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We sent online surveys to graduate recruitment managers at the UK's largest law firms. 165 firms successfully took part and distributed our survey to their trainees.

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The Student Column

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We’ve created The Student Column as a place where current students who have accepted a training contract can offer their own 10 Top Tips on a range of different topics.

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Career Clinic

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Our information-packed hub of guides, advice and articles on how to improve your CV, applications, interview performance and networking skills.

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Application Deadlines

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Upcoming vacation scheme and training contract application deadlines. Identify the firms that you’re applying to and make sure to begin your preparations in good time.

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Trainee Retention Rates

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Here’s our regularly updated table of the spring 2016 trainee retention rates.



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International Seats

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The overseas seat opportunities offered by international firms are a major attraction for many budding lawyers...


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  • Law firm leaders join businesses in urging support for Remain vote
    Law firm leaders join businesses in urging support for Remain vote

    Ten prominent law firm leaders have signed a letter urging voters against voting for Brexit in the UK referendum on its EU membership.

    In a letter to The Times, which was covered on the broadsheet newspaper's front page, law firm leaders made a last ditch attempt alongside executives from some of Britain's biggest companies pleading for the public to remain in the EU. The letter has over 1,200 signatures from business leaders who own and run companies employing more than 1.75m people.

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  • Firm snapshot: The Covington & Burling training contract
    Firm snapshot: The Covington & Burling training contract

    For Covington & Burling’s full Lex 100 2015/16 profile, see here

    US firm Covington & Burling is now a well-established City player, having set up in London in 1988. This ‘prestigious firm’ offers trainees a ‘unique combination of specialist seats’ and is acclaimed for its expertise in the life sciences, technology and litigation work. Covington & Burling has over 800 lawyers spread across its European, Asian and US offices.

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  • Firm snapshot: The Clyde & Co training contract
    Firm snapshot: The Clyde & Co training contract

    For Clyde & Co’s full Lex 100 2015/16 profile, see here

    Clyde & Co is a well-respected firm with clear areas of expertise in the insurance, aviation and shipping spaces. It runs a ‘well-structured training contract programme’ in which the trainee intake is exposed to ‘genuinely interesting work’. The firm has four English offices, and in September 2015 merged with Scottish stalwart Simpson & Marwick to expand its operations north of the border.

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  • Solicitors body extends SQE consultation period
    Solicitors body extends SQE consultation period

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has acknowledged strong opposition as it extends the consultation on its controversial plans to introduce a unified exam for assessing trainee solicitors.

    The proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a final exam which will test trainees' knowledge and skills against the SRA's 2015 Statement of Solicitor Competence, which outlines the competencies required of newly-qualified solicitors.

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  • Shearman ramps up associate pay following 2015 trainee salary hike
    Shearman ramps up associate pay following 2015 trainee salary hike

    Newly-qualified UK lawyers at Shearman & Sterling will see salaries pushed up £7,000 to £95,000 this year as City salaries soar. Rises of between 7% and 10% have been dished out across the associate ranks, with more experienced associates set to trouser up to £12,000 extra a year. The salary increases took effect from 1 May, 2016.

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