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"My dream is to become a legal aid lawyer practicing social welfare law. I couldn't possibly afford to do it without sponsorship for the GDL and LPC, and I was lucky enough to be offered a training contract with a top firm. I accepted it with the hop...
10 Apr 2013 | 16:42 | 9 comments
"Perhaps I am missing something here - but is it really necessary to take another one and a half to two years off before returning to the law? Lots of women return to the law after much shorter maternity breaks than this..."
03 Apr 2013 | 12:09 | 11 comments
"When you finish a TC, all a new firm has to judge you on is the name of the firm you've trained at - it doesn't matter what great experience you may have had in your degree, it's the name of the university that counts..."
12 Nov 2012 | 09:46 | 7 comments
"The secretaries in our team are responsible for filing outgoing mail and faxes. What annoys me is we have to WALK PAST the secretaries' desks to file things like emails and handwritten file notes..."
30 Oct 2012 | 12:56 | 20 comments
"I am currently an in-house trainee solicitor working for a financial services company near London. I am due to qualify shortly and have been offered a newly qualified role with the company post-qualification. I would appreciate any advice/suggestion...
17 Sep 2012 | 00:00 | 4 comments
"I am a recent graduate in law (good 2:1) from a top 20 UK institution. I have also done a year abroad on my degree and I am about to take a second year abroad, whilst gaining non-law work experience. However, I am a BBB student at A-level and there a...
21 Aug 2012 | 15:17 | 40 comments
"At the senior end, QCs with lucrative paper practices probably enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle than magic circle partners with their billing targets and constant marketing/networking..."
24 Jul 2012 | 10:56 | 6 comments
After qualifying at a niche litigation firm two years ago, I did not have a newly-qualified job to go to. Since then, I have been working as a contract lawyer at quite a few international law firms in London, while also applying for junior commercial ...
03 Jul 2012 | 16:56 | 3 comments
"Excessive postgraduate qualifications are usually perceived as a reluctance to break away from university or desire to collect 'badges' rather than get stuck into doing work..."
29 May 2012 | 17:22 | 13 comments
"Don't get too crafty because that would bring your integrity into question. It's better to be honest and explain why you failed than to take a risk and then end up being grilled by a bunch of lawyers..."
23 May 2012 | 11:30 | 9 comments
"I studied the LPC part-time evening at the same time as doing my training contract and whilst I admit it was very hard and demanding, it prepared me for how demanding the profession can be"
10 May 2012 | 14:37 | 7 comments
"Having a qualification on a piece of paper, does not necessarily mean that you are any better than anybody else who has not followed the traditional path. I think it is about time many members of the profession stop being precious about PQE..."
23 Apr 2012 | 16:47 | 23 comments
"Here in San Francisco employers have the luxury of convenient and high calibre grad schools of Stanford and Berkeley, and one struggle you may have is setting yourself apart amongst the competition..."
12 Apr 2012 | 12:45 | 15 comments
""Because I really wanted to pursue corporate law I decided not to take the position in regulatory and instead went abroad to work in-house. To boost my business knowledge, the company I worked at suggested I get a MBA. By the time I complete my one-...
22 Mar 2012 | 10:36 | 16 comments
"My firm recently announced that they're planning to make a number of people redundant in my team, and it's been made known that they'd like people to come forward voluntarily. Until now I hadn't been looking to leave, but this has confirmed my suspic...
19 Jan 2012 | 17:03 | 23 comments
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