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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…

08/01/2019

How to research law firms before applying for a vacation scheme or training contract

Researching a law firm in some depth before making an application is absolutely essential – it is impossible to secure a training contract without doing so. Here is a guide to that much talked about, but rarely explained, concept and an explanation of why it's so important.

18/12/2018

The best (and worst) law fair freebies of 2018

Which law firm’s water bottle trumps all others? Which childhood-inspired branded toy made us go “huh?” Whose notebook is always number one in our eyes? Find out in our round-up of the best law firm freebies of this law fair season.

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.