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Diversity in Law: the Financial Hurdles

October 17, 2017

A quick search of the phrase “working class law” on Google provides you with approximately 31,400,000 results. The top hit is an article from The Guardian and it informs the reader that “Poshness Tests” are thwarting the career prospects of talented working class applicants and are, unsurprisingly, reinforcing division. It has long been a stereotype…

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Is Being a Lawyer Like the TV Show Suits

October 16, 2017

Many popular television series today aim to imitate life in a fictional way and expose parts of life that are unseen by the average person. Whether that means a series about the inside of a prison, the life of a doctor or the legal world, viewers are intrigued by the fact they can live vicariously,…

Weekly News Summary – 13th October 2017

October 13, 2017

Welcome to another Lawyer Portal weekly news summary. This week’s post will cover the legal news stories from 6th October 2017 to the 11th October 2017. This week a father has lost a damages claim against an IVF clinic in London, a challenge to GCHQ’s use of non-specific warrants to authorise the bulk hacking of…

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The Guide to Good Commercial Awareness

October 12, 2017

Good commercial awareness is a buzzword that shows up on any website about training contracts and is a quality that all firms look for in their future trainees. But what is good commercial awareness and how can you demonstrate to your interviewers that you have it? In the legal context, commercial awareness can be summed…

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The Big Debate: Is Brexit’s Impact on Law Firms Beneficial or Detrimental

October 11, 2017

  Brexit, Brexit, Brexit. Many have debated over the potential perks and disadvantages of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. But how does Brexit affect law firms in the UK? And is it for the better or the worse? Here’s the debate. The Big Debate: Brexit is Beneficial to UK Law Firms   “Taken as…

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Law and Technology: The Lawyer of the Future

October 10, 2017

  You probably haven’t heard of Justin Kan, but he might just be the man who drags law firms and legal services into the 21st century. Based in Silicon Valley, he founded Twitch.tv, which he sold to Amazon for $1bn. He then founded Cruise, a producer of self-driving trucks, and sold it to General Motors…

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Life of a London Law Student: Surviving Law School

October 9, 2017

  This week’s guest blog is from UCL law graduate and writer Lorraine Chimbga, who founded the website Life of a London Law Student. She was awarded the Best International Future Lawyer Award, 2017 by AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers. Here, Lorraine details the four main lessons she learnt from her time as a…

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Weekly Law News Summary – 6th October 2017

October 6, 2017

  Welcome to another Lawyer Portal weekly law news summary. This week´s post will cover the legal news stories from 29th September 2017 to the 4th October 2017. This week we saw the immediate aftermath of the controversial Catalan independence referendum which took place on Sunday 1st October, a march for a change to Irish…

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Law Work Experience: Citizens Advice Bureau

October 4, 2017

  Initially I struggled to find law work experience opportunities open to college students however after speaking with a family friend who works as a solicitor, I took his advice to apply to volunteer with Citizens Advice. The charity Citizens Advice was founded in 1939 as an organisation that offers free and independent advice to people…

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Choosing the Law Firm That’s Right for You

October 3, 2017

Training contract applications are time consuming, especially when you’re trying to do them alongside full-time study or work. It’s really important to focus your efforts and make sure that you’re not wasting time applying to law firms that aren’t the right fit for you and your future career. So, what factors should you be considering…

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