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Drone on.

There are many reasons why studying full time is not always viable, the need to continue working not least among them. In addition to outlining the part-time GDL, LPC and BPTC, this week’s Feature also explores the relatively new approach that some firms are taking – studying the LPC part time during the training contract and thus bypassing the fees-related concerns which make many candidates think twice. Elsewhere, the LC.N Says questions the received wisdom on firms’ retention rates and the Burning Question examines the legal implications as civilian drones start to fill the skies. Happy/dystopian reading!

PS The nominations for the LC.N Awards 2015 have been announced – see which firms have been nominated for stellar training and recruitment this year.


Meet the Lawyer

Emma McPeake - Irwin Mitchell

Real estate lawyer Emma McPeake hopes to visit Antarctica one day; in the meantime, excitement can be found in her dream firm, Irwin Mitchell. Read on to learn more about her career and the advice she has to offer.

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Brochure focus

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

“Expect the exceptional” at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where as a trainee you will be working at the heart of an elite global firm.

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Burning Question

Remote regulations: RPAS, drones and UAV

Is too much red tape preventing the UK drone industry from flying high?

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Meet the Recruiter

Alex Mundy - Dentons

Alex Mundy has heaps of graduate recruitment experience and advice on how to impress (and what to avoid) when applying to Dentons. Read on for her pearls of wisdom.

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The Oracle

Applying with a drink driving conviction

I am a second-year law student currently serving a two-year driving disqualification for drunk-driving. Could this conviction prevent me from becoming a corporate lawyer?

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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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LC.N Blogs

Approaches to applications
Tom W

For many students this is the time of year when their first application window for vacation schemes will be coming to an end, with many of the later deadlines being at the end of February and the beginning of March.

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LC.N Says

Are retention rates as important as they are made out to be?
Matt Broadbent

If you read any legal press targeted toward future lawyers at this time of year, you can be confident that you will be assailed by plenty of stories that centre on retention rates.

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Best in Law

LC.N Awards Winner 2014


The recruitment process is excellent - geared at getting to know the person and whether they are a right fit instead of trying to catch them out.

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Take 5

Apply direct

These five chambers are among those which require pupillage applications direct to them, rather than through the Pupillage Gateway – and like all chambers, their deadlines are coming up:

2 King's Bench Walk (31 March) »
Deans Court Chambers (2 April) »
Five Paper (3 April) »
12 College Place (17 April) »
QEB Hollis Whiteman (26 April) »



Kawa, Guimaraes & Associates Solicitors - Trainee solicitor

Kawa, Guimaraes & Associates Solicitors, based in London, is looking to recruit between two – four trainee solicitors to start almost immediately in April 2015.

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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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