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.

18/12/2018
Emotion and lawyers

Elizabeth Rimmer - Emotion and lawyers

Some think there is no place for emotion in the law and believe emotions interfere with rational thinking. Law students are trained to ‘think like a lawyer’, suppressing and ignoring their emotions, which is not beneficial to wellbeing. In fact there is a huge body of scientific evidence which proves cognition and emotion are intertwined.


Law students, mental health and stress: keeping up appearances

Elizabeth Rimmer - Law students, mental health and stress: keeping up appearances

Your vocational, professional legal training is the first step toward what we hope will be a rewarding and successful career, but many law students feel it is important to keep up appearances. There is a belief that in order to look good, you have to give the impression that you are a potential professional with ambition and drive.

11/12/2018
Personality: don't fake it, make it!

Samantha Hope - Personality: don't fake it, make it!

How can you get across your personality whilst also highlighting your skills and legal experience on the application form? Here I share my top tips on how you can enhance your employability by developing your personality.

04/12/2018
Where to start as a mature candidate changing careers into law

Adele Edwin-Lamerton - Where to start as a mature candidate changing careers into law

Often, when I tell people that I am involved with the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society, the first question they ask me is “what age does that go up to?” My response is that the ‘junior’ refers to post-qualification experience and that age isn’t actually a factor. At that point, the quizzical expression in their gaze disappears as they confirm to themselves that yes, I am indeed older than the average junior lawyer.

26/11/2018
What is the JLD and what does it do for me?

Amy Clowrey - What is the JLD and what does it do for me?

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is a division of The Law Society of England and Wales. The role of the JLD is to support, promote and represent its members from LPC students up to five years qualified across England and Wales, and ensure any development of the profession is in the best interests of those members. This includes organising forums for our members in London and the regions, as well as responding to consultations and lobbying for positive changes to the profession.