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Writing a First-Class Dissertation: An Introduction to the Series 

Part 1 As part of the Law degree at university, some schools may require law students to complete a supervised or completely independent research project in […]

What To Expect From Your First Year In Law School

A guide on some of the key things to expect from your first year at law school.

The LNAT: A Comprehensive Guide for Future Lawyers  

Being a law student is an exciting journey, with numerous obstacles along the way that both challenge us and teach us new skills. For many, a significant stage in this journey is facing the LNAT: The Law National Admissions Test. This test is used by […]

Everything You Need to Know About The Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)

Article by Hannah Forsyth One of the key steps to securing a place on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT). […]

5 Top Tips for the Ultimate GDL Personal Statement

The GDL is a particular type of legal course. Therefore, it requires a particular type of personal statement during the application stage. The admissions tutor for […]

Navigating Through A Legal Gap Year

 For a number of reasons, many students choose to take a gap year before university, deciding either well in advance of A Levels or on results […]

Why become a lawyer? 4 reasons why a career in law is calling to you

If you’re looking for a rewarding career, where no two days are the same, a job that is financially satisfying yet takes years of academic commitment […]

Mental Health Amongst University Students

Many new and returning students are moving away from home, their networks of friends and having to adopt to the cultural shock of a new area […]

Mini Pupillages: The Comprehensive Guide

Mini Pupillages are an essential part of training to be a barrister – you’ll find it very difficult to find a pupillage without at least a […]

4 Ways Law Graduates Can Build their Reputation in the Legal Industry

Passed the bar or LPC? Interned at all the right places? In possession of a glittering resume, filled with outstanding grades and certifications? It’s taken you […]

An International Student’s Guide to Studying Law

Moving for university can in some cases, be a daunting experience, and in my case, moving nearly halfway across the world for the next three to […]

Are Legal Placements worth an Extra Year at University?

Placements year are becoming the new trend, with universities offering its students the “sandwich year” opportunity to spend in the legal industry. Placement year therefore allows […]

How to Get a Law Training Contract in Finance

If your dream is to become a solicitor, you will have to apply for a training contract before you can practice law. For those who are […]

A Law Student’s Approach to University Applications

Every student’s university application experience will be different – however, feelings of uncertainty and confusion will be common, as well as excitement and optimism about what […]

4 Things to Look for in a Prospective Law Firm

Are you a graduate and in search of an employer? Are you finding it hard to pin down the best place to apply? Acquiring a law […]

Why working as a motoring offences lawyer may be a good career move

During their studies, many students realise that certain areas of the law interest them more than others. For a lawyer, it makes sense to specialise, especially […]

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Training Contract Applications

This article is brought to you by the TSL Training Contract Surgery.  If you are struggling with training contract or vacation scheme applications, be sure to […]

A Level Law: a Good Choice for Future Lawyers?

Many universities require applicants to have achieved certain A Levels in order to study a course – Maths wants Maths, for example (though my knowledge on […]

A GDL’s Student Feedback

This time last year I had just finished my undergraduate degree and was excited to begin my study of the Graduate Diploma in Law. One year […]

Everything You Need to Know about the Changes to Future Bar Training

The next two years will see a major overhaul of the established routes to legal qualification in England and Wales.  For prospective solicitors, the Solicitors Qualification […]

What should I be including in my law graduate CV?

It’s graduate season and you’re almost ready to walk out in to the world of work. But how do you demonstrate the skills and experience you’ve […]

ICCA Plans Major Overhaul of Barrister Training

Readers of The Student Lawyer will be well aware of the expense and uncertainties surrounding the long road to becoming a barrister.  The fees alone for […]

What is the Legal Practice Course (LPC)?

If your dream is to become an accomplished solicitor, you’ll need to tackle the unavoidable Legal Practice Course (LPC) once you’ve completed university. The LPC is […]

Tax Implications of Buying Physical Gold and Silver in the UK

Buying physical gold and silver has never been easier, with the number of online vendors, high street providers and banks still eager to provide the assets […]

Review: Is the Pomodoro Technique Really Helpful for Productivity ?

