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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Allen & Overy records highest trainee retention since before recession

Allen & Overy is keeping on 93 per cent of its spring qualifying trainees.


Freshfields first of magic circle to report to report spring trainee retention, keeping 85%

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has released its retention rate for its spring 2015 qualifiers, keeping 85 per cent of trainees on in newly-qualified (NQ) positions.


JLD rails against minimum wage abolition

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is campaigning for a recommended minimum wage, after the trainee minimum wage was abolished by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

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Linklaters targets Mandarin speakers for China/London training contract

Linklaters is targeting Mandarin-speaking native lawyers to train across its London and China offices, and work in China on qualification.

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Hogan Lovells launches business school for trainees

Hogan Lovells trainees will attend an internal business school as soon as they begin their training contracts, the firm has announced.

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Akin Gump establishes vac scheme and expands training options in wake of Bingham takeover

Akin Gump has increased opportunities for junior lawyers at the firm, establishing vacation schemes and bolstering its trainee options.

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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


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.

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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