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.

10/07/2019
The GDL: We're all in the same boat, we just haven't met yet

Olivia Atkinson - The GDL: We're all in the same boat, we just haven't met yet

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!

09/07/2019
Commercial awareness: how to show firms you ‘think business’

Josh Richman - Commercial awareness: how to show firms you ‘think business’

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.

02/07/2019
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 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. 

25/06/2019
Extenuating circumstances in applications

Josh Richman - Extenuating circumstances in applications

All kinds of unfortunate things beyond our control can happen to put normal life on hold. Illness, bereavement, family problems - all are likely to affect every one of us at some point.

20/06/2019
Why choose family law?

Sharan Bhinder-Dhonsi - Why choose family law?

As a graduate undertaking the GDL, I was lucky enough to secure a part-time paralegal position at Barratt and Thomson Solicitors in Berkshire. The firm predominately focused on family law and I quickly realised that I had found my dream job.