year at university.

01/10/2012
Apprentice your way to a legal career

Isla Grant - Apprentice your way to a legal career

Legal apprenticeships have been big news over the past few months in the legal sector.

25/09/2012
How could Co-op law affect you?

Josh Richman - How could Co-op law affect you?

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.

19/09/2012
Persistence pays off

Samuel Clague - Persistence pays off

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.

18/09/2012
This season's new look

Isla Grant - This season's new look

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.

11/09/2012
Sorting your seats

Tom Whittaker - Sorting your seats

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.

06/09/2012
Enter the bear tamers

Anna Williams - Enter the bear tamers

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.

23/08/2012
Pathways to more

Matt Broadbent - Pathways to more

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.

10/08/2012
We can be heroes

Anna Williams - We can be heroes

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.

24/07/2012
A sporting chance

Isla Grant - A sporting chance

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… ).

10/07/2012
If you want to see the legal future, read….Legal Futures

Matt Broadbent - If you want to see the legal future, read….Legal Futures

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.

03/07/2012
Last-minute, late, looming, applications, training contract

Nadine Rankin-Plant - Last-minute, late, looming, applications, training contract

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.

26/06/2012
So many areas in which to improve, so little time

Isla Grant - So many areas in which to improve, so little time

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.

19/06/2012
How to decode a law firm’s website

Anna Williams - How to decode a law firm’s website

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.

01/06/2012
Why social mobility is hard wired into the legal profession

Anna Williams - Why social mobility is hard wired into the legal profession

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.

29/05/2012
And so it begins

Sam Wilkinson - And so it begins

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.

23/05/2012
Is the minimum trainee salary furore a tempest in a teapot?

Anna Williams - Is the minimum trainee salary furore a tempest in a teapot?

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.

22/05/2012
CityLawLIVE Big Discussion: Part 2

Sinead Dineen - CityLawLIVE Big Discussion: Part 2

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.

15/05/2012
Where is the feedback?

Anonymous law student - Where is the feedback?

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.

14/05/2012
A student’s guide to law firm collapse

Anna Williams - A student’s guide to law firm collapse

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.

10/05/2012
ABS: what do they mean for trainee recruitment?

Matt Broadbent - ABS: what do they mean for trainee recruitment?

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.

01/05/2012
Creating your own opportunities

Luke Murphy - Creating your own opportunities

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.

23/04/2012
CityLawLIVE Big Discussion: Part 1

Sinead Dineen - CityLawLIVE Big Discussion: Part 1

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.

17/04/2012
The relationship between the legal sector and recruitment technology

Kenzo Onumonu - The relationship between the legal sector and recruitment technology

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.

04/04/2012
A career in law: one size fits all is a thing of the past

Mike Jones - A career in law: one size fits all is a thing of the past

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.

03/04/2012
An easier Easter

Josh Richman - An easier Easter

Easter is upon us, bringing with it a much needed respite for stressed and exhausted students.

27/03/2012
International Women's Day: connecting girls, inspiring futures

Allison Grant - International Women's Day: connecting girls, inspiring futures

Thursday 8 March 2012 marked the annual celebration of women's achievements as thousands of events took place worldwide for International Women's Day.

22/03/2012
On this week’s Take 5

Josh Richman - On this week’s Take 5

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.

20/03/2012
Making a case for a career at the Bar

Matt Broadbent - Making a case for a career at the Bar

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.

13/03/2012
A more socially mobile Bar?

Isla Grant - A more socially mobile Bar?

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.

02/03/2012
Getting my training contract was "easy", says northernmost trainee

Mark Pentecost - Getting my training contract was "easy", says northernmost trainee

Getting my training contract was easy? Let me qualify that.

28/02/2012
CityLawLIVE: worth getting out of bed for

Isla Grant - CityLawLIVE: worth getting out of bed for

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.

17/02/2012
The City's lack of diversity is being blown OPEN

Josh Richman - The City's lack of diversity is being blown OPEN

LC.N was lucky enough to be invited to the OPEN event hosted at Linklaters earlier this month.

10/02/2012
Can't see the woods for the fees

Josh Richman - Can't see the woods for the fees

The tripling of university course fees to £9,000 per year at many institutions has been the subject of much debate recently.

07/02/2012
Business development begins at home

Matt Broadbent - Business development begins at home

Yes, now you can turn all your disgraceful uni mates into CA$H!

01/02/2012
Do we want what is fair or what is legal?

Anna Williams - Do we want what is fair or what is legal?

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’?

27/01/2012
CityLawLIVE update

Anna Williams - CityLawLIVE update

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.


Application SOS!

Anna Williams - Application SOS!

Today is the day you could save your future. You need help, and fast!

20/01/2012
Joe blogs along with everyone else

Josh Richman - Joe blogs along with everyone else

From top to bottom, the legal world is embracing an increasingly established online culture.

17/01/2012
How to tackle a phone interview

Anna Williams - How to tackle a phone interview

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?

10/01/2012
New Year’s resolutions for successful candidates

Matt Broadbent - New Year’s resolutions for successful candidates

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!

05/01/2012
Eurozoned out

Anna Williams - Eurozoned out

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.

13/12/2011
A rush down under

Anna Williams - A rush down under

I was pleased to congratulate an old friend at Ashurst on his firm’s recent merger agreement with established Australian firm Blake Dawson.

06/12/2011
A side order of business to go with your law degree?

Josh Richman - A side order of business to go with your law degree?

For many savvy students, ‘commercial awareness’, on first hearing, may just sound like another irritating dollop of corporate jargon.

02/12/2011
The shape of things to come?

Matt Broadbent - The shape of things to come?

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.

29/11/2011
Bar humbug?

Isla Grant - Bar humbug?

"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.

18/11/2011
An interview is a two-way conversation

Sinead Dineen - An interview is a two-way conversation

Not only are candidates forgetting the basics when applying for a job, they are also making mistakes in how they approach an interview.

15/11/2011
Let’s go to the fair

Josh Richman - Let’s go to the fair

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.

08/11/2011
A proponent of pro bono

Isla Grant - A proponent of pro bono

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?

04/11/2011
Some learnt from something tort

Matt Broadbent - Some learnt from something tort

Every year, Ince and Co awards student tort law prizes in a lavish event held in their London offices.

27/10/2011
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone

Claire Butler - Ain't no sunshine when she's gone

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.

21/10/2011
Focus on your applications

Sinead Dineen - Focus on your applications

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!

18/10/2011
My social addiction

Anna Williams - My social addiction

I’m a Twittaholic. I also do Facebook, LinkedIn and a bit of Google+.

06/10/2011
The first law of attraction

Isla Grant - The first law of attraction

It's crowded. And it's hot. And everyone's trying to secure the same sun lounger.

30/09/2011
Time working-class kids were PRIME candidates?

Claire Butler - Time working-class kids were PRIME candidates?

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.

29/09/2011
Red or Black

Matt Broadbent - Red or Black

I was reading about Simon Cowell's new game show, Red or Black, this week.

26/09/2011
In praise of private client law

Anna Williams - In praise of private client law

The Law Society has published a useful brochure about careers in private client law.

20/09/2011
Come on in; the blogging’s fine!

Isla Grant - Come on in; the blogging’s fine!

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.


Where in the world would you be prepared to work?

Anna Williams - Where in the world would you be prepared to work?

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.


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