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Recent posts

18/01/2019
Your opportunity to build an exciting career in a rapidly changing legal landscape

Mark Haywood - Your opportunity to build an exciting career in a rapidly changing legal landscape

This informative, inspiring speech was the keynote address at LawCareersNetLIVE Manchester 2018.

15/01/2019
Applying for pupillage? Read this advice

Josh Richman - Applying for pupillage? Read this advice

The Pupillage Gateway opened last week on 8 January, giving aspiring barristers a month to apply for pupillage at their chosen chambers before the Gateway closes again on Thursday 7 February. Meanwhile, a handful of other barristers’ chambers have set earlier application deadlines.

08/01/2019
Nine top tips for summer vacation scheme applications

Josh Richman - Nine top tips for summer vacation scheme applications

The biggest vacation scheme application deadline of the year – 31 January – is looming. Almost 50 firms have set their deadlines for spring and/or summer vacation schemes at the end of this month.

18/12/2018
Emotion and lawyers

Elizabeth Rimmer - Emotion and lawyers

Some think there is no place for emotion in the law and believe emotions interfere with rational thinking. Law students are trained to ‘think like a lawyer’, suppressing and ignoring their emotions, which is not beneficial to wellbeing. In fact there is a huge body of scientific evidence which proves cognition and emotion are intertwined.


Law students, mental health and stress: keeping up appearances

Elizabeth Rimmer - Law students, mental health and stress: keeping up appearances

Your vocational, professional legal training is the first step toward what we hope will be a rewarding and successful career, but many law students feel it is important to keep up appearances. There is a belief that in order to look good, you have to give the impression that you are a potential professional with ambition and drive.

11/12/2018
Personality: don't fake it, make it!

Samantha Hope - Personality: don't fake it, make it!

How can you get across your personality whilst also highlighting your skills and legal experience on the application form? Here I share my top tips on how you can enhance your employability by developing your personality.