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Training Contract

Lasting for two years, the training contract the final stage of training you will undertake with a legal employer in order to qualify. This is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about training contracts.

What is a training contract? By Laura Noakes, Law Student, University of Hertfordshire

Graduation seems a very long way a way when you first start university. Worrying about paying back the student loan, finding a job in the legal sector and actually earning a living feel like distant problems that should be dealt with in a year or...

Finding your feet: the first month as a trainee By Gemma Broughall, Trainee Solicitor, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

When I learnt that I had been offered a training contract with Orrick my initial thoughts were of excitement and relief. At last I had overcome the major hurdle facing all would-be solicitors today; I had secured that elusive training...

When should I apply for a training contract? By Maudie Powell-Tuck, Editor, AllAboutLaw

Timetables vary, depending on the type of firm you're aiming for. If you’re hankering after a career with a ‘big fish’, City firms and national firms tend to have their training contract deadlines on the 31 July. There are exceptions, so make...

Training contract application process explained By Jack Collins, Project Manager, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

Getting a training contract is simple, right? Erm…not really! If you want to secure a training contract and become the next hotshot lawyer, you won’t simply be required to put together a generic CV and send it off all over the place. The...

High street law firm: The work-life balance Written by James Woodhouse, Assistant Solicitor, Charles Lucas & Marshall

Many law students are concerned about maintaining a work/life balance during their training contract. Law is widely acknowledged to be a demanding profession and many reports record that stress levels amongst lawyers run high.   I, like any...

Choosing a law firm By Paul Harris, Co-founder & Director, AllAboutLaw

The legal market is big, tough and very competitive. There are many levels and varieties of law firms running in the market today and with detailed research and a clear idea of one’s own preferences, it’s possible to secure a good position at any...

Magic Circle law firms By Simi Gupta, Law Student, University of Hertfordshire

Almost every law student I know would jump at the chance to work for a Magic Circle law firm. What’s the attraction and what does the term ‘Magic Circle’ actually mean? The Magic Circle is not just the UK Across the globe, other countries have...

Types of law firm

Even if you’ve got your heart set on becoming a solicitor, choosing the type of law firm you want to work for can be difficult. Factors you’ll need to weigh up include location, size, range of practice areas (e.g. the type of work a firm...

What's it like to work with international clients? By Anna Hirst, Trainee Solicitor, RPC

Ah, the buzz of a top City law firm job: fast-paced work, great variety in your caseload and a top salary… and the international dimension is another juicy cherry on top! But what’s it really like to work with international clients? Anna Hirst is...

Training contract recruitment Code of Conduct By Billy Sexton, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

What is the SRA Code of Conduct? Did you know that law firms play by the rules of a voluntary Code of Conduct put together by the folks at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) when they recruit you lovely lot as trainees? No? Well, now you...

Training Contract Eligibility By Billy Sexton, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

Training contract applications can be a lengthy and stressful process, so before you embark on such a journey, you should make sure you’re eligible to apply for a training contract in the first place! This may seem like a strange thing to check...

Choosing the right law firm By Billy Sexton and Becky Kells, Editors, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

Training contract applications are stressful enough without the perpetual worry that you’ve chosen the ‘wrong’ firms to apply to. Perhaps you missed the law fair at your university or you only decided that you wanted to convert to law at the last...

Training contract application tips By Rachel Mock, Trainee Solicitor, Girlings Solicitors

So you’ve decided you want to become a solicitor but where do you start with the application process? Training contract application form​ The dreaded application forms, so many and so little time! One thing I learnt in my experience of...

In-house training contracts By Billy Sexton, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

When on the hunt for a training contract, it’s not just the big name law firms you can consider. There are also in-house legal teams that offer law school graduates a coveted training contract. What do in-house lawyers do? There are over 20,000...

City firm vs. Regional firm By Sara Duxbury, Head of People, Fletchers Solicitors

For many trainee solicitors starting out on a career in law, the list of priorities is shifting with many focusing on the quality of their experience rather than the size of the firm. Sara Duxbury, head of people at Fletchers Solicitors, explains...

Training contract seats By Becky Kells, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

What Are Seats? If you're hoping to become a solicitor, you have most likely heard of training contracts by now - the two year placement that follows on from the LPC, and your final hurdle in qualifying as a fully fledged solicitor. You may also...

What happens after the training contract? by Charlotte Harrison, author of From Student to Solicitor: the Complete Guide to Securing a Training Contract

While there’s no shortage of articles around which will help you understand exactly what’s going on during your training contract, there’s less information about the period after you’ve completed it. Whilst some of it is bespoke to a particular...

Insider’s view: talking training contracts with Bond Dickinson by Emma Finamore, Editor of AllAboutLaw.co.uk

With over 1,440 applications for just 30 training contracts, you need all the insider information you can get. We spoke to Joanne Smallwood, Graduate Recruitment Specialist at Bond Dickinson, about what you can expect when applying for a training...

Talking vacation schemes and training contracts with White & Case By Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

                  Tell us about the different practice areas at the London office? How has the scope of these areas grown over recent years? We offer cutting edge work on a par with the Magic Circle. We used to be renowned for being...

Continuing Competence - What you need to know by Jack J Collins, Editor of AllAboutLaw.co.uk

CPD Hours Scrapped In November 2016, the SRA scrapped the minimum 16 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per year, which it had implemented for many years, and replaced it with a system known as ‘continuing competence.’ This was...

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