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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Freshfields reveals 83 per cent retention for autumn 2015

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced that it has retained 83 per cent of its September 2015 qualifying trainees, with three turning down offers from the magic circle firm.

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RPC sees fall in retention with 15 NQs kept on

RPC has announced that it is retaining 79 per cent of its September 2015 qualifying trainees.


Exclusive: Trowers ups trainee intake size and ringfences training contract roles for its own paralegals

Trowers & Hamlins is to increase the number of trainees it takes on, and will ringfence some training contracts for members of its own paralegal pool.

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Clifford Chance London head: “We need more trainees”

Clifford Chance’s London managing partner David Bickerton has said the firm wants to recruit ten more trainees to cope with the increase in work the firm is experiencing.


Seven more training contracts on offer as Legal Education Foundation renews social welfare scheme

Seven more social welfare law training contracts have been created by the Legal Education Foundation (LEF) following last year’s pilot scheme.

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Students to be recruited from second year as graduate recruitment code is transformed

Law firms will be able to recruit future trainees from their second year at university due to a change in the graduate recruitment code.

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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

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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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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?

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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

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Expert advice on making yourself attractive to legal recruiters. 

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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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A trainee's guide to the training contract

What are training contracts like? Meet some trainees!