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Recent posts

14/11/2018
Our MLaw degree has prepared Pearson Business School for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam

Ben Hughes - Our MLaw degree has prepared Pearson Business School for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam

Like them or loathe them, the new Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) are coming. Personally, I rather like them. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the GDL - both as a student at City University and as a lecturer and programme leader at BPP. I also have great affection for the LLB, having taught on and administered that course as well for several years.

12/11/2018
What to expect from Inns of Court qualifying sessions

Josh Richman - What to expect from Inns of Court qualifying sessions

For BPTC students, there has always been a requirement to complete a number of sessions as part of your membership of an inn and before you can be called to the Bar. However, whereas they were once known as the “12 dinners”, for a few years now they have been called “qualifying sessions”.

05/11/2018
Life as a law centre trainee and qualifying as a legal aid solicitor

Laura Williams - Life as a law centre trainee and qualifying as a legal aid solicitor

I studied law at Nottingham Trent University and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Leeds. Following this I worked at Ealing Law Centre as a paralegal and then undertook my training contract at South West London Law Centres. I qualified as a Solicitor in July 2017 and have continued my career at the law centre as a legal aid solicitor practising in housing, community care and welfare benefits.

29/10/2018
Asserting your rights and accessing justice: how the Personal Support Unit helps some of the most vulnerable

Ella Watson - Asserting your rights and accessing justice: how the Personal Support Unit helps some of the most vulnerable

Without The Personal Support Unit, people such as Diane* would have to face the traumatic court process alone.

23/10/2018
The benefits of getting involved in pro bono

Martin Barnes - The benefits of getting involved in pro bono

Pro Bono Week 2018 is here and it presents a great opportunity to promote pro bono projects and recognise those who volunteer their time and their expertise.

16/10/2018
Could non-legal work experience be a better way to show you have the skills to be a successful lawyer?

Shivi Rajput - Could non-legal work experience be a better way to show you have the skills to be a successful lawyer?

With such fierce competition for training contract/vacation scheme applications, a big challenge for students is to think of unique ways to create a memorable application, while also illustrating that you have the requisite skills to make it as a lawyer.