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Part-time routes to a career in law: postgraduate courses and combined study training contracts

There are many reasons why full-time study followed by training might not be right for you, two of the most common being finances and caring commitments. Don’t worry though; there are part-time opportunities throughout the academic and training process.


Training contracts, pupillages, legal work experience and careers advice: get started with LCN

A new academic year has begun and the recruitment race is underway. We have lots of tips on how to work your way into a legal career, including info on self-analysis, research, law fairs and where to seek help. Let’s get started!


‘You’re hired’: educational innovation, apprenticeships and new career paths into the legal sector

Legal learning and graduate recruitment experts Nigel Spencer, Lucy Crittenden and Chloe Muir, all of global law firm Reed Smith, discuss the legal sector’s recent changes in educational policy and learning models, assessing the combined impact on pathways and recruitment into the legal profession.


The four essential areas you need to address in order to secure a training contract

There are two truths about trying to become a lawyer that we defy anyone to contradict. First, you cannot start your research too early and second, ignoring the advice on how best to approach the task is asking for trouble.


Law firm assessment centres: how to prepare and perform on the day

Many law firms use assessment centres as part of the selection procedure for vacation scheme and training contract candidates. So how do you prepare for an assessment centre, what can you expect on the day and what are firms looking for? Read on for some excellent law assessment centre tips.


Practical tips for completing excellent online application forms

Should I use my Gmail, Hotmail or an academic email address when giving contact details? How strictly are deadlines enforced? Are there any ways of saving myself some time? AllHires' Amy Elderfield has the answers!


Application master class

Come training contract application season, do you want to be drowning in a sea of ill-judged, clumsily worded applications? Or would you rather be creating and submitting carefully planned and credible training contract applications? Read on for detailed advice on how to approach the process and edge ever closer to success.


CVs, cover letters and applications: LCN's guide to formal writing

According to recruiters, too many applications are let down by sloppy writing skills. Read on for a quick crash course in the precise parlance of formal application writing.


Finding a training contract: research, application and interview

Finding a training contract is a tough process. Read on for some top application and interview tips.


The Solicitors Qualifying Examination: everything we know so far

A new ‘super exam’ which all prospective solicitors will need to pass in order to qualify is set to be introduced by 2020, replacing the current system as we know it. The new Solicitors Qualifying Examination is a test designed to ensure that all solicitors are at the same high standard at the point that they qualify, whether they have taken the traditional route of gaining a university degree before progressing onto postgraduate training or an apprenticeship. However, the proposals are controversial.