This section offers opinion and analysis from members of the LCN team, as well as guest posts from contributors from all walks of law, with topics that range from social networking to how to impress at interview to what retention rates really mean. We welcome comments, so if we've said something interesting or something you disagree with, let us know by logging in to MyLCN and leaving a comment.

Recent posts

20/02/2018
Application rejection dos and don’ts

Sinead Dineen - Application rejection dos and don’ts

Receiving an email informing you that your application has been unsuccessful is not a good experience but it is one you can learn from.

13/02/2018
Do something amazing – mentor a young person online

The Brightside Trust - Do something amazing – mentor a young person online

We are looking for volunteer mentors to take part and share their own experience with a young person. This is a flexible opportunity as no travel is required and gives mentors experience of working directly with a young person and the chance to develop key skills.

06/02/2018
Changing direction: moving into law via another career

Isla Grant - Changing direction: moving into law via another career

You've enjoyed several years of interesting work in a career that you originaly thought was yours for life, but have recently had an epiphany and realised that law is the profession for you. What do you do? Is it ever possible to make the switch?

30/01/2018
Are firms’ NQ retention rates as important as they are made out to be?

Matt Broadbent - Are firms’ NQ retention rates as important as they are made out to be?

If you read the legal press, you will know that stories about how many newly-qualified solicitors a given firm has kept on out of its trainee intake are a regular fixture.

23/01/2018
Five easy and practical ways to boost your commercial awareness

Bethany Wren - Five easy and practical ways to boost your commercial awareness

Speaking to lots of you over the course of this year, the one thing that has come up time and time again is how to improve your commercial awareness. I’ve put together a list of small and easy ways to understand the business world and how law firms and their clients operate within it.

16/01/2018
To SQE or not to SQE?

Jonny Hurst - To SQE or not to SQE?

LLB, non-law graduates and those graduating from a Graduate Diploma in Law are all anxious to seek advice about whether they should proceed with the Legal Practice Course and then secure a two-year training contract; or wait until 2020 (or later) to qualify as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.