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.

03/07/2018
Top 10 brainless blunders that could cost you your training contract

Samantha Hope - Top 10 brainless blunders that could cost you your training contract

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.

21/06/2018
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.

11/06/2018
My journey to law as a career changer and mature candidate

Salim Stephenson - My journey to law as a career changer and mature candidate

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!

05/06/2018
What is a general counsel and why has the role become so important at many law firms?

Josh Richman - What is a general counsel and why has the role become so important at many law firms?

The role of general counsel (GC) has become an increasingly popular appointment at top law firms, belatedly mirroring its rise among commercial companies. GCs are in-house lawyers at large companies tasked with overseeing legal issues and advice across their organisations.

29/05/2018
Finished the LPC, but no training contract yet?

Josh Richman - Finished the LPC, but no training contract yet?

If you have graduated from the Legal Practice Course and still don’t have a training contract, you're not alone.