The Best Legal Resources for Legal Job Applicants and Trainee Lawyers

The Best Legal Resources for Legal Job Applicants and Trainee Lawyers

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 outlets for recent cases and news that relate to the law is a great idea.

Resources for Law Students

There are lots of resources out there for law students to help you stay ahead of the game when it comes to applying for vacation schemes, training contracts, and finding out which legal practice area is for you. There are also a range of resources that will keep you up to date with the legal industry so you can impress in your interviews. 

Trainee Solicitor Surgery

Trainee Solicitor Surgery has a range of resources which are great for law students looking for a training contract. You can get free advice from former lawyers, access to a range of online training and ‘Essential Guides’ to support your application process and sign up for one-to-one coaching.  

Target Jobs

Not sure how to choose the right training contract for you? Target Jobs have written a blog on the factors you should consider when choosing a law firm to join as a trainee. 

Chambers Student

Chambers Student has resources to help you build your knowledge, facts and figures, advice on securing a training contract and what law firms to consider, and information on practice areas. This has all the tips for starting your legal career.


LawCareers.Net has a list of available training contracts which might be a good place to start your search.

Legal Cheek

Legal Cheek put together a list each year, based on survey results, of the best law firms for training and quality of work. This might be a good starting place to decide which firms you might like to apply for.

The Lawyer Portal

The Lawyer Portal has a range of free guides available for students as well as training webinars and online resources.

Shearman and Sterling

Shearman and Sterling has a range of resources available for graduates. From why you should choose them, the top 50 tasks you will be asked to do as a trainee solicitor and an extensive information hub. Although a law firm themselves, these resources will give you a good insight to what a role as a trainee solicitor would be like. 

All About Law Virtual Law Fair

Join the virtual law fair in October to find out about law firm opportunities.

Lawyer 2B

Lawyer 2B is The Lawyer’s student publication, providing careers and interview advice, commercial awareness guides, as well as news about training and vacation schemes, pupillages, law schools and insight into the legal profession for anyone interested in a career in law.


With Lex100 you can search for law firms, find out about application deadlines and compare firms you are interested in.

The Student Lawyer

These guides help to navigate your legal studies and the job market. You’ll also receive weekly articles that will ensure you are up to date on the latest legal and commercial news for those all-important interviews. And an addition in 2020, the TSL Mentor Scheme matches mentors from the legal industry - both solicitors and barristers - with mentees from underrepresented groups. So if this sounds like you, get in touch.


Resources for Trainee Lawyers 

There are lots of resources out there that will help keep you informed about the legal sector so you can show off your knowledge as a trainee lawyer. This blog post, written by a solicitor, offers ten tops tips for starting a career as a trainee solicitor which might be a useful read to make the most of your first couple of weeks.

Legal Cheek

Legal Cheek has a variety of news stories, blog posts and advice for lawyers.

Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners UK allows you to search for ranked lawyers and law firms in the UK with analysis you can trust. They provide a wealth of localised knowledge and market insight and cover 77 specialist areas of law, such as Corporate, Banking and Finance, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate. This is a good resource to stay updated with.

The Legal 500

The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions, the results of which can be viewed free of charge using the “Rankings” tab at the top of the page. This is a resource to stay aware of.


LawCare offer support and advice for legal professionals. So, if you are finding things tough, feel like you’re suffering from burnout or have lost your motivation, take a look at their free resources or get in touch with them for support.

The Lawyer

The Lawyer is a great source of news within the legal sector and legal industry. It’s updated daily so make sure to check back regularly.

UK Legal Week

Similar, to The Lawyer, UK Legal Week has a range of articles and news stories relevant to the legal industry.

Legal Business

Legal Business has lots of interesting blogs, articles and industry analysis to get stuck into.


For something a little lighter and a little tongue in cheek, RollonFriday is great.

Are you ready to start the next chapter of your legal career? 

Hopefully these resources are helpful and give you a place to start with your law career. 

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