Ask the experts

Welcome to our section featuring Q&A sessions with our panel of top UK law firm representatives, who’ll tackle any topic to do with graduate recruitment, applications, interviews, training contracts, vacation schemes and much more. If you have a question we haven’t covered, just drop us a line, or tweet us @TheLex100, and we’ll keep it in mind.

Training Contract Applications

It’s particularly at the first stage when the odds can feel overwhelming and getting the small things right is very important. What should you bear in mind when completing your training contract applications?

In association with: Taylor Wessing LLP Ashurst Norton Rose Fulbright TLT LLP


Calling Non-Law Students

While many Law students will already have the LPC and a career as a lawyer in their sights, firms are equally keen to recruit non-law students and make an effort to reach out to them and invite them to consider the career. Our panel of Experts are here to explain how enrolling on the conversion …

In association with: Taylor Wessing LLP Ashurst Norton Rose Fulbright


Training and Qualification

A lot of our readers naturally focus on the pursuit of a training contract, but it is worth considering what awaits trainees once they begin life at a law firm. Aside from the actual case work, what else do budding lawyers need to consider?

In association with: Womble Bond Dickinson Norton Rose Fulbright Ashurst Taylor Wessing LLP


CSR and Pro Bono

Private practice is not all about profits and competition. Lawyers undertake pro bono work to share their expertise free of charge as a social good, and similar firms enshrine CSR goals in order to give back to the wider community. Over to our Experts panel…

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Diversity

Workplace diversity is an important issue in all industries, and like other industries the legal sector has much room for improvement on this issue. Encouragingly, law firms have been making a concerted effort to promote the diversity of their staff.

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Secondments

Many firms offer a secondment option as part of the training contract seat rotation, and the opportunity to be based with a client, or in an overseas office, is often highly sought after by trainees. Allow our Experts to explain the purpose of secondments, and what trainees can gain from the experience.

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Choosing and Getting to Know a Firm

There are potentially hundreds of law firms you can apply to, but time is a bit tight. Here’s some advice on how to narrow your search to those firms which are a good fit for you.

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Extracurricular Activities

What can you decide to do in your spare time in order to develop new skills and strengthen your CV?

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Vacation Scheme Essentials

Next month brings with it deadlines for dozens of vacation schemes. Before finalising your applications, allow our Experts to expand on the purpose and nature of these schemes.

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Commercial Awareness Month

Firms expect candidates to have an interest in, and understanding of, their work and that of their clients. November is as good a time as any to swot up and strengthen your knowledge of the business and legal markets.

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Faring Well at Career Fairs

Amidst the hustle and bustle of a law fair it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. To ensure you make the most of the day our Experts are here to advise you on how to prepare and what to do when you arrive.

In association with: TLT LLP Norton Rose Fulbright Taylor Wessing LLP Ashurst Womble Bond Dickinson


First, Second and Final Years

The right words at the right time can highlight your wit, zeal and personality, so take the interview stage as an opportunity to make a great final impression with a firm. Be yourself, try not to panic, and take a look over our experts’ advice on how to stand out for the best reasons during …

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Interviewing 101

The right words at the right time can highlight your wit, zeal and personality, so take the interview stage as an opportunity to make a great final impression with a firm. Be yourself, try not to panic, and take a look over our experts’ advice on how to stand out for the best reasons during …

In association with: Ashurst Norton Rose Fulbright Taylor Wessing LLP TLT LLP


Open Days and Networking Events

It’s not all about who you know in the legal industry, but contacts, socialising and first impressions can definitely go a long way in earning your place on a firm’s favourites list. We’ve asked our experts to shed some light on networking etiquette, and on how to end up remembered for the right reasons after …

In association with: TLT LLP Taylor Wessing LLP Norton Rose Fulbright Ashurst