We regularly publish Features designed to increase your knowledge of the recruitment process or of the legal profession as a whole. Some are produced in-house, while others are written by experts from firms, chambers, universities and other organisations within the legal community. Don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.

13/11/2017

First-year students: vacation schemes, student law societies and how to start building your CV

Essential advice for first-year students, from first-year schemes to extracurricular activities, law fairs and everything else in between.

06/11/2017

Pro bono and law students: what's in it for me?

Director of Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre, Nick Johnson outlines the benefits of pro bono and explains why those on the receiving end of free legal advice are not the only ones who stand to gain.

30/10/2017

AI and disruptive technologies: what do they mean for trainee solicitors and law firms?

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. 

24/10/2017

The video interview: tips for success at this important application stage

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.

17/10/2017

Is a career at a City law firm for you?

There’s never been a more interesting time to join the big business world of City law. Don’t for one minute imagine that you need a certain type of background. City recruiters know it’s all about how far a person can go in the future, not where they’ve already come from.

10/10/2017

Law fairs: network with solicitors and barristers, and learn about training contracts and pupillages

Law fairs may be an opportunity for firms and chambers to show you their wares, but they also give you the chance to practise some self-promotion and impress potential employers. Only the supremely confident (or foolish) would miss out – read on to discover how to get the most from the law fair season.

02/10/2017

Regional law firms v City firms

Many trainee lawyers and solicitors looking to join their first law firm may face the difficult question of whether to start their careers at a regional firm or at one of the more prominent City firms. Sara Duxbury, business psychologist at Carter Corson and former head of people at Fletchers Solicitors, explains why some regional law firms may actually have more to offer new recruits than the larger firms.

26/09/2017

The commercial year 2016-17

Commercial awareness – that skill so prized by the firms which feature in these pages – means knowing what your client wants to achieve and how to use the law to do it. For experienced lawyers, this requires a strong understanding of the sector in which the client operates. 

19/09/2017

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.

12/09/2017

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!