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Law School and Careers

On taking the “scenic route” to becoming a lawyer

According to the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England & Wales, the average age of a qualifying solicitor now is 29. However, despite the fact that more and more lawyers are joining the profession in their late 20s or even early 30s, it’s still common for many prospective lawyers to feel like outliers – or even outsiders – if they take a “scenic route” to qualification. I know I certainly did! Inspired by the recent #TimeToTalk day, here is some advice and perspective on being one of those slightly older junior lawyers. For readers who are not familiar…

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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…