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Junior lawyers revive campaign for trainee minimum salary

Junior lawyers, with support from the Law Society, have announced that they will focus once again on the campaign for a minimum trainee salary.

Law Soc Diversity Access Scheme opens for applications on 2 Feb

The Law Society’s annual Diversity Access Scheme is about to open for submissions, this year including 10 awards offering financial assistance and mentoring, plus one new award for a law centre worker that guarantees a training contract.

Lord chief justice questions why increase in the number of lawyers has not led to reduced fees

The lord chief justice has called for an independent investigation into the effects of the Legal Services Act 2007, and why increased competition has not led to a reduction in fees.


Nationwide mooting competition launched by The Times and 2 Temple Gardens

The Times has teamed up with leading barristers’ chambers 2 Temple Guardians to launch the Times Law National Student Mooting Competition.

Law and business: commercial news round-up 23.01.15

This week, the world’s business leaders, politicians and campaigners gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum.


Linklaters launches training contract for Mandarin speakers aiming to practise in China

Linklaters has launched a tailored training contract for Mandarin speakers whereby candidates are trained in London before moving to practise in China upon qualification.


Reed Smith and Queen Mary launch combined law degree and one-year work placement

Reed Smith and Queen Mary, University of London have launched a ‘law degree and apprenticeship’ qualification, which combines a LLB with a year-long placement at Reed Smith.

Deadline looms for student essay competition

Students are invited to enter the sixth annual essay competition run by The Access to Justice Foundation in association with LawWorks, by submitting an article of between 750 and 1,000 words.


BPP teams up with Future Finance to offer its students loans

BPP University has announced a partnership with Future Finance that will offer BPP undergraduate and postgraduate students competitively placed loans to finance their studies while at the institution.

Applications for BBC in-house training contracts to open in March

The BBC is opening applications for three in-house training contracts at the beginning of March.

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