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21/05/2019

How to make your vacation scheme a success

Here are LCN’s top 10 tips for making a great impression when on a vacation scheme and getting the most out of the experience.

14/05/2019

Choosing a practice area when you qualify as a solicitor

There are many different kinds of career in the solicitors’ profession. Upon qualifying, solicitors tend to specialise in one area of law which could be anything from intellectual property, to Islamic finance to family law. This article explores the process of choosing a practice area to specialise in and offers some advice on the various criteria to consider.

07/05/2019

Is a career at a City law firm for you?

Joining the big business world of City law is the end goal for many a wannabe lawyer, and there has never been a more interesting time to launch a career in London. If you want to work on exciting deals with high-profile clients, the City might be calling your name. But don’t for one minute imagine that you need a certain type of background. City recruiters know it’s all about how far a person can go in the future, not where they’ve already come from.

30/04/2019

Lockstep vs ‘eat what you kill’: firms’ partnership structures explained

Law firms are traditionally run by partnerships that usually take one of two forms, although there are many variations to both categories. The type of partnership at a firm is one of the important factors that determine the atmosphere in the office, 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.

23/04/2019

Paralegal work: a guide for future solicitors

Working as a paralegal before going on to secure a training contract is increasingly becoming the norm for thousands of candidates. It is even possible to qualify as a solicitor while working as a paralegal instead of completing a formal training contract. However, this stepping stone also has potential downsides to watch out for…

16/04/2019

A guide to secondments

A client secondment is a valuable opportunity to spend time working closely with a client in its in-house legal team; taking on greater responsibility, developing an understanding of the client’s business and building strong relationships that will have long-term benefits well after you qualify as a solicitor.

09/04/2019

What does the legal profession look like for BAME candidates in 2019?

The number of firms adopting contextual recruitment practices is growing, but structural inequality and a lack of representation at senior levels mean that BAME candidates still face challenges.

02/04/2019

Speed up your applications and research with this free LawCareers.Net tool

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, you need to show employers how they improved your skills. That's where MySelf, LawCareers.Net's free self-analysis tool, can help…

26/03/2019

A guide to commercial awareness

Commercial awareness is one of the key skills that law firms look for in future trainees – taking time to build yours is an essential part of the process of becoming a lawyer.

19/03/2019

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.