The popularity of podcasts has soared in recent years with more than 12% 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 discover the status of EU law during the transition period and beyond, as well as our rights during quarantine.
- More from Law – this podcast was recently launched by Harry Clark – future 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 explores the best ways to grow your network – both in-person and online.
- The Pupillage Podcast – hosted by Georgina Wolfe and Beatrice Collier, this podcast is brought to you by Middle Temple. Its first series covered various topics, including how to write your CV and choosing your practice area, while series two looked at demystifying mooting, as well as discussing law school and pupillage applications.
- Linkubator (Linklaters) – a brand-new 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. Linklaters’ trainee Hamza Zaveri speaks to key experts and legal innovators on a number of topics, including ‘Becoming a Lawyerpreneur with Mark Cohen’ and ‘AI Changing the Law Game’.
- BBC Radio 4 Beyond Today – LCN’s Bethany Wren has claimed this as her favourite podcast which she listens to religiously every day. They cover a whole range of topics by answering one big story from the news every weekday. Pertinent questions include ‘What is justice in the age of Trump?’, ‘Will coronavirus take away our jobs?’ ‘Did Huawei just win a tech war?’ and ‘Can one conviction end FGM in the UK?’. Not every topic is law-related but it’s a fantastic way to keep up with the latest news and work out where the law might be found in big contemporary issues across the world.
- BBC Radio 4 Best of Today – in addition to BBC’s Beyond Today podcast, 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 how the self-employed are being supported during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as regular business updates from business journalist Dominic O’Connell.
- The Hardwicke Legal Podcast – a podcast offering informal opinions of important legal issues which are affecting individuals, companies and other legal entities. Recent episodes include a look at the recent changes to the Financial Ombudsman Service, as well as a conversation with Hardwicke barristers Brie Stevens-Hoare, Carl Brewin, Emma Hynes and Cameron Stock on LGBTQ+ and their experience at the Bar.
- Talking Law – Sally Penni, the founder and chair of Women in the Law UK and multi-award-winning barrister, hosts this brilliant podcast. It offers 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 Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Jamie Hamilton QC.
- The Commercial Awareness Podcast – this is another fairly new podcast, which delivers round-ups of the latest news for prospective and current UK-based corporate lawyers. As the title suggests, this is a great podcast to facilitate the development of your commercial awareness.
- UK Law Weekly – a weekly podcast on recent legal decisions and news. Find out about the latest cases and reviews from the courts with Marcus Cleaver, a former university lecturer in law.
- Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast – lawyers from global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills discuss a whole host of thought-provoking topics and areas on their regular podcast. Episodes on cyber security, cannabis-related M&A deals and Brexit will be of interest to students wanting to hear how legal experts talk about contemporary legal and commercial issues – with most recent episodes focusing on coronavirus and the law.
- BBC Law in Action – hosted by QC Joshua Rozenberg, this is a long-running legal magazine programme which features reports and discussion on legal matters. With 132 episodes available to listen to, there’s plenty of content to keep you going, including recent episodes on online abuse and the law, help for vulnerable witnesses and how effective the Parole Board is.
- First 100 Years Podcast – launched in January 2019, this is a series of 10 monthly podcast episodes, which follows the course of 100 years of women in law. You can discover the history of women in the legal profession from 1919 to 1959; the latest episode explores the 10th decade and considers the progress and steps required to improve the future of women in law.
- The World of Business Podcast – insights into the business world, featuring content from BBC Radio 4’s In Business programme. With a different topic covered each week, there’s plenty of opportunity to consider your commercial awareness and find out more about what’s happening economically around the globe. Recent topics include discussions on the current and future status of Britain’s global business image.
- 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 and engagement coordinator at LawCareers.Net.