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A-Level Choices: How to Decide

February 23, 2018

If you’re interested in a career in law, you’ve probably been told to consider doing the ‘right’ A-level subjects, to give you the best chance of avoiding disappointment later. But do they even exist?! While law schools don’t have specific subject requirements, there are some factors to keep in mind when choosing your A-levels. Want…

What NOT to Do in a Video Interview

February 22, 2018

Talking to a webcam as part of a video interview can often feel like a rather unnatural process, but it is becoming more and more popular amongst law firms as part of their assessment process. Therefore, it is important to get it right! Here are some top tips that will lead to your success in…

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4 Essential Law Firm Research Strategies

February 21, 2018

Competition for training contracts is fierce and it is therefore critical that you are able to demonstrate an extensive understanding of the firm that you are applying to and its business. Here are some key ways that you can ensure that you research the firm effectively… Want to learn more about what firms expect from…

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5 Biggest Mistakes People Make on Law Firm Application Forms

February 20, 2018

“The rules dictate that you must be precise as the law is a precise endeavour” – Mike Ross, Suits Having completed more than my fair share of application forms for workshops, vacation schemes and training contracts, I can assure you that all application forms should be proofread multiple times through the prism of precision. After…

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Is Being a Law Student Like the TV Show How to Get Away With Murder

February 19, 2018

How to Get Away with Murder is a legal crime drama created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes, and starring Viola Davis as protagonist Annalise Keating. Annalise is a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot. Fortunately, the likelihood of you becoming…

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3 Secrets to Impress a Pupillage Interviewer

February 16, 2018

A typical first-round pupillage interview is 10-15 minutes. Even a second-round session might not be longer than 20. That’s not a lot of time to make the impression that is going to get you a career that (you hope!) will be your passion for years to come. So what can you do to maximise your…

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Regional Law Firms vs City Law Firms: Where Should You Work

February 15, 2018

Finding a training contract can be hard work, but finding a training contract that’s actually the right fit for you can be even worse. There are thousands of law firms in England alone, and all vary in size, practice areas, age and location. So, when it comes to graduation, and actually entering the legal world,…

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How to Dress for a Legal Interview

February 14, 2018

I’ve written before about five ways to enhance your interview skills, but there is one vital thing missing: how to dress for a legal interview. Figures from Classes and Careers show that 67% of employers said clothes could be the deciding factor between two candidates. As such, your interview attire is quite important. You need to…

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5 Key Qualities Law Firms Look For in Applicants

February 13, 2018

A training contract application is like a sales pitch to a potential employer. There are no hard and fast rules on what you should and shouldn’t include in your application. However, there are certain key qualities that law firms seek in their future trainees, which you should make sure to demonstrate in your application. Want…

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The 5 Best Questions to Ask on an Open Day

February 12, 2018

Going on an open day to a law firm can be extremely daunting. It therefore helps to be prepared with several intelligent questions that will really make you stand out to graduate recruitment for all the right reasons! Want to learn more about what firms expect from you and how to impress them? Book a…


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