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Letter of the week

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How to tell the different types of City firm apart

I want to pursue a career at a large City firm, but the various terms that such firms use to describe themselves – ‘international’, ‘global’, ‘magic circle’ and others – have got me confused. Do these various terms essentially mean the same thing? 

How do I find out about law fairs near me?

Everyone tells me that I should be attending law fairs if I want to meet firms and recruiters, but what's the best way to find out when they are?

What do the differences between national and City firms mean for candidates?

I’m confused about the difference between national and City firms – both types often seem to have London offices and work for high-quality clients. For a prospective trainee solicitor, what really distinguishes a national firm from other types of law firm? 

Time limits on the validity of the law degree, GDL LPC and BPTC

I’m confused by the complicated guidance on how long legal qualifications are valid for. Once I graduate from my law degree, how long do I have to qualify as a solicitor before it expires?

How to choose an LPC provider

I am thinking about where to study my Legal Practice Course. It seems that more and more firms have tie-ins with law schools, only sending their future trainees to that institution. Does this mean that the provider I pick will affect where I can apply for a training contract?