Networking – Asking the RIGHT Questions

As students prepare to return to universities, whether physically or virtually, law firms will be scheduling visits to careers fairs, networking events and planning insight days, all of which are great opportunities to broaden your knowledge of the firm and network with its employees. This article outlines the types of questions prospective applicants should be …

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The Linklaters Pathfinder Scheme: Getting your foot in the door as a First Year Law Student

Matthew Berrick recently spoke with Nat Swartland who decided to write this guest piece. The aim of this article is to share his experience of securing a spot on the Linklaters  Pathfinder Scheme. Feel free to contact Matthew Berrick or Nat Swartland on LinkedIn if you have any further questions regarding this article. Over to Nat for his insight! Being …

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The 2020 Pinsent Masons Vacation Scheme

This article aims to share the insight of individuals who experienced the Vacation Scheme with Pinsent Masons this year as well as the perspective of the Graduate Recruitment team at Pinsent Masons. The first half of the article Matthew Berrick speaks with Lauren Moore who had applied for the Manchester office and Callum Simpson who …

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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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10 steps to writing successful training contract applications

With the training contract and vacation scheme application season being just around the corner, here are 10 easy-to-follow steps that will help you turn a good application into a great one: 1. Have a clear structure One way to make your application stand out is by being organised in the way you present your answers. …

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What does being authentic mean?

Matthew Berrick recently spoke with Matthew Leake who agreed to write this guest piece on what it means to be authentic. Matthew Leake has secured a training contract with Herbert Smith Freehills and aims to share his insight in this guest piece. Feel free to contact Matthew Berrick or Matthew Leake on LinkedIn if you have any further …

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Insight into the Stephen Lawrence and Making Links Scholarships

There is no doubt that diversity and inclusion is very important in the legal sector. Although there is still a great amount of work to be done in order to promote the diversity in the commercial world, there are law firms and other organisations who have taken a lead on this matter and provided amazing …

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How to secure an overseas internship?

Where? In this article I will speak about my experience in the Summer of 2018 and how I was able to secure overseas internships. By securing sponsorship from a foundation I was fortunate to undertake several internships which commenced in June and ended in August. In Washington D.C. I interned with the United States Congress …

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Researching law firms…the right way

Doing the right research when applying to law firms is the first, and arguably the most crucial, step in the application process. This article will discuss the importance of research and how to go about doing it the right way. The importance of research Understand the legal market You might be surprised to hear that …

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LPC vs. SQE: Which Exam Should I take?

Currently, to qualify as a solicitor under the current system, the SRA requires a qualifying law degree (or GDL), an LPC qualification and to complete a two-year period of training, known as the training contract. You must also meet the SRA’s criteria on character and suitability. The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is a new set …

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