You've done your homework, studied the stats, read up on practice areas, and compared the firms that've caught your eye – now, it's time to put your best foot and training contract application forward.
There's no delaying the inevitable, and, as graduate recruiters were keen to tell us when we collected our list of relevant tips, procrastination rarely improves an application. So, take the time to browse over the following deadlines, make a schedule and pace yourself accordingly – you'll do great.
Last but not least: good luck, and keep us updated on Twitter!
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Securing a training contract will be playing on all aspiring solicitors’ minds at the moment. The competition for roles is often fierce, and young future lawyers need to brace themselves for applications, interviews, and assessment days.
Worried? Fear not, we spoke to future trainee lawyers Nuri Mirwani, Megan McMellon and Aliana Chambers, along with recruiter Jessica Booker, to get their top tips on how to get a training contract. This is what they told us:
The Charles Russell Speechlys application process is now open!
You've done your homework, studied the stats, read up on practice areas, and compared the firms that've caught your eye – now, it's time to put your best foot and application forward.
There's no delaying the inevitable, and, as graduate recruiters were keen to tell us when we collected our list of relevant tips, procrastination rarely improves an application. So, take the time to browse over these deadlines, make a schedule and pace yourself accordingly – you'll do great.
Our thanks to Norton Rose Fulbright for sponsoring this table.
As good bargains go, vacation schemes stand out as amazing 3-for-1 deals: for just a few weeks of your time, you get to improve your resume, brush up your legal skills and, best of all, you can see first-hand what life's truly like at your favourite law firm before committing to the full training contract experience.
Because we know a number of you are set on giving vacation schemes a try, we've put together a collection of application deadlines to help you along. Many thanks to Taylor Wessing for sponsoring the Vacation Scheme Deadlines table.
The lure of secondment overseas is a carrot dangled by many international law firms to entice the most talented trainees to their firm. But is a seat abroad merely a six-month jolly, or a genuine boost to your career? Kate Durcan spoke to TWVs (trainees with visas) to find out.
With many candidates seeking to attend more than one vacation placement scheme the application process is frequently as (if not more) competitive than for training contracts. Furthermore, like many firms Birketts is increasingly moving towards the vacation scheme as an exclusive method to recruit for training contracts on the basis it provides for a two week period of assessment rather than more limited exposure over the course of an interview or assessment centre.
Below is a fully interactive table, which shows the pay for those firms who have an extended profile with The Lex 100. If you'd like to compare firm's survey results go to our brand new Law Firm Comparison table or click through to our Firms section for a more detailed analysis of each firm.
Lex Editor Daniel Coyne takes a detailed look at the Government’s own training contract and pupillage schemes, speaks to junior and senior staff about their work and discovers a career less ordinary.
For those among you who have settled on pursuing a career in law, the next few questions you will seek answers to are of paramount importance. Do I want to be a solicitor or a barrister? Do I want to work for a mega-massive full service international firm or a regional boutique? What kind of chambers should I apply to? Which practice area best suits my skills and interests? These are essential questions to ponder and the options out there are legion, with hundreds of potential employers awaiting you. This article, however, will introduce you to an altogether different, and undoubtedly unique, employer – perhaps one you haven’t considered working for before. Her Majesty’s Government.
The Law Society is recommending that providers of training contracts should pay their trainees a minimum salary of £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London. This calculation is based on a 35-hour week at the Living Wage (£9.40 per hour in London; £8.25 per hour outside of London) plus the average yearly Legal Practice Course repayment (£3,168).
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