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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Which firms take most and fewest trainees from vac schemes?

More trainees than ever are recruited through vacation schemes, exclusive research by Lawyer 2B has revealed.

Law Society

Law Society to offer two training contracts through diversity scheme

Two training contracts for 2015 up for grabs: one at a Law Centre; one in-house at Chancery Lane headquarters


A&O offers training contracts in Belfast

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made five training contract offers to its Belfast paralegals in the past year, despite originally hiring staff for commoditised work.

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Addleshaw Goddard reveals 82% retention

Addleshaw Goddard has announced that it has retained 82 per cent, or 23 of its 28, of its autumn 2014 qualifying trainees as newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers.


Sullivan & Cromwell expands trainee intake by 50 per cent

US giant Sullivan & Cromwell will expand its London trainee intake by 50 per cent after recruiting its first intakes last year.

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Addleshaws and Bakers launch new trainee secondments to Dubai, Hong Kong and Jo’burg

Addleshaw Goddard and Baker McKenzie have both increased their international secondment rosters, between them adding seats across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

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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?


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?

Making applications


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.

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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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.

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