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.
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 vaccine hesitancy.
- More from Law – this podcast was launched by Harry Clark – trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie. Aiming to “broaden your legal horizon” it brings the latest legal industry developments and includes a variety of interviews, deep-dive analysis, commentary and discussion. Among other topics, it outlines what firms look for in junior lawyers, how to navigate life as a trainee and advice on the Watson-Glaser Test.
- 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 interview. With episodes just over 20 minutes long, you can learn about North Korea’s food shortages, Russia’s third wave of covid-19 and the latest on the Chinese ride-hailing app Didi.
- 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 easing of covid-19 restrictions in England and an interview with Saskia Jones’ family following her death outside Fishmongers’ Hall in London.
- The Hardwicke Legal Podcast– a podcast from Gatehouse Chambers (formerly Hardwicke Chambers) offering informal opinions of important legal issues affecting individuals, companies and other legal entities. Recent episodes include a review of the 10 leading property cases of 2020, a clinical negligence review and a conversation on the issues surrounding the aggregation in solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance.
- 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 Jason Pitter QC, Maxine Peake and Jolyon Maugham QC.
- RightsUp – brought to you by the Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH), this podcast features conversations with academics, practitioners and policy-makers from across the globe “to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality.” Topics addressed include understanding institutional racism and the role of gender in Colombia’s peace transition.
- 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 explore two tort cases, the planning crisis and what it means to be “deliberately inaccurate” with reference to a recent tax case.
- 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 which features reports and discussion on legal matters. With 147 episodes available to listen to, there’s plenty of content to keep you going, including episodes on e-scooters and the law, climate change and the law, 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 divorce law reforms.
- 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 the future of shopping malls, OnlyFans’ potential IPO and WeWork prospects.
- FT News Briefing – straight from the Financial Times newsroom, this podcast provides regular updates to global business news. The latest episodes consider the following: “What did Didi’s bankers know before the IPO?”, “China’s widening tech crackdown” and “How English Channel ports avoided a Brexit meltdown”.
- 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.
Olivia Partridge is the content producer at LawCareers.Net.