Last year the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced their decision to reform solicitor qualification in England and Wales by introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SRA have been consulting on reforms since 2015, and their proposals have been controversial with firms and universities alike. Now that they’ve decided how they want to proceed, students looking to qualify as a solicitor are asking about what the changes might mean.
Campus Brand Ambassadorships are a great form of work experience and provide ample opportunities for networking. Chloe Birkett- a Brand Ambassador for Bird & Bird- shares her experience of working with the firm.
After years of studying and countless applications, you’ve finally secured a coveted training contract. Before you qualify as a solicitor, however, there’s a final two-year period of self-development ahead of you. During your training contract, you’ll spend time working within different areas of the law, meet new people and gather the legal knowledge and skills you’ll need upon qualification.
Did you hear about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010? What about the 2015 Volkswagen emissions scandal? Poor working conditions at Sports Direct and the collapse of BHS? Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, the chances are these headlines won’t be news to you.
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.