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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.


Webcast: How to make successful training contract applications video subscription

Lawyer 2B 5-Jun-2014

Making training contract applications this summer? Watch this video first!


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


Hogan Lovells mulls joining the blind CV rush

20-May-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Hogan Lovells is considering taking up a blind curriculum vitae (CV) policy in a bid to counter bias towards trainee applicants who received an Oxbridge degree or were educated privately.

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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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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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Top judge urges culture change in legal profession

The president of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has called for a culture change in the legal profession until it is ”just as acceptable for men to look after children as it is for women.”


BBC ramps up in-house legal training

The BBC is expanding its in-house legal training, offering greater numbers of staff the chance to work towards legal qualifications.




The traditional stereotype that most lawyers are white middle-class men is rapidly losing its value as firms embrace diversity schemes and reach out to students from a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds

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