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The main deadline for training contract applications is just over one week away, after which you will hopefully be invited to an interview. There are two stages to a successful interview – preparation and then putting it all into action in the interview itself.
We’re long past the days when law firms making use of disruptive tech was just a distant prediction. A handful of years ago, news stories of firms implementing advanced tech in everyday processes were relatively scarce – but now, we’re seeing announcements from major firms come out on an increasingly regular basis.
Law students are constantly encouraged to network and rightly so. Networking is without a doubt one of the most beneficial skills you can develop as an aspiring solicitor. The obvious benefits include the chance to speak to legal professionals, gain knowledge and advice as well as making valuable connections in the industry from an early age.
As a postgraduate who is fast approaching a conversion to law – and essentially a life changing period of my life – I am constantly wondering if I am the only one who desires more information, a comforting source of knowledge and perhaps a circle of like-minded people that are equally as nervous as me!
Commercial awareness is understanding that being a lawyer involves much more than just knowing the law – you have to know your clients’ businesses and the sectors they operate in to be able to help them achieve their commercial aims.
Competition for training contracts is high. In its 2018 annual student recruitment survey, the Institute of Student Employers reported that law firms receive 22 applications for every training contract vacancy they advertise.