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Training contract assessment centres: everything you need to know

Many law firms use assessment centres as part of the selection process 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 our expert advice.


A guide to online application forms

Should I use my Gmail 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.


Here is our training contract 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.


What do AI and disruptive technologies mean for trainee solicitors?

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. 


Video interview coming up this summer? 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.


Your guide to the training contract application process, from preparation to interview

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


Two legal aid lawyers share their advice for those pursuing a career in publicly funded work

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.


What are the different law firm partnership structures and how can they affect your career?

The partnerships which run solicitors’ firms often take one of two broadly different forms, but there are many variations to both categories. The nature of a firm’s partnership is one of the important factors in determining its working culture, so it is wise to take this into consideration when making applications. Plus, demonstrating some understanding of how a firm operates can help you impress in an interview.


These are the four areas you need to have covered to secure a training contract

To successfully start your career in law, you need to prepare well and start early. Here we outline the four essential areas that you need to think about.


Here are the ways to get the most out of a vacation scheme

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