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Legal Work Experience - Hong Kong

Legal Work Experience: Hong Kong

June 29, 2017

In the summer of 2014, I interned at the Hong Kong Department of Justice for two months. Unlike the usual selection criteria for summer vacation placements at law firms (CV/application form, followed by interviews and assessment days), an internship place with any governmental department in Hong Kong requires only three types of information from applicants:…

4 ways to get involved in debating

4 Ways to Get Involved with Debating at Uni

June 28, 2017

A debating society is a great way to practice before you get into the legal world. It allows you to research, state your arguments and present your case. It can be a rare opportunity to showcase yourself and strengthen your skills. This is helpful if you do not have a vacation scheme, as this can…

Artificial Intelligence Law

Artificial Intelligence Law: Is AI Taking Over

June 27, 2017

Artificial intelligence law and the use of technology within the legal profession have been recent hot topics. Just last year it was announced that students at University College London and the University of Sheffield had successfully developed artificial intelligence software that can predict the outcome of human rights cases by analysing previous court judgements. This…

Residential tower block

Weekly News Summary – 26th June 2017

June 26, 2017

Welcome to your Lawyer Portal weekly news summary. This post will cover the legal news stories from 19th – 25th June. This week the Grenfell Tower tragedy sparks discussions about its possible legal consequences, a father from the Isle of Wight loses his legal battle over his daughter’s absence from school and the Supreme Court…

Pro Bono

Pro Bono Experience: Jenny

June 22, 2017

If you struggle to find law work experience, you could always start off by participating in pro bono work first, which is free legal volunteering. One of my most recent pro bono experiences was a placement with law firm, Reed Smith LLP, which I attended last month. How should I look for pro bono work?…

LLB Revision

LLB Revision: Top 10 Tips

June 20, 2017

As it gets closer to summer exam time, the thought of revision might be slowly starting to creep into your mind. Revising for your LLB exams can be a daunting task, but there are plenty of ways to prepare. Although everyone is likely to have different revision techniques, here are a few top tips to get…

Abortion in Northern Ireland

Weekly News Summary – 19th June 2017

June 19, 2017

Welcome to the latest Lawyer Portal weekly news summary. This post will cover the legal news stories from 12th  – 18th June. In this week’s news; lawyers line up to offer free help to Grenfell Tower residents in the wake of the devastating fire which engulfed the 24-storey tower block on 14th June, the Solicitors…

Vacation Scheme Applications, Vacation Scheme Experience

Vacation Scheme Experience: Dorothy

June 15, 2017

Wondering what a vacation scheme is like? Our writer, Dorothy, was offered a vacation scheme prior to finishing the Legal Practice Course (LPC). I completed my vacation scheme in August 2016 and it lasted for two weeks. I was recommended by someone who worked at my previous placement. She had a friend who specialised in…


Commercial Awareness Case Study: Starbucks

June 14, 2017

At one point or another, all law students and hopeful lawyers hear the mysterious phrase “commercial awareness”. When applying for vacation schemes or training contracts, you might find yourself completely bombarded with this term and yet the meaning remains elusive. Commercial awareness essentially refers to your general knowledge of business, particularly your work experience, as…

Legal Work Experience

5 Things I Learned on Legal Work Experience

June 13, 2017

Gaining work experience is essential to starting a career in any sector – and this is especially important for pursuing a career in law. It is equally important, however, to make the most of any legal work experience opportunity. In this post, I’ll reflect on my various experiences of working in legal environments and give you…


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