The Rise in Law Students
Without a doubt, there has never been a more competitive time to enter the legal sector. It’s hard to fathom a time where applying for a training contract involved sending off a well-worded letter and hoping for the best, or where a student embarked on a law degree without acronyms such as GDL, LPC and BPTC waiting for them at the other end.
Yet none of these high stakes are deterring students from law - in fact, quite the opposite. The legal sector is becoming more and more saturated, as ever-increasing numbers of students focus their education efforts on a top legal position.
So why is this happening, and what, if anything, needs to change? And are there any benefits to this vast increase in young people pursuing legal careers?
Are flexible working hours and a law career mutually exclusive? Not anymore.
As an aspiring lawyer, you may not have considered flexible working hours - given the corporate intensity of the legal sector, you might not even know that it is an option. But flexibility is now trickling its way through the legal world and is a possibility at some of the biggest law firms. Matthew Kay is the director at Vario, Pinsent Masons’ flexible working initiative. He writes about how flexibility could be a defining factor for the legal industry as it evolves.
London Acid Attacks: The rise in crimes involving corrosive substances
On July 17th 2017, a 16-year-old was charged with one count of wounding, and five counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, in relation to five acid attacks carried out over the course of 90 minutes in East London. These latest attacks come less than a month after Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan had a corrosive substance thrown on them in what is now being treated as a hate crime. Police Chief Commissioner Cressida Dick called these violent crimes “barbaric”, and the government responded by promising to review the legislation surrounding acid attacks.
On the Job: Litigation
In order to get more of a handle on what actually makes up the processes of working in litigation, we thought it would be good to get the thoughts of someone who knew it first hand. We spoke to Rebecca May, who works in the litigation department at RPC, and asked her to walk us through some of the more complex steps of a litigation case.
Pro Bono Initiatives Article
AAL Commercial Awareness: Dr Waney Squier and Shaken Baby Syndrome
Following the dismissal of Dr Waney Squier earlier this month, the medical profession has been divided over whether they think her punishment was justifiable in that she shirked her civil duty of impartiality in a court of law, or that she has been made into a scapegoat for those that dare to challenge the status quo.
Adam Johnson, the trial and underage sexuality
The trial of Adam Johnson has brought a whole host of issues to light regarding legal practices and the moral obligations of certain institutions, especially in this case, Sunderland AFC and Johnson’s sponsors, Adidas.
Winning & Retaining Law Clients
One of Irwin Mitchell’s Corporate Partners, Jayne Schnider, details the rigorous process leading up to how clients are ‘won’ at the firm. She explains how Irwin Mitchell use the pitch as a means to stand out in a competitive market, before describing the social events trainees, associates and partners can get involved with alongside clients.