As a full-organized (future) lawyer, this review of the pomodoro technique could help you to know how to manage your time perfectly, with a new more […]

Choosing Your A-level Subjects

This piece considers four different points that are important when establishing whether a Law degree is right for you, and whether you are right for one.

Thinking About Doing a Degree In Law? The Basics

This piece considers four different points that are important when establishing whether a Law degree is right for you, and whether you are right for one.

What to expect during your first few months as a law student

It’s a lot harder than you’ve experienced previously. It’s a law school cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. My first two weeks were relatively tame.

How to be a Memorable Intern

To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to know a little about everything, having your fingerprints on every business activity, especially at the beginning

Insights from the Bright Network First Year Lawyers Top 100 Event, 12th September 2018

The study of Criminal Law within your LLB or GDL can be one of the more interesting topics for students, but it is important to understand the key concepts in order to do well.

How to get into Law as a non-law graduate

From the practicalities of the course, to getting you ahead of the competition, this article introduces you to important next steps, as a non-law graduate.

What to Do with Your Law Degree If a Career In Law Doesn’t Appeal

Nelson Mandela, Andrea Bocelli, and Barack Obama are just three famous people who studied law without dedicating themselves to this profession. In the UK, around 17,855 were accepted to Law courses in the 2016-2017 period, with 67.5% of students comprising women and 32.5% men. Far less students are admitted to the roll.

Is it Possible to Work as a Freelance Lawyer?

In the last few years, the number of freelance workers in the UK has grown from 2 million to an impressive 4.8 million. Freelancers of all ages, experience levels, and educational backgrounds are needed across industries. It is clear that the new workplace (for many) will be outside of the standard office cubicle within the coming decades.

Preparing for Assessment centres – where do I start?

The Assessment Centre Now the end of January has passed (finally), and with it the deadline for many vacation schemes and training contracts for City and […]

Skills, Skills, Skills: Demonstrating your Skills in a Job Application

Article by Giovanni Parcou Alongside expressing your enthusiasm and motivation to work for a particular law firm, demonstrating your skills will be just as equally important […]

Minimum Entry Requirements

Article by Giovanni Parcou Minimum entry requirements (MER) are a common element of law firm application forms, as well as many other corporate and commercial job […]

New academic year, new applications…

It’s that time of year again – vacation scheme and training contract applications have opened and you’re forcing yourself to sit down to fill in those […]

Alternative Careers: Commercial Options

Article by Giovannia Parcou For many final year students the days counting down to your final exams and being released into the big world of adulthood […]

LPC: Five Tips for Survival

Sarah Hinton draws on her recent experiences of the LPC to bring us her top tips on how to survive this notoriously difficult course and also how to get the most out of it.

How To Stand Out As A Recent Law School Graduate

There seem to be more law school graduates than there are quality job openings. However, it is imperative that you are not allowing this fact to dissuade […]

Applying to University to Study a Law Degree

Applying to university can be stressful, but applying to study Law can be particularly difficult as it’s one of the highest ranked degrees in the UK […]

Commercial Awareness – The Elephant in the Room

Written by Shelina Khudurun Commercial Awareness. This is one the most important phrases that you will most definitely hear throughout your legal career. It’s not only […]

Advocacy: What to do to Improve it

  Advocacy is a term that you will find popping up consistently throughout your research and applications to chambers. The main question is: how do I […]

Marshalling – Crucial Experience for the Aspiring Barrister

What is marshalling? Why should I do it? I’m glad you asked… Last August, on a warm summer’s morning I was escorted (of my own volition, […]

A Review of GDL Study Guides

The Graduate Diploma in Law is underway, and students have started making notes to help them achieve the elusive distinction. You may have already seen people consulting various guides and case books, during lectures and tutorials. A quick Google search of ‘GDL revision guides’ throws up a number of different companies, making students spoiled for choice. Therefore, we’ve reviewed the most popular GDL guides currently on the market, in order to make the decision a little easier for you.

