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Five steps for survival as a first-seat trainee


If you’re a first-seat trainee feeling shell-shocked from your new work environment, these five steps will help you get your bearings. 

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If you haven't got a training contract after the LPC, is becoming a paralegal the best option?


If you’re determined to become a solicitor and have done the LPC but don’t have a training contact, is becoming a paralegal the next best step or would other commercial experience be as or more valuable?

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The big interview: Imran Khan

17-Jun-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

“What’s so interesting about me?” asks Imran Khan. “I’m just doing my job.”

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Should students invest in business cards?


Some students do splash out on business cards - but is it worth it?

Amal Alamuddin

10 practical career tips if you want to be a human rights lawyer

21-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyer 2B attended a Law Society event on how to become a human rights lawyer earlier this week. Here’s what we learned.


​Junior lawyer life-hacks: commercial awareness


On top of excellent academics, a strong set of extra-curricular activities and plenty of legal experience, most firms now demand commercial awareness as part of their recruiting process.

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Why the BSB’s Professional Statement matters for aspiring barristers

28-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) recently said that its professional statement could be the key to unlocking the bar for many people who are currently unable to access the profession.

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Webcast: How to make yourself employable video

Lawyer 2B 23-Apr-2015

Expert advice on making yourself attractive to legal recruiters. 

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Meet the Hogan Lovells NQ who's standing for Parliament


Fraser Galloway has just qualified at Hogan Lovells, but he’s currently campaigning to be elected as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

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Not all lawyers choose to work in private practice. A growing number are being employed as advisors by all sorts of organisations: manufacturers, banks, oil companies, telecoms companies, football clubs, newspapers, central or local government, to name but a few. This is an overview of what’s it like working in-house, and what skills you need…

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Where are the women law firm leaders?

9-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Just eight women hold senior management roles in the UK’s top 50 firms despite females dominating the profession at entry level. How can that gulf be closed and what career steps will make the top more reachable? We asked today’s leaders.

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First-year events: who does what?

5-Mar-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Events targeted at first-year undergrads are on the increase. What do different law firms do, and how can you get on one?

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LGBT and the law: where do we go from here?

27-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

It is tempting to believe that the prejudice and problems experienced by gay people have now largely been consigned to the history books: an ugly issue which no modern professional would ever have to deal with. That’s wishful thinking however, and the reasons for it are more complex than straightforward homophobia.


Life as an in-house trainee


Chris Benn had a training contract offer from a large law firm but decided to train in-house instead. He explains why.

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A day in the life of a paralegal


The kinds of jobs a trainee can expect to be given are well-documented, but what is the life of a paralegal like?

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Why become a legal aid lawyer?


The recent JLD work experience survey revealed that only 4 per cent of students want to go into legal aid work. Should more consider it?

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Jasleen Kaur's journey from Afghan refugee to Nabarro trainee

5-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

“I don’t want this to be a sob story,” says Nabarro paralegal and future trainee Jasleen Kaur. “I want to encourage other people, who might not feel like they can do it, or have been in a similar situation to mine.”


Turning a vacation scheme into a training contract


A successful vac schemer shares his tips for bagging a training contract.


Moving on up: Lawyer 2B catches up with some old friends

2-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyer 2B has interviewed a lot of trainees over the years. We caught up with a couple of them to see how their careers have progressed

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Law fairs 2014: freebies round-up

28-Nov-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyer 2B’s annual review of the best gifts being handed out on the law fair milkround.

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Should students invest in business cards?


Some students do splash out on business cards - but is it worth it?


Weightmans brings in psychologist to revamp trainee application process

27-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Weightmans has revamped its trainee application process with the help of an external occupational psychologist.

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Webcast: How to make yourself employable video

Lawyer 2B 23-Apr-2015

Expert advice on making yourself attractive to legal recruiters. 


Student panic as bar school application website crashes on deadline day

12-Jan-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Bar school applications website Bar Student Application Service (BARSAS) has experienced severe technical difficulties during the final days before deadline day.


Reed Smith revamps selection process to focus on strength-based assessment

12-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Reed Smith has overhauled its approach to selecting trainees and vacation scheme students, switching its process to strength-based assessment in a bid to find candidates who display eight key qualities.

