Training contracts

After years of study, the final stage of your route to qualifying as a solicitor will involve a compulsory period of work-based learning known as the training contract

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Gateley takes first Leeds trainee

Gateley has recruited its first trainee in its Leeds office

Ernst & Young

EY launches a training contract, and you don't need a 2:1 to apply

Professional services firm EY is launching its first UK training contract, which will require potential candidates to undertake a series of online assessments instead of achieving a minimum number of UCAS points.

Avon & Bristol Law Centre

Bristol's commercial firms club together to help fund a legal aid trainee

Bristol’s four largest commercial firms have banded together to help fund cost of a legal aid training contract.

Royal Mail

Postie’s daughter becomes Royal Mail's first trainee in 10 years

The Royal Mail has hired its first trainee solicitor in a decade, choosing to recruit the daughter of one of its postmen.


DAC Beachcroft ups trainee numbers and takes on first in Newcastle

DAC Beachcroft has topped up the number of trainees starting at the firm this autumn from eight to 13, with the majority hired from the firm’s paralegal pool.

Job search NQ

March NQ jobs being advertised earlier than ever as firms scramble for best talent

Newly-qualified (NQ) roles for March are being advertised six months ahead of time, as a result of increased competition in the UK legal market.

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Life in a global law firm video

Many law firms bill themselves as global, but does a firm’s international footprint really make a difference to the lives of its most junior lawyers?

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Training contract application questions: tips from the experts

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


Stress in the City

Stress may be an inevitable aspect of every career but City lawyers often experience more than their fair share. So what’s the best way of navigating a pressured environment?


Vacation schemes: making a good impression

You’ve bought the best suit money can buy and spent hours perfecting your hair. You may now look the part but, as career coach and business skills trainer Husnara Begum explains, actions are just as important when trying to create a good first impression

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

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

stand out

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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Making applications

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Training contract application forms: what not to write

22-Jul-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Cliches to avoid and common mistakes: what are graduate recruiters’ most regular complaints about training contract applications?

Business cards

Should students invest in business cards?


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

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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. 

Sophie Khan

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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A trainee's guide to the training contract

What are training contracts like? Meet some trainees!