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Training to become a lawyer is a tough process that not everyone is cut out for. But legal expertise isn’t enough to stand out from the crowd anymore. That’s where soft skills come in… Soft skills might be at the back of your mind when completing your degree, exams, vacation schemes and training contracts. But soft skills give you a full skill set and help you to connect with your clients. By embracing your...
Whether you are a law student, or a trainee lawyer, finding trustworthy legal content and resources to expand your knowledge might seem daunting. We have put together websites that offer a range of resources for individuals pursuing a career in the legal sector. There are free resources and advice, news, blogs, and job boards. As well as utilising these resources, staying up to date with BBC News, Sky News, The Guardian, and other news...
Are you wondering "why should I use LinkedIn?" Well, LinkedIn is a great platform for building professional relationships for legal sector professionals or students. Whether it's a new colleague, a fellow student, a connection from a vacation scheme or training contract, to a professional you admire, or maybe it's finding new opportunities that align with your values, LinkedIn can help. Whether you are a law student or experienced in...
As you will know, a vacation scheme is a great way of gaining invaluable work experience at a law firm even if yours are virtual this year. It will help to give you an idea of whether you are suited for a role in the legal sector and to make contacts in the industry. Here are 10 top tips for making the most out of your virtual vacation scheme. 1.  Be social There might be limited social activities at the start of your...
Whether you are a law student, at the start of your legal career or established in your field, setting SMART goals are sure to help you to build the legal career you want. SMART goals ensure you have a clear roadmap, so you are not wondering what to do next. Your goals are not going to be achieved overnight, but this approach means you have a clear timeline so you can easily track your progress and continue to feel motivated. This...
While navigating the global pandemic and social distancing, we are all used to arranging our get-togethers over video, from important work meetings to drinks with friends. But that probably won’t make the prospect of your law firm video interview any less daunting. Given the competitiveness of vacation scheme and training contract spots, law firms have used video interviews to narrow down applicants for years (even before Covid-19...
While lawyers and solicitors tend to make up the bulk of a law firm’s general workforce, firms are not exclusively comprised of lawyers and solicitors. This means there are plenty of opportunities for non-lawyers who wish to pursue a career in the legal sector. The diverse nature of the work carried out by various law firms and their complex operational needs mean there are lots of different roles that need to be filled in a...
We all know how competitive top law firm training contract and vacation scheme spots are, and firms are coming up with increasingly creative ways to help them identify the very best candidates from the deluge of applications they receive. It is very common nowadays to be asked to do an automated video interview in the early stages of a law firm’s trainee recruitment process. Think of it more like a pre-interview or even a living...
Last week Jo Kangurs of Symphony Legal Interviewed  Amanda Hamilton , CEO,  National Association of Licensed Paralegals  around the issue of why qualifying as a Paralegal is becoming the only career option for those wanting to enter the legal services profession.  Q1:  Can you give a brief background of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals and its key objectives/aims? The aim is to create the role...
Chances are that you’ve probably heard in the past about people who get law degrees, only to end up finding success outside of the legal realm . As inspiring as some of these stories can be, it’s not always practical to make such a leap. The good news here is that even if you don’t want to be a solicitor, there are several different ways to make your mark in a legal profession. Here are some standout options. Become A...
A lot of the time, a successful career means making sacrifices, and those in the legal profession probably know this better than most. Long hours are generally an expected part of the job, especially the higher up the ladder you go. As Maureen Brady , division manager for the Legal Solutions-Permanent Placement Division of legal placement firm Hudson, puts it, “Most lawyers really can’t complain about being paid £100K to...
The legal world has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years , especially in the U.K. This means that the profession is getting a growing amount of attention for people looking for work, ranging from students taking the conventional route to become solicitors to other switching gears in their careers. In addition, we can’t neglect the fact that there are a range of different legal jobs other than solicitors that a person...