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Insider tips – working as a Trainee Solicitor

Guest blog by Nitika Patel, Trainee Solicitor at CMS:
I thoroughly enjoyed my law degree at LSE and I believe it gave me a strong foundation on the subject. Being surrounded by driven and motivated students, I found myself applying for insight days from my very first year. This proved invaluable as I gained exposure to different law firms, their […]

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What are you expecting from a Training Contract?

In this blog, Sarah Stockley from Vinson & Elkins explains why understanding how a firm structures its programme is an important factor. She started her training contract at Vinson & Elkins in 2006 and then qualified into the Complex Commercial Litigation department in 2008. Sarah was an associate and senior associate until the beginning of 2016, when she transitioned […]

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You don’t have to have a law degree to become a lawyer

You don’t have to have a law degree to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Many legal employers recruit up to 50% of their trainees from non-law degrees.
So what do you need?

excitement at the prospect of working closely with clients across all industry sectors (energy, financial services, social media, health – the law gets everywhere) to solve their […]

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Insider tips blog series from alumni and employers

Throughout the past few months, we’ve posted blogs from LSE alumni and employers about what it’s like to work in certain sectors, including their advice for current students.
In this blog you can find a recap of what they said – check out previous posts too and look out for more posts this year!

Training contracts and beyond
Guest blog by Emma […]

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Soham Panchamiya – Trainee Solicitor, DLA Piper

Soham Panchamiya completed the LLB Law at LSE  in 2013. He now works as a Trainee Solicitor at DLA Piper.
“Try and get some work experience beforehand – it’s the best way to figure out whether a law firm will actually suit you and your interests.”
Find out more about Soham Panchamiya and his experiences on his graduate profile page.

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Insider tips – training contracts and beyond

Guest blog by Emma Minihan (LSE LLB 2009) who is a Lawyer in the Government Legal Department:

Applying to GLD
I applied for my training contract in my final year of study at LSE, having decided during my second year that I didn’t want to be a lawyer! I found out about GLD (or Treasury Solicitor’s Department as it was then) […]

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How to make the most of a client secondment from a law firm

Guest blog by Thomas Manjaly (LLB, 2011) who is an Associate at Vinson & Elkins RLLP:
‘How would you like to join a client on secondment for six months?’ The question from my supervising partner was out of the blue but it taught me a lesson which would serve me well during my time at the client – to expect […]

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    Greg Robins – Senior Solicitor, Office of Human Rights Proceedings

Greg Robins – Senior Solicitor, Office of Human Rights Proceedings

Greg Robins completed the LLM Master of Laws at LSE in 2013. He now works as a Senior Solicitor at the
Office of Human Rights Proceedings in New Zealand.
“I loved the LSE. The educational, social and networking opportunities were fantastic and the ability to engage with the heart of London and the UK was second to none.”
Find out more about Greg Robins and […]

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How to get the most out of a mini-pupillage

Guest blog by Gunnar Schulte (LLB 2013) who is a pupil at a barristers’ chambers in London:
A mini-pupillage is work experience at a barristers’ chambers, usually for two to five days. Mini-pupillages can vary greatly in character. Mini-pupils usually sit with a barrister, or are assigned to a different barrister for each day of their mini-pupillage. The work experience […]

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Maxim Bokov – Head of Research and Analysis, VTB Bank

Maxim Bokov completed the LLM in Corporate and Securities Law at LSE in 2010. He now works as the Head of Research and Analysis for VTB Bank

“Postgraduate students should always remember that it only takes one year to get Master’s degree. The time passes quickly so, it is useful to know what topic your dissertation will cover at the start of term. […]

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How to write a good application for a law firm

In this blog, Antonia George from Vinson & Elkins LLP discusses how to come across well in a written application, and addresses some of the key things law firms are looking for. Antonia started her training contract at Vinson & Elkins in 2016 and is currently in her first seat with the Complex Commercial Litigation department.
Selling yourself to law […]

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Careers in law for non-law students

You don’t have to have a law degree to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Many legal employers recruit up to 50% of their trainees from non-law degrees. So what do you need?

excitement at the prospect of working closely with clients across all industry sectors (financial services, social media, health – the law gets everywhere) to solve their […]

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    BPTC scholarship deadline and upcoming events for students interested in the Bar

BPTC scholarship deadline and upcoming events for students interested in the Bar

Applications for BPTC Scholarships deadline
Final year law students, LLB graduates and master’s degree students with a qualifying law degree intending to take the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) starting in 2018, are advised to apply for a BPTC scholarship from one of the four Inns of Court.

Applications should be made direct to the Inns themselves, but students are only […]

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    Isla Woodcock – Hillsborough Inquest Team Investigator, Broudie Jackson Canter Ltd

Isla Woodcock – Hillsborough Inquest Team Investigator, Broudie Jackson Canter Ltd

Isla Woodcock completed the BSc in International Relations at LSE in 2011. She now works as an Inquest Investigator for Broudie Jackson Canter.

“When the Hillsborough Independent Panel report came out in 2012 and the Attorney-General quashed the original Inquest verdict (that the 96 deaths were “accidental”), it was a significant moment for everyone in this country fighting for justice and accountability. […]

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    Top tips for law firm training contract applications from an LSE alum

Top tips for law firm training contract applications from an LSE alum

Guest blog by LSE alumna Sam Shabbir (LLB, 2011-14), trainee at Hogan Lovells:

1. Focus on quality rather than quantity of applications
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of wanting to ‘cast your net’ to every law firm – but that’s not the right approach. Trying to apply to a large number of firms increases the likelihood of applicants […]

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Qualifying as a notary

Guest blog by Iain Rogers from The Notaries Society:
When thinking about a career in the law, not many people consider qualifying as a notary, not at first anyway. This blog explains how and why you can qualify as a notary.
What it involves
The work of a notary is based on the authentication of documents and deeds so that they may be […]

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Insider tips – becoming a barrister

Junior commercial-chancery barrister Timothy Sherwin tells us about day-to-day life at the Bar, and provides some tips for want-to-be barristers.

What I do
I am a “commercial-chancery barrister”. What that means is that I provide advisory and advocacy services to a huge range of businesses and private clients. All my work is connected to litigation, so my focus is on disputes […]

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Extracurricular activity ideas for law students

Guest blog post by Sasha Davison, digital content writer for legal recruitment specialists BCL Legal. BCL Legal uses its knowledge and experience of the legal industry to find candidates law jobs.
When applying for a job in the competitive law industry, it’s important that your CV stands out and catches attention. Through taking part in extracurricular activities at university, you […]

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