Prioritising your wellbeing during lockdown: Q&A with Linklaters

Life as an aspiring commercial lawyer can be challenging. Juggling everyday responsibilities, such as studying, working, and extra-curricular activities, alongside law firm applications, requires good time-management skills and resilience. Yet along the way, it becomes all too easy to neglect one’s most basic self-care rituals, such as sleeping, socialising and exercising. Prioritising mental and physical …

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Application Season For First Time Applicants

During the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a number of aspiring lawyers contact me about the application process. Many are applying for the first time. They feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available for aspiring lawyers and don’t know where to start. In this article I discuss some FAQs that I’ve received from …

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Training as a commercial solicitor in Leeds

For this article, The Legal Line Up co-founder Gemma Shohet spoke with Martyna Sikora and Jack Wray about why they chose to train at their respective firms in Leeds. Jack is a second seat trainee at Eversheds Sutherland’s Leeds office and a First-class graduate in Law from the University of Leeds. His first seat was …

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A 2 minute guide to effective networking

With the 2020/21 academic year fast approaching, a new application season is looming, meaning commercial law firms will soon be scouting new recruits. Central to the recruitment process is networking. In this article, I’ll be breaking down the term ‘networking’: what it is and why to do it, as well as when, where and how …

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How COVID-19 is Affecting Law Firms and What This Means for Aspiring Lawyers

COVID-19 is affecting all businesses and law firms are no exception. This article offers a brief introduction to the impact of COVID-19 on the legal industry by answering 3 key questions in relation to firms’ business models, practice areas and recruitment processes.  1. How are law firms adjusting their business models in response to COVID-19?  …

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7 ways to become a stronger applicant during lockdown

With many summer work placements being cancelled or postponed, and the academic year drawing to a close, the question of how to develop the skills required to secure a Vacation Scheme or Training Contract may be on your mind. Here’s 7 ways to become a stronger applicant from home: 1.    Online internships Inside Sherpa …

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