Top tips

A strength of The Lex 100 Survey editorial is that we give current trainees a voice by using their feedback to offer our readers the genuine inside track on the training contracts in the market. We also give graduate recruitment teams a voice – after all they are the ones who ultimately decide who is most deserving of a training contract!

Aware of students’ desire to hear more from their peers about the good and the bad of pursuing a training contract, we’ve created Top Tips as a place where graduate recruitment staff at Lex 100 firms or current students who have accepted a training contract can offer their own tips on a range of different topics. The authors select their own points and elaborate on each. These tactics have worked for future trainees or come straight from the mouths of graduate recruiters, so it is information well worth considering as you progress through university and beyond.

The Lex 100 extends a big thank you to all those who have participated thus far.

If anyone would like to suggest a future Top Tips topic please email Hawys Boobier, The Lex 100 editor, at hawys.boobier@legalease.co.uk

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