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.


The four essential areas you need to cover 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.


A complete guide to the LPC

The LPC is the vocational stage of training to be a solicitor and is the next step for aspiring solicitors after the completion of a law degree or GDL. It focuses on providing you with the essential skills required to successfully practice as a lawyer.


How to make your vacation scheme a success

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


Choosing a practice area when you qualify as a solicitor

There are many different kinds of career in the solicitors’ profession. Upon qualifying, solicitors tend to specialise in one area of law which could be anything from intellectual property, to Islamic finance to family law. This article explores the process of choosing a practice area to specialise in and offers some advice on the various criteria to consider.


Is a career at a City law firm for you?

Joining the big business world of City law is the end goal for many a wannabe lawyer, and there has never been a more interesting time to launch a career in London. If you want to work on exciting deals with high-profile clients, the City might be calling your name. But 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.


Lockstep vs ‘eat what you kill’: firms’ partnership structures explained

Law firms are traditionally run by partnerships that usually take one of two forms, although there are many variations to both categories. The type of partnership at a firm is one of the important factors that determine the atmosphere in the office, 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.


A guide to secondments

A client secondment is 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 relationships that will have long-term benefits well after you qualify as a solicitor.


What does the legal profession look like for BAME candidates in 2019?

The number of firms adopting contextual recruitment practices is growing, but structural inequality and a lack of representation at senior levels mean that BAME candidates still face challenges.


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