Demystification education

As applications for vacation scheme places are being completed Lawyer2B here offers a webcast to explain that mercurial concept Commercial Awareness and also an insight into the business challenges faced by law firms.

We also have a survival guide for open days, a practice area focus on litigation/dispute resolution, a blog post from student Janina Moutia-Bloom on her internship at a pro-bono firm in Cape Town, South Africa , and an Ask Lawyer2B question from someone troubled by commercial awareness pitfalls.

In News, the latest retention rates for spring 2013 have come through from Wragge & Co and Berwin Leighton Paisner, and the latest news on the problems being faced by Manchester-based firm Cobbetts here, here and here.

And be sure to get busy with your entries to our competitions to win free places on BPP Law School’s LLB, GDL and LPC courses. The clock is ticking. Further details on the LLB competition here and the GDL and LPC competitions here.

Christian Metcalfe,
Lawyer 2B magazine

P.S Lawyer 2B’s Law for non law careers evening is being held on 20 February is association with the College of Law – it is an event designed specifically to guide and engage with students who have not studied a law degree but wish to pursue a career in law. For further details go here.

Watch it now: webcast on demystifying commercial awareness

You can register today to watch Lawyer2B’s second webcast powered by College of Law. Lawyer2B discusses commercial awareness with panellists Marc Steward, team Leader in the College of Law’s careers service, Jessica Booker, trainee recruitment manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Tayyibah Arif, trainee associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Getting fit for purpose

This article from this time last year on the potential merger between DWF and Cobbetts offers you an interesting and timely insight into the business challenges faced by law firms.

Survival Guide – Open days

With the graduate recruitment market still in dire straits it is vital for all aspiring solicitors to make the most of an any opportunities that will enhance their chances of securing a training contract. Open days, for instance, can play a fundamental role in achieving this goal and should therefore not be overlooked.

Blog – Cape Town human rights internship

Before beginning her studies, Cambridge University student Janina Moutia-Bloom was lucky enough to secure an internship at a pro-bono firm in Cape Town, South Africa. Read what happened here.

Practice Area focus – Litigation/Dispute Resolution

If you know how to argue, or how to avoid an argument then litigation and dispute resolution may be for you.

60-second interview

Trainee Alexander Redpath gives his take on studying and working in Pinsent Masons’ Belfast office.

Ask Lawyer2B – Commercial awareness – pot luck – Is there anything I should steer clear of when answering commercial awareness questions?

I know I need to demonstrate commercial awareness in application forms and interviews, but are there any issues I should steer clear of when answering questions. How controversial can I be? What if I mention a deal that hasn’t gone well? Should I stick to things happening in the legal market or more of a general current affairs issue? nd what if things change between completing the application form and interview? Any “safe” options?

  @EHRC 2 ESRC student internship opportunities with the EHRC announced closing date 8 March

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