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Blog posts about careers in law. For more information please visit the law section of our website.

Marketing yourself – and your LLM

Your LLM provides you with a new or deeper specialism and offers a stepping stone to career transition or progression as well as enhancing your academic record. There is a prestige associated with your studies at LSE, and the LLM year offers a capacity building experience which also demonstrates your commitment to invest time and money in your legal […]

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Next steps with an LLM

You’ve (almost) got your LLM, the finish line is in sight. But what are your options once you’ve graduated – where do you go next? What do you do next? Well, there are a vast range of options worth considering. Obviously these will vary depending on the jurisdiction in which you have qualified as a lawyer and right to […]

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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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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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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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    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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