10 questions to ask at the end of an interview

With students in first and second year eagerly (or maybe not…) awaiting the arrival of the next round of applications for vacation schemes and training contracts […]

BPTC Scholarship Interview: What to Expect

I recently attended a dreaded BPTC scholarship interview, and lived to tell the tale! What follows is an outline of my experience at Lincoln’s Inn, whilst I […]

Things for Lawyers: The best bag you can buy

In the new Things for Lawyers series, we’ll be exploring some of the best items money can buy to make work easier, more fun or to help you look good while doing it.

Becoming A Paralegal: Advice for Aspiring Graduates

Jodie McMaster provides tips on how to secure a paralegal job, and how it can help aspiring solicitors to secure training contracts. Paralegal positions are often seen as a step forward to securing a training contract. So those, who want to pursue the paralegal career, should be prepared to justify that in the interview.

Firms Changing Training Contract Interview Techniques

Law firms are revamping their interview techniques by introducing strength based questioning. Slowly, law firms are shying away from the usual competency based questions such as, […]

How To Write An Awesome Cover Letter

Cover letters exist to provide an opportunity to highlight what is in your CV, furthermore it allows the capability to create a good first impression. It […]

The Five ‘Must Have’ Books for Every Law Student

Aoife takes a look at the top five books that every law student should read. Ranging from Tom Binghams’ The Rule of Law to Michael Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, this article is an insightful look at the books and reviews.

Seven Things I’ve Learned Since Starting my GDL

1. Time is precious The GDL is, essentially, a degree crammed into one year’s worth of studying, or, if you’re like me, two years of part […]

Top 10 Universities to Study Law

Deciding, when, whether and where to study Law can be tricky. The options are far reaching and can be complicated to sift through. However, panic not! […]

Online and Assessment Centre Testing for Law Careers

Psychometric testing and assessments for Lawyers and other Legal Positions. Improve your technique now. Practise the most common verbal and logical reasoning tests, along with the […]

‘Magic Circle’ Firms Explained

Kaya Hayward takes a look at the five Magic Circle firms, explaining what they stand for and how they differ

Training Contracts: Tips from a Trainee

Shannon Revel provides us with tips from a recent interview she had with a trainee at a regional firm, these tips mainly focus around how to get that all important training contract and what specifically to put into your applications.

An Essential Guide for Law Firm Applications

Need more help with your applications after you’ve read this article?  Be sure to check out the TSL Training Contract Surgery, offering application reviews, practice interviews […]

Student Pro Bono: the FRU

Matt Ahluwalia discusses the role of the Free Representation Unit and the benefits that can be gained from volunteering as a legal representative there.

Combining Full-time Work with Part-time Study

With the typical progression of studying, then a full-time job, it can often be forgotten that many people work full time and study part-time. This article […]

A Career in Law: Is it worth it? An insight into the CILEX Route.

Kirsty Anne asks whether a career in law is worth it and looks at the CILEX route, which is becoming more popular as an alternative route into the legal profession.

The LLB and Dyslexia

The LLB was, is and always will be hard. The study skills and revision techniques you think you have learnt from A-Levels and College do not […]

Open Days at Law Firms – What to Expect

Emily Townsend describes the best way to impress at an open day at a City law firm, including a typical timetable and the best questions to ask their trainees.

Book Review: Know the City

The rewritten up-to-date version, Know the City 2013/14, is heralded a must-read for students considering a career in professional services. Author Chris Stoakes, a lawyer himself, […]

Experiences of a Paralegal

Working as a paralegal is a common job law graduates and those who have qualified as a solicitor/barrister do. Most employers, if not all, would advocate […]

Volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau

Laura Pollard looks at the experience and skills which budding lawyers can gain from volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau, and the benefits they provide to their bureau and the wider community.

How to Approach A Law Firm

Emily Townsend provides advice on informally approaching law firms to seek work experience placements, including insight into how to structure a covering letter and what to expect on your placement.

The LPC: An Overview

Kayleigh Williams provides an