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Applying for summer vacation schemes

I'm busy completing applications for summer vacation schemes. Can I include informal placements that I've got lined up for February?

Puzzled about pupillage

I'm about to begin applying for pupillage, but I'm confused about how the system works. Help!

Advice for getting ahead over the holidays for aspiring lawyers

I am a second-year law student and am wondering what advice you can give me on how to get ahead in my search for legal work experience and a training contract during the holidays?

Applying with a drink driving conviction

I am a second-year law student currently serving a two-year driving disqualification for drunk-driving. Could this conviction prevent me from becoming a corporate lawyer?

A question of balance

Is it possible to be a solicitor and have a good work/life balance?