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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.

12/03/2019

A picture of (in)equality: what does the legal profession look like for women in 2019?

This year marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time in the UK. Much has been achieved since 1919, but as in many professions, women working within the legal sector still face many distinct challenges.

05/03/2019

Law apprenticeships: the ‘earn while you learn’ route to becoming a solicitor or paralegal

A legal apprenticeship is a route to becoming a lawyer that combines a paid job at a law firm with studying for formal qualifications, paid for by the government and your employer. It is an alternative to the traditional route of going to university and training to be a lawyer afterwards.

26/02/2019

Fintech: all the way to the bank

Like the Internet of Things and autonomous cars, fintech — which stands for financial technology — has emerged in recent years as one of the hottest technology-related areas. Essentially it is about the convergence of new technology on the financial sector, so that the upstarts of Silicon Valley are now rubbing shoulders with the denizens of Wall Street and the Square Mile. In this binary image it does the high-tech sector the world of good to be depicted as the brash hipsters tearing down some of the financial world’s biggest players. The reality is a lot more nuanced.

19/02/2019

Mergers: what you need to know

The reasons that firms decide to merge are as varied as the firms themselves, but there are usually some key drivers – namely, the desire to expand, geographically or in terms of expertise, or to stay afloat. For the lawyers who find that the firm they joined is no longer the firm at which they work, there are normally a raft of opportunities– and maybe especially so for trainees.

12/02/2019

Mooting opportunities for students

Mooting is one of the best things you can do to get a sense of what it's like to be a legal advocate, giving you the opportunity to get up on your feet and argue your case. It is also an impressive addition to any CV, whether you’re pursuing a career as a barrister or solicitor.

05/02/2019

Making a career change into law

The legal profession is generally very welcoming of career changers and mature candidates. Many solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers value the transferable skills and experiences that career changers bring, with some explicitly encouraging career changers to apply. Read on to learn how you can make the change from your old career into law.

29/01/2019

Law firm open days and insight evenings

Attending a law firm’s open day, workshop or presentation is a great way to meet lawyers and recruiters, and gain valuable insights that will improve your applications. Read on for tips on preparing and making a good impression on the day.

22/01/2019

What opportunities does the legal profession offer to first-year students?

Read this essential advice for first-year students, covering everything from work placement schemes to extracurricular activities, law fairs and everything else in between. For lots more information and advice, see our first-year student hub.

15/01/2019

How to prepare for a pupillage interview

Hurray - you’ve managed to impress with your pupillage application. But yikes - now you’re looking down the barrel of an interview. Take a few deep breaths and consider what you can do to help your chances. Here, an expert from The University of Law offers advice on how best to prepare for pupillage interviews…