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.
Most students who wish to study law will be familiar with the concept of volunteering their time and expertise for free, ‘pro bono’, to those who need legal assistance but cannot afford it. The term is short for the Latin phrase ‘pro bono publico’, for the public good.
This week we are proud to host the 16th annual LCN Training & Recruitment Awards, the purpose of which is to identify and celebrate those organisations that set an example to the legal profession in the way they attract, select and develop their trainees.
Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace are currently highly topical and the legal profession is no exception. Large workloads, tight deadlines, long hours with 24/7 electronic communication and emotionally challenging cases can make working as a lawyer a very stressful occupation at times. Both lawyers and support staff in the legal profession, regardless of how junior or senior they are in their roles, can have their mental health affected by these factors.
The popularity of podcasts has soared in recent years with over 12% of adults in the UK claiming that they listen to podcasts every week. For aspiring lawyers, podcasts can be used to engage with information through a different medium, and they can offer a new way to learn about issues within and outside of the legal profession.
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.
‘Culture’ has become a buzzword in the legal industry. Most recruitment websites I came across when applying for training contracts included a lawyer at the firm who expressed their admiration for the firm culture.