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The main deadline for training contract applications is only a couple of weeks away and the interview stage will follow soon after, so now is the time to go through what you need to clear this final hurdle.
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.
Competition for training contracts is at an all-time high. In its 2017 annual graduate recruitment survey, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported that law firms receive 49 applications for every training contract vacancy they advertise.
I had my first panic attack recently. Everything was fine until it absolutely wasn’t. Completely out of the blue, my mind went blurry. I suddenly realised I was in a cold sweat. I saw spots. And I couldn’t decide if I was going to faint. Or throw up. Or one then the other. And when I was no longer convinced I was going to die, I was shaking. And embarrassed.
Commercial awareness is a term which some people find daunting due to its vagueness, but it is actually fairly simple and there is no need to feel as if there is secret code which you haven’t been given.
Here’s the thing about a law career in the City – the general rule is that you (or mum and dad) will decide in your youth that you’re going to be a solicitor. You’ll attend a good school; captain the rugby team; go to a great university; join the mooting group; pass your exams at the top of your class; add a sprinkle of pro bono; a dash of training contract and Bob’s your uncle – a solicitor is born!