Legal Cheek's Alex Aldridge meets three lawyers who took the legal apprenticeship route before it became fashionable.
Cambridge University Law Society duo respond to backlash generated by Legal Cheek article about alcohol-fuelled Oxbridge social events put on by law firms.
The legal profession has made huge amounts of progress in their treatment of gay lawyers, but tricky issues remain, discovers Alex Aldridge as he visits one of the leading LGBT network in the City.
To land a top pupillage or training contract, students need to show they have what it takes to thrive in a much-changed environment.
What's it like advising east London tech entrepreneurs about the law?
23 Essex Street junior Vicky Gainza finds the Crown Prosecution Service's threat to withhold work from striking barristers scary — but not as scary as the alternative of doing nothing to prevent the government's legal aid cuts.
Bagging a scholarship isn't as hard as students often imagine.
Final year Cambridge law students Zahra Mashhood and Loviisa Langdon consider the impact of recent moves by the legal profession to draw graduates from a wider pool.
Most law students would consider the prospect of being excluded by their university to be a nightmare. But not Michael Segalov.
We met one of the winners of Clifford Chance's much-talked about 'CV blind' scheme.
Earlier this week a leaked email revealed that law students were the worst performers at an Oxford University college. Given the more challenging nature of a law degree relative to most arts degrees, perhaps this should come as no surprise. But it does beg the question whether studying law in the high-pressure surroundings of Oxford... Read more »
In autumn we reported on the glamour model who has used an Amazon Wishlist, and some rather racy photos, to fund the cost of her law textbooks as she completes an LLB. While admiring Vanessa Knowles' entrepreneurship, we also expressed concern at how law firms would respond to such a daring approach. So it was... Read more »
The growing separation between recovering London and the struggling rest of the country poses an interesting question for wannabe lawyers: is it currently an advantage to be studying in the capital — with its universities' links to top international law firms — than in the relatively moribund regions? Recent Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)... Read more »
We gathered together Young Barristers' Committee chair Hannah Kinch, Citizenship Foundation programme manager Paul Bower and Hardwicke barrister Charles Bagot — and grilled them about the Bar's relationship with corporate social responsibility (CSR). Pictured above, in order, from left to right, Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge, Kinch, Bower and Bagot.
The new Inns of Court subsidy scheme to help publicly-funded chambers offer more pupillages caused quite a stir when it was announced last month. Legal Cheek reporter Thomas Connelly, who completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Northumbria University last year, met up with recent University of Law BPTC graduate Lorraine Kudom to discuss... Read more »
One of the main problems faced by law students as they attempt to land training contracts and pupillages is having to make important career decisions so early. For Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) chief Charles Plant — who used to be a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills — the situation is absurd, as he made clear... Read more »
Earlier this year Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks urged students to make time to "dream" before embarking upon their careers. "Seemingly the least practical activity turns out to be the most practical, and most often left undone," he wrote in The Times. "Dreams are where we visit the many lands and landscapes of human possibility and... Read more »
If the Midlands-based LLB student behind 'Things Law Students Don't Say' was to mobilise the 20,000 people who have liked his Facebook page, he might be able to bring about a small revolution. At the very least these army of legal hopefuls would be able to seize the Inns of Court, with the page's fanbase... Read more »
A year after finishing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Queen Mary University of London law graduate Carmody Wilson (pictured below) is still without a training contract...
The idyllic life of the undergraduate came crashing to a halt this week for thousands of wannabe lawyers as they begun the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Among these poor souls are Edinburgh University philosophy graduate Josh Boyden and St Andrews French graduate Natasha Seel (pictured below) — who made the short journey north from Kaplan... Read more »
Once upon a time, when higher education was free and jobs plentiful, a generation of slackers bounded decadently through university, scraped 2:1s, before gently easing themselves into the working world after multiple gap years. Legal Cheek's Kevin Poulter and Alex Aldridge remember this time fondly. But things have changed, as the experience of this week's... Read more »
Like many young hopefuls, Thomas Connelly and Nathan Akhavan-Moossavi both found themselves drawn to the Bar. Connelly, who is an editorial assistant at Legal Cheek, has gone furthest towards realising the dream, completing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and working as a county court advocate. Meanwhile, law and German graduate Akhavan-Moossavi, who will shortly... Read more »
Cambridge law student Sebastian Salek (pictured above left with Legal Cheek's Tom Webb and Kevin Poulter) caused a storm in June after his blog post about his law exam alerted the national press to this memorably X-rated problem question...
It's a confusing time for future legal aid barristers. On Friday a lucky few obtained pupillage, as existing members of the Bar roared encouragement to the not-so-lucky ones... Very best of luck to all those seeking pupillage. If you're not successful today don't give up. — Boro Barrister (@borobarrister) August 2, 2013 Yet just days... Read more »
Amid the thrills of YourBarristerBoyfriend's sensational arrival on the scene last week, there were — this being a Tumblr about the law — some anxious murmurings about the legality of ranking "barrister hotties". Should the poor lambs who'd been featured in the list of the most attractive barristers in London have first been asked for... Read more »