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The popularity of podcasts has soared in recent years with more than 24% of adults in the UK claiming that they listen to podcasts every week. Aspiring lawyers can use podcasts to engage with information through a different medium, which offers a new way to learn about issues within and outside of the legal profession, while also supporting their commercial awareness.
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Being able to listen to podcasts on a commute, walk or run, or while cooking enables aspiring lawyers to make the most of the little spare time that they have between studying, applications and vacation schemes. LCN’s Bethany Wren said: “I think podcasts are a great way to top up your knowledge on a subject without even really trying, and to find out something new from those in the know.”
Here are the 15 podcasts we think all aspiring lawyers should listen to:
- Law Pod UK – this is a fairly new podcast brought to you by barristers at One Crown Office Row. It covers developments across aspects of civil and public law in the UK. With more than 100 episodes already, you can stay up to date with recent developments in medical law, and gain insight into the role of law in tackling climate change, whether AI can become a patent inventor and interviews with leading professions, including Nazir Afzal OBE.
- Linkubator (Linklaters) – a student-led innovation podcast series, designed to help students who want to develop their understanding of how innovation and emerging technologies are transforming the legal sector. Episodes include conversations with experts and legal innovators on a number of topics, including non-financial misconduct and whistleblowing, and e-money communications and a new duty of care.
- The Intelligence, The Economist – this is a great podcast for aspiring lawyers looking to delve beyond the news that is making the headlines worldwide to impress firms at the interview stage. With episodes just over 20 minutes long, you can learn about Putin's NATO demands, Omnicron in India and Hong Kong's media crackdown.
- BBC Radio 4 Best of Today – the Best of Today podcast challenges key policy makers on the latest news stories and features insight, analysis and expert debate, which will support your developing commercial awareness. The latest episodes include conversations on the pressure Boris Johnson is facing following further lockdown drinks, an interview with Michael Gove about plans to remove cladding and covid-19, and a look at the growing cost of living and what this means for the UK.
- Not all Lawyers Have Law Degrees – shortlisted for the UK Diversity Legal Awards D&I Initiative of the Year 2021, this BBC podcast offers insights into the various ways you can become a lawyer. With guests including Ceri Evans, the national programme director for apprenticeships at The University of Law, 24-year-old criminal barrister Carley Green and Isaac Eloi, who explains how joining a specialist network helped him to secure his niche role (lawyer at ICE) and the reason behind co-founding the Black Men in Law Network. One of the latest episodes includes a conversation with career changer Mukhtiar Singh who joined the Bar at 40 after previously working as a police detective.
- Talking Law – Sally Penni, the founder and chair of Women in the Law UK and multi-award-winning barrister, hosts this brilliant podcast. It provides insight into the careers of leading figures in UK law, with discussions focusing on the highs and lows of their careers, as well as the challenges and realities they have faced in the legal profession. Recent guests include Sandie Okoro, Paul McFarlane and John Croft.
- LGBT+ lawyers – brought to you by the Law Society's LGBT+ Lawyers Division, as they focus on topics of interest to both LGBTQ+ lawyers and their allies. Recent episodes include insights into surrogacy law and the "practical realities of surrogacy" for LGBTQ+ people, and Christos Paphiti, a solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard, shares his "unique coming out experience, and why he feels it has not been an integral part of affirming his identity".
- UK Law Weekly – a weekly podcast on legal decisions and news. Find out about the latest cases and reviews from the courts with Marcus Cleaver, a former university lecturer in law. The latest episodes look at Brexit in 2022, how simple it should be to make interim measures against the other party to a case and when lawful acts can be used to rescind contracts.
- Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast – lawyers from global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills discuss a whole host of thought-provoking topics on their regular podcast. Episodes on women in tech, the future of work focusing on HR tech, AI and monitoring staff, and a future cities series – including a look at post-covid cities, tech in the city and net-zero cities – will be of interest to students wanting to hear how legal experts talk about contemporary legal and commercial issues.
- BBC Law in Action – hosted by Joshua Rozenberg QC, this is a long-running legal magazine programme that features reports and discussion on legal matters. With 154 episodes available to listen to, there’s plenty of content to keep you going, including episodes on the law and its fight against climate change, and whether Love Island contestants leave their legal rights at the door of the villa.
- The Legal Room UK – featuring a diverse range of specialist lawyers, this podcast’s most recent episodes include a look at residential landlords and covid-19, commercial lease break notices and pitfalls for tenants and disciplinary processes used by employers.
- Commercial Awareness with Watson’s Daily business and financial news – former stockbroker Peter Watson hosts this commercial awareness podcast, which offers an accessible insight into important business and financial markets news, including Ikea's vaccine stance, the growth of "fly now pay later" and supermarket price wars.
- FT News Briefing – straight from the Financial Times newsroom, this podcast provides regular updates to global business news. The latest episodes are: “Investors gear up for 'gold rush' in metaverse hardware", "US shifts from the 'war on drugs'" and "The fed's big shrink".
- The Irwin Mitchell Podcast – a fortnightly podcast, brought to you by full-service law firm Irwin Mitchell. Covering a range of topics, including employment and family law, this podcast provides advice and updates from the firm's experts.
- Obviously we couldn’t write an article about legal podcasts without mentioning our very own LawCareers.Net Podcast, which is designed to cover a different topic each month, and features interviews with recruiters, students, and members of the LCN team. Make sure you listen and subscribe on your favourite podcast app and let us know what you would like us to talk about by tweeting us with #LCNpodcast.
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Olivia Partridge (she/her) is the content producer at LawCareers.Net.