A recent Aspiring Solicitors careers day at Kaplan Law School saw two former City law insiders reveal some of the secrets to landing a TC at a top firm
Having explored ‘CV Blind’ and sampled an Aspiring Solicitors’ lunch, Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge gets a taste of the often-overlooked area of legal mentoring.
The resilience, drive and determination possessed by rough diamonds is underrated, Norton Rose Fulbright trainee recruitment manager Caroline Lindner tells Legal Cheek‘s Alex Aldridge as he visits an “Aspiring Solicitors” lunch hosted by the firm.
Legal Cheek’s Alex Aldridge meets three lawyers who took the legal apprenticeship route before it became fashionable.
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.
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…
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 »
There’s an assumption that the trade in essay and training contract application “model answers” is small scale. But the tale of Barclay Littlewood suggests otherwise. Having completed Bar school in 2002, and been unable to find a pupillage, the penniless Littlewood launched essay writing company All Answers Limited. By 2008 he had made the Sunday… Read more »
Despite the term’s omnipresence in the world of legal graduate recruitment, few wannabe lawyers properly understand what is meant by “commercial awareness”. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, we got together a hotshot junior commercial barrister, a magic circle trainee-to-be, a final year law student, a solicitor-turned-lecturer and a graduate recruitment specialist… Read more »
As you’d expect, Myles Jackman – aka “Obscenity Lawyer” – has some great stories. My personal favourite is the one about a man he represented who had the largest collection of porn ever found in the country – including objects so unwieldy that they required the police to use six six-foot high pallets when confiscating… Read more »
As Hardwicke Building found out last week, lawyers who enjoy writing in their free time can sometimes cause problems. But, on balance, most barristers’ chambers and law firms look favourably on applicants with a few bylines to their name – and as the Barbara Hewson furore fades, that seems unlikely to change. Certainly, blogging helped… Read more »
Exam season is upon us: students up and down the country are frantically highlighting, cultivating coffee addictions, weeping and – if urban legend is to be believed – tearing key pages out of library books to gain a competitive edge. Blogger Lucy Pether (pictured with me below), who combines her Legal Cheek editorial duties with… Read more »
The path from the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to paralegal purgatory is a well trodden one. Sadly, most of those purgatory-dwellers never make it to pupillage heaven. But what if you were to subvert this natural order and, say, become a paralegal before doing the BPTC, gleaning valuable experience and contacts at a much… Read more »
In just two months, with a mere 284 tweets, anonymous law student ‘LawVicissitudes’ has taken Twitter by storm, hauling in almost 6,000 followers with his brilliant #LawStudentProblems. Yesterday, Legal Cheek blogger Lucy Pether and I went to meet the bright young thing behind some of the most memorable legal tweets of the year, including “#LawTips:… Read more »
Earlier this month Law Society chief Lucy Scott-Moncrieff caused some raised eyebrows when she claimed that the legal profession is “very well suited to flexible working”. It’s easy to say such things, of course, but what’s it like to oversee a flexible working regime in practice? Nicky Richmond, managing partner of London law firm Brecher,… Read more »
Legal Cheek‘s Kevin Poulter has just asked Attorney General Dominic Grieve what he meant by his comment last night that criminal barristers “would be foolish to resist” the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). Grieve’s response is below… “The point I was making last night,” the Attorney General told Poulter, was that to “go on… Read more »
Forget the rights and wrongs of the decision by two Tooks’ barristers to start a company charging wannabes for pupillage application advice from their head of chambers, Michael Mansfield QC. And consider how it reflects on the wider criminal Bar… In the good old days, when publicly funded legal work was well-remunerated, barristers would never… Read more »
Anthony Lyons is a charming, intelligent part-time LPC student who works as a paralegal at top London law firm Mishcon de Reya. What’s more, Lyons boasts an entrepreneurial zeal, organising the #AskaTrainee Twitter Q&A through his impressive social media following. In short, he’s the sort of person who you’d expect to walk into a training… Read more »
Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff raised eyebrows in the City last week when she suggested that some of its law firms had promoted “mediocre men” who in a true meritocracy “would never even have seen the paintings on the boardroom wall”. And Scott-Moncrieff is in no mood to backtrack as, in an exclusive interview, she… Read more »
When pushed to get out and flaunt their wares, many lawyers tend to think (but rarely say) stuff like: “I did not go into law to become a salesperson.” These snobs are doomed for the scrapheap, reckons legal careers guru Heather Townsend – although she puts it rather more diplomatically than that, as she tells… Read more »
Incredibly, Yusuf Solley landed the first pupillage he applied for – with the Government Legal Service (GLS) then paying his way through the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). But despite being involved in some fantastic work at, amongst other departments, the Attorney-General’s Office, Solley yearned to be on his feet in court… So after qualifying… Read more »
Over a bottle or two of the finest Tesco Value red wine, the Legal Cheek team deliver their reflections on 2012 – and predictions for 2013…