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Solicitors   |   Barristers   |   Courses   |   MyLCN   |   Beginner's Guide

Postgraduate possibilities.

To become a solicitor or barrister, you will need to do some form of postgraduate study. Courses can vary hugely in terms of length and optional content, while the choice of when to start will be governed by your personal circumstances and when you are hoping to commence training. This week’s newsletter helpfully weighs up the postgraduate options, with useful information about each to help you in your decisions. The Oracle advises one reader on choosing an LPC provider, while the LCN Says examines the GDL and its relationship to the potential SQE, and the Feature looks in-depth at part-time routes into the legal profession. Meanwhile, the week’s News includes a report on the lawyers fighting the ‘snoopers’ charter’ and the Supreme Court’s damning verdict on the legal aid residence test.  

PS LCN is looking for more contributors to join our thriving blogging community. If you have a passion for law and want to write about your experiences (and get paid for your trouble), we want to hear from you.

Meet the Lawyer

Beth Fryer - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Beth Fryer enjoys an unusual mix of both contentious and non-contentious work in her role as a construction lawyer at Charles Russell Speechlys. Learn more about her path from student to trainee to associate at this dynamic firm.
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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Brochure Focus


Having emerged from a period of immense change and growth, BLM is looking to continue its evolution onto the international stage. Read on to find out more about the exciting opportunities that this could mean for you.
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Burning Question

Changes to the 'non-dom' rules: the countdown begins

With just a year to go until the new 'non-dom' rules are due to come into force on 6 April 2017, what could the changes mean for 'non-dom' individuals currently resident in the United Kingdom or planning to return in the future? 

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Changes to the 'non-dom' rules: the countdown begins

Meet the Recruiter

Sarah Harte - Taylor Wessing

Sarah Harte is Taylor Wessing’s graduate recruitment officer – this way for advice on applying for a training contract at this full-service commercial firm that is also famed for its swanky roof-terrace socials.
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Taylor Wessing

Best in Law


The training, support and responsibility you get from day one is fantastic. Secondment opportunities, direct client relationships and exposure to high-profile deals are all enhanced by the firm's policy of trying to ensure that there is only one trainee in each department, per office.
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LCN Awards Winner 2015



Part-time routes to law: postgraduate courses and combined study training contracts

There are many reasons why full-time study followed by training might not be right for you, two of the most common being finances and family/caring commitments. Don’t worry though; there are part-time opportunities throughout the academic and training process.
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The Oracle

The Oracle

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?
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LCN Blogs

The cut-throat law degree and the new 2:2

The cut-throat law degree and the new 2:2

Mariya M
Is it true that in the increasingly competitive legal sector, the seemingly well-respected 2:1 is now only as good as a 2:2?
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LCN Says

Giles Proctor - Graduate into law: how to ensure your GDL gives you a headstart under the SQE

Graduate into law: how to ensure your GDL gives you a headstart under the SQE

Giles Proctor
The Graduate Diploma in Law is a popular and established route into the legal profession for non-law graduates who decide to pursue a legal career. However the training regime for would-be solicitors, overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, looks set to change in 2018-19.
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Take 5

Law firm - law school partnerships

Ever more firms are linking up with postgraduate providers to exclusively train their future trainees. Here are just five:

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (University of Law)

Jones Day (BPP University Law School)

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP (University of Law)

Norton Rose Fulbright (BPP University Law School)

Duncan Gibbins Solicitors (Manchester Law School)

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Leadenhall Law Group - Trainees and paralegals

Leadenhall Law Group are looking for potential trainees who have passed their LPC. It is desirable, but not necessary, that you have some conveyancing experience as a paralegal with a private law firm.
If this vacancy no longer appears on LawCareers.Net then it has been filled, but keep checking the Jobs section for all the latest vacancies.
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Latest news

Snoopers’ charter: lawyers fight for clients’ rights to privacy

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Supreme Court throws out discriminatory legal aid residence test in minutes in humiliation for Gove

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Law and business: commercial news round-up 21.04.16

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Fletchers and Ashfords launch apprenticeship schemes

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City firms join Aspiring Solicitors at event promoting disabilities awareness

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Upcoming events

London / Various dates in April and May 2016

QED Law revision seminars 2016

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Newcastle / 13/05/2016

Northumbria Law School open day

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Nottingham / 22/06/2016

Nottingham Law School professional courses and LLM masters drop-in event

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What is LC.N Weekly?

LC.N Weekly is our free weekly newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date with all the issues relating to finding a career in the legal profession. Each week we analyse firms, write features, seek out the most important legal news stories and much, much more - all sent straight to your inbox. Over 50,000 already receive the newsletter; why not join them?

Each week you will receive:

News: We provide an ongoing news service for you, highlighting key stories from the legal press and elsewhere. The emphasis is, of course, on training and recruitment issues, but we cover all the big law stories too.

Meet the Recruiter: Every fortnight we delve into the mind of a recruiter to find out what they do, what makes them tick and what they are looking for in a candidate. And of course we get them to answer the all-important favourite biscuit question!

Burning Question: All law firms want their lawyers and their trainees to have commercial awareness. This means that you need to know what's going on in the business world. Each week we pose a burning question and ask a real lawyer or trainee to write a short answer.

The Oracle: We often receive requests for help and advice from future trainees and pupils. We've now formalised this process in a 'problem page' format. The Oracle will help you solve all those tricky problems relating to the recruitment process. Letters of particular interest, or letters that serve to illustrate common issues, are published in the newsletters and on the site. Whether published or not, every letter that we receive gets an answer.

Features: Every fortnight we publish a new feature article designed to increase your knowledge of the recruitment process or the legal profession as a whole. Some are produced in-house, others by experts from firms, chambers, universities and bodies within the legal community.

LC.N Diary: Many firms are travelling the country to meet candidates and raise their own profiles. By consulting our diary you'll know what events are happening near you (ie, who will be there, and when and where the events take place).