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.

Recent posts

18/09/2018
How Twitter can boost your law career

Bethany Wren - How Twitter can boost your law career

It’s no secret that everybody and their dog (literally) has a Twitter account to interact with friends and followers, and to post life’s most important updates: from what you’re having for dinner to your latest holiday snaps. But while you’re commenting on the most recent Love Island episode, or bemoaning your latest course assignment, law firms, barrister chambers and recruiters are also on social media, and there’s a chance that they could be seeing everything that you are doing.

13/09/2018
Five reasons why you should consider social welfare law

Mandy Groves - Five reasons why you should consider social welfare law

From early on in my law degree I knew that the corporate world wasn’t for me, despite the cuts brought in by LASPO and many other barriers to becoming a legal aid lawyer.

11/09/2018
Five top tips for flawless LawCareersNetLIVE (and training contract) applications

Sinead Dineen - Five top tips for flawless LawCareersNetLIVE (and training contract) applications

If you want to be in with a chance of attending one of the LawCareersNetLIVE student conferences which take place in London and Manchester in December, you need to submit a top-class application which is very similar to a law firm training contract application.

21/08/2018
Mental health and mitigating circumstances

Rosie Watterson - Mental health and mitigating circumstances

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.

16/08/2018
As BAME aspiring barristers, the odds of success are against us...but why?

Blessing Mukosha Park - As BAME aspiring barristers, the odds of success are against us...but why?

The headline in a recent article for Counsel magazine read “White students twice as likely to get pupillage”. This isn't the first report or statistical breakdown that has shown that Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) people who aspire to the Bar are less likely to make it. As a black girl aspiring to the Bar I can see how information like this might deter me. Read on to see why I'm more determined than ever to break beyond the statistical barriers and succeed.

13/08/2018
Commercial awareness: what does it mean and how do I show firms that I have it?

Josh Richman - Commercial awareness: what does it mean and how do I show firms that I have it?

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.