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Law’s gender problem: levelling the playing field for women

Deep-rooted male dominance and power across the legal profession holds women back, but is change for the better on the horizon? This article discusses the evidence and looks at how male dominance of senior positions and promotion pathways is related to the cultural problems that have enabled those who behave inappropriately, or worse, to operate for so long. More importantly, we explore the practical steps that could help to create an equal and safe profession where success is based solely on merit, not gender.


Going in-house: a world of opportunity for lawyers

Does the idea of interesting and varied work, an excellent salary and a pleasing work/life balance appeal? Becoming an in-house lawyer could be your perfect vocation. We spoke those in the know, including a trainee, several qualified lawyers and the head of an in-house legal department about what it means to work at the very heart of your client.


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.


Mooting opportunities for aspiring solicitors and barristers

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.


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.


Mergers: why do they happen and what do they mean for lawyers?

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.


Making a career change into law

The legal profession is generally very welcoming of career changers and mature candidates. Solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers tend to appreciate the transferable skills and experiences that career changers bring, while some go out of their way to encourage applications from those changing career. Read on to learn how you can make the switch from your old career into law.


First-year opportunities: open days and insight schemes

The majority of trainee-hiring law firms now run work experience schemes and events specifically for first-year students, so if you’re seriously considering becoming a solicitor, you will be doing yourself a big favour by making sure you attend one or two during your first year at university. 


What is commercial awareness and how do I develop it?

We've said it before and here we are saying it again. Commercial awareness is one of the key skills that law firms look for in future trainees and thus, if you are to succeed, you will need to develop this particular skill.


MySelf: The free tool that helps you log your experiences and demonstrate transferable skills

Until you know what you have to offer employers, how can you convince them that they need you in their team? Although impressive experiences – both legal and non-legal – are vital, they are  most useful if you show employers the skills you have gained. That's where MySelf, LawCareers.Net's free self-analysis tool, can help…