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11/12/2018

How can law firms’ partnership structures affect my career progression?

Solicitors’ firms are traditionally run by partnerships that usually take one of two broadly different forms, although there are many subtle variations to both categories. The type of partnership at a firm is one of the important factors that determine its working culture, so it is wise to take this into consideration when making applications. Plus, demonstrating some understanding of how a firm is structured can help you impress in an interview.

04/12/2018

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam: everything we know so far

Legal education and training will change in 2021 with the introduction of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). Here is everything we know about the new exams, from the syllabus, to the format of the exams themselves, to the possible cost for candidates, to the response of law firms, universities, law schools and junior lawyers.

27/11/2018

Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence are changing what lawyers and trainees do

As disruptive technologies change the legal profession, from the way law firms operate to the tasks that trainee solicitors are expected to perform, we look at what it all means for junior lawyers.

20/11/2018

This is how to become a lawyer without a law degree

Not having a law degree is no barrier to becoming a lawyer – in fact, the modern legal profession is full of non-law graduates, and the skills and experiences gained studying and working in other fields can be used to your advantage.

12/11/2018

Here is a guide to joining an Inn of Court, the first step to becoming a barrister

You've got to be in it to win it - true of the National Lottery and true of a career at the Bar. As Inner Temple's Outreach Manager Struan Campbell kindly explains, thanks to the myriad of networking, scholarship and training opportunities on offer, there's much more to gain from joining an Inn of Court than a few posh dinners.

06/11/2018

Here are 22 commercial awareness issues you should know about in 2018

All law firms want their trainee solicitors to be commercially aware and informed. LawCareers.Net’s Josh Richman rounds up a range of the important stories in 2018.

29/10/2018

LASPO has failed and legal aid must be overhauled, the legal profession is telling the government

With a government review into legal aid finally taking place, LCN asked two leading legal aid practitioners whether they think the situation for lawyers and clients will improve and what advice they would give to future lawyers who are passionate about this vital area of the justice system.

23/10/2018

A law student’s guide to pro bono

Nick Johnson, former director of Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre, outlines the benefits of pro bono and explains why those on the receiving end of free legal advice are not the only ones who stand to gain.

16/10/2018

Here are the funding options for your law degree, GDL, LPC or BPTC

The cost of studying the courses a student must complete to become a solicitor or barrister is obviously of paramount importance to the vast majority of people pursuing a career in law. Here is our guide to the loans and scholarships available for law degrees, as well as the GDL, LPC and BPTC.

08/10/2018

Video interview coming up? This is how to prepare

Video interviews are a widespread assessment tool among hiring employers, and there are some key differences between interviewing on camera and in person. Read on for expert advice on negotiating this stage of the process from Gemma Baker, head of employability at Aspiring Solicitors and former graduate recruitment head at two top firms.