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The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is set to be introduced in 2020 and many aspiring solicitors are rightly concerned about what this means for them. Should you press on with the current route to becoming a solicitor, or wait until the new system is implemented? This week’s LCN Says explores that very question in detail, so it’s a must-read for prospective solicitors considering a law degree, GDL or LPC. And that’s not all the useful information and advice in this newsletter – the Feature details how MySelf, LCN’s free service, can make logging all your legal and non-legal work experiences – and the transferable skills you have gained from them – much easier. Meanwhile, the Oracle advises a reader whose dedication to legal work experience and extra-curricular activities took a toll on his studies. 

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Meet the Lawyer

Lisa Boyle - Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Lisa Boyle at Gowling WLG has long been a proponent of keeping an open mind about what your career might entail; learn more about her path to law here.

Brochure Focus

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis’s recruitment brochure emphasises the firm’s key offerings to prospective trainees: the opportunities to be a valuable part of the team and be involved in high-quality international work from day one.


Meet the Recruiter

Keely Nelson - BLM

Unlike at some firms, Keely Nelson and her team at BLM carefully read every training contract application themselves to gain a rounded view of each candidate, not just their academics. Read on to learn more about what BLM values in its recruits.

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The intensity of the GDL isn't just about studying: work experience, pro bono, applications

LCN Blogs

The intensity of the GDL isn't just about studying: work experience, pro bono, applications

Hayley Kwan

As explored in previous blog posts, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is for the tough-minded.

Jonny Hurst - To SQE or not to SQE?

LCN Says

To SQE or not to SQE?

Jonny Hurst

LLB, non-law graduates and those graduating from a Graduate Diploma in Law are all anxious to seek advice about whether they should proceed with the Legal Practice Course and then secure a two-year training contract; or wait until 2020 (or later) to qualify as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

The rise of litigation funding

Commercial Question

The rise of litigation funding

What are the implications of an increase in litigation funding and what do investors need to consider?



MySelf: The free tool that helps you log your experiences and demonstrate transferable skills

Until you know what you have to offer employers, how can you convince them that they need you in their team? Although impressive experiences – both legal and non-legal – are vital, they are  most useful if you show employers the skills you have gained. That's where MySelf, LawCareers.Net's free self-analysis tool, can help…

The Oracle

The Oracle

I got a 2.2 after taking on too many extra-curricular activities

I ended up with a 2.2 in my law degree because I spent too much time on law-related extra-curricular activities and work experience, and not enough on my studies.

Take 5

Money talks

Like Johnny Cash and Richard Gere, these five firms boast wealth in their names as well as their pockets:


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