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Law School and Careers

Lawyering in America and England

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” As an American who chose to pursue my legal career in London, I really enjoy considering legal issues from both an American and an English perspective, as I’ve done with Taylor Swift and defamation lawsuits, or the concept of celebrity “publicity rights”. But what about the differences in the legal system itself, or the education and training needed to become a lawyer? I’ve answered a few common questions below… England and the United States are both “common law” jurisdictions. What does that mean and why does it…

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Legal Careers: Applying for Training Contracts & Vacation Schemes

It was a little over four years ago that I secured my training contract. Now that I’ve successfully been through the process myself, here are a few tips on applying for training contracts and vacation schemes that I hope you might find helpful. It goes without saying that one of the most important skills any solicitor can have is the ability to organise and prioritise. One of the most helpful systems I implemented during my year-long search for a training contract was an extensive spread sheet. To begin, I listed out the main information of 100 or so firms with offices…