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18/07/2017

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.

11/07/2017

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!

04/07/2017

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.

27/06/2017

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.

20/06/2017

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.

13/06/2017

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.

06/06/2017

Feminist lawyers: the fight for gender equality in the legal profession

Although junior lawyers are split roughly equally between male and female, the senior positions at law firms, barristers’ chambers and in the judiciary are still overwhelmingly dominated by one demographic – white, upper-class men, predominantly public school and Oxbridge educated. This article looks at the ongoing fight to achieve gender equality in the legal profession.

30/05/2017

Paralegal work: a no-guarantee stepping stone to a career in law

Paralegal work is increasingly becoming the norm for many graduates as the step before securing a training contract. 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 its downsides…

23/05/2017

Why client secondments are valuable opportunities for trainee solicitors

Client secondments provide trainee solicitors with 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 client relationships that will have long-term benefits well after the trainee has qualified.

16/05/2017

Law firm mergers; why they occur and how they affect the lawyers at the heart of them

The specific 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 that await – and maybe especially so for trainees.