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Midnight training contract deadline looms as intake numbers shrink

30-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The date for would-be lawyers to submit their training contract applications is imminent, with most applicants facing a deadline of midnight tomorrow.

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CV-blind policies are just one step in right direction


Lawyers from diverse backgrounds are an untapped resource but more needs to be done to achieve equal footing.

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Macfarlanes rolls out CV-blind policy to training contract applicants

16-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Macfarlanes has extended its CV-blind policy to its training contracts, making it the third firm to select its trainees using this method.


Training contract application questions: tips from the experts

26-Jun-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Some indispensable advice for tackling common questions on training contract application forms.


US firms consider new interview techniques

10-Jun-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

US-headquartered firms Shearman & Sterling and Reed Smith are considering changing their interview methods for their training contract and vacation scheme applicants.

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    How to 'fit the mould' and be memorable at the same time

    Anyone can fit the mould. Anyone can be memorable. But can anyone fit the mould and be memorable at the same time?

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    The role of rhetoric in everyday advocacy

    Professional public speaker and presentation coach Luan de Burgh advises on a skill that every good barrister must have.

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    Gravitas – having impact and presence

    Professional public speaker and presentation coach Luan de Burgh of the de Burgh Group advises on how to come across as credible, confident and competent.

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    How not to let social media ruin your career

    It is now the norm for an employer to check your social media profile as they read through your application. Don’t let your Facebook profile or Twitter feed ruin your chances, says professional public speaker and presentation coach Luan de Burgh.

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    How to network

    Networking events can throw the best of vac schemers or trainees. Professional public speaker and presentation coach Luan de Burgh of the de Burgh Group gives his list of what to do and what not to do the next time you need to attend one of these potentially torturous affairs.

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    Engage, persuade, inspire – how to use your voice

    “It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it.’ Cases in court, business pitches and political speeches can be won and lost according to how you speak. Professional public speaker and presentation coach Luan de Burgh of the de Burgh Group offers some advice on using your voice to engage, persuade and inspire.

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    Dynamic impressions: how to make presentations

    Love them or loathe them presentations will be an integral part of your professional career and a common means of assessment, and getting it right on these crucial occasions is certain to mark you out for great things.

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Life at the bar: Using your dress sense

20-Nov-2014 | By Rachel Tandy

Lawyer 2B’s tame barrister negotiates the intricacies of life in practice. This issue: dressing for court


Solicitor advocates: The best of both worlds

19-Nov-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Fancy speaking out in court but don’t want the instability of life at the bar? Being a solicitor advocate could be the answer. 


Disability in the City: “You have two options - either curl up under the duvet and cry or get up and decide to carry on.”

12-Nov-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Disabled lawyers and law students met this week to discuss working in the City.


Drama at the Inns!


Actors and barristers demonstrate their transferable skills in a series of productions of Elizabethan plays at the Inns of Court.

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Legal education: are the right things being taught? video


The legal landscape is changing and questions are being raised about whether legal education is still fit for purpose. Lawyer 2B assembled some experts to give their views…


What’s the point of your student law society?

16-Sep-2014 | By Amy Woolfson

Most universities have a law society. But with so much pressure on your time already, why should you get involved, asks Amy Woolfson


Mooting: how to be successful

2-Jun-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Lawyer 2B assembled a panel of mooting experts, including a number of national champions, to give their tips on how to get started – and how to do well.


Stress in law: Time management

29-May-2014 | By Husnara Begum

Lawyers have big workloads and if you don’t keep on top of things you’ll never leave the office. So get your house in order with some time management tips


Lawyer 2B Stress Survey: what are the chief causes of stress?

29-May-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Having too much work and too little time to do it is the main cause of stress; less than a quarter worry about 


Two in five lawyers would not choose law again

1-May-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Two in every five lawyers would not choose law as a career if given the choice again, a survey by the Wesleyan Assurance Society has found.

Year 12 Career Day 2014

City University introduces compulsory 'employability' module to LLB

22-Apr-2014 | By Richard Simmons

City University London has introduced a compulsory module focusing on employability for all its first-year LLB students. 

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Linked In? Look out! Social media etiquette for aspiring lawyers

12-Mar-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Thanks to countless unfortunate examples, everybody knows how not to behave online. But using social media to your active advantage is more difficult than you might imagine…

Year 12 Career Day 2014

Sixth-formers urged to battle through tough market at Lawyer 2B Careers Day

6-Mar-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

It’s frighteningly expensive, brutally competitive and even when successful, grindingly hard work – but young people should not be dissuaded from studying law, a combination of top academics and leading lawyers told London sixth-formers yesterday at Lawyer 2B’s Year 12 Careers Day.


17 tips on how to get pupillage

13-Feb-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Barristers and pupils from 5 Essex Court, Blackstone Chambers, Church Court Chambers and Devereux Chambers gathered to give their advice on how to gain pupillage to Kaplan Law School BPTC students. Here’s what we learned… 


Law bucks optimistic trend as graduate vacancies plummet

5-Feb-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Law firms have predicted a fall of 4.2 per cent in graduate vacancies, contrasting with the nationwide trend of an uptick in the numbers of graduate level jobs available.


The Watson Glaser and BCAT critical thinking tests


How to prepare for critical thinking appraisal tests and the deciding role they play in your legal career.

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Four out of ten junior lawyers think partnership model outdated

27-Jan-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Thirty-nine per cent of junior solicitors believe that the law firm partnership model is out-dated, with women less likely to aspire to partnership.

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Freshfields and Hogan Lovells among firms signing up to diversity careers platform

27-Jan-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

City and national firms and in-house legal departments have signed up to connect with prospective solicitors via Aspiring Solicitors, an online platform dedicated to improving the diversity of the legal profession.


Commercial awareness webcast now live

24-Jan-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

A commercial awareness webcast was held by Lawyer 2B on Wednesday evening, in association with the University of Law.


Non-law students attend Lawyer 2B careers evening

17-Jan-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Yesterday, non-law students and graduates attended Law for Non-Law, a careers evening held by Lawyer 2B and the University of Law, to network with and learn from law firms and barristers’ chambers.

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Curious beasts: Lawyer 2B looks at the myths and reality of American firms in London

16-Dec-2013 | By Richard Simmons

American firms in London: Lawyer 2B examines the truth behind the myths

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How to 'fit the mould' and be memorable at the same time

11-Dec-2013 | By Luan de Burgh

Anyone can fit the mould. Anyone can be memorable. But can anyone fit the mould and be memorable at the same time?

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Degrees of change: making the conversion to law

9-Dec-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

It might mean you spend an extra year completing the GDL, but taking a non-law degree in no way hinders your career prospects – in fact, it could help them

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Crystal ball: The lawyer of the future? Lawyer 2B investigates a new type of legal employer

27-Nov-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

With no office and a variety of time zones, Kate Robinson is loving the mobile, multicultural lifestyle that working for legal process outsourcer Integreon provides 


Over 600 lawyers sign up to mentor University of Law students

27-Nov-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law has launched its mentoring programme for 2013.


CBI warns of 'cliff-edge' for university alternatives

25-Nov-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The majority of young people are not being made aware of apprenticeships, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned.


Kings Chambers and Manchester University Law School unite for work experience scheme

21-Nov-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Manchester University Law School and Kings Chambers have partnered to provide students with practical experience of the legal work place, adding vocational support to students’ time as undergraduates.

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Young Legal Minds


City Law School LPC student Joshua Schuermann was on the victorious team in the recent Young Legal Minds contest.


US professor launches 'Anything but Law School' scholarship

12-Nov-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

A personal injury lawyer from Chicago has launched an “Anything But Law School” scholarship of $1,000 to try and dissuade American graduates from signing up to law school.


Baroness Hale on legal aid cuts: “There will be human rights issues”

1-Nov-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The deputy president of the Supreme Court has said that government cuts to legal aid will be so damaging to the justice system that “there will come a point when there are human rights issues,” as litigants in person find themselves unable to properly represent their cases at trial against trained legal teams.

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Alternative careers in law

A career in the legal profession is not the exclusive preserve of those wishing to climb the greasy pole to partnership at one of the top City firms. Indeed, law graduates are highly regarded by employers because it is generally considered a tough discipline to master. So you should find that it can open many doors both inside and outside the legal profession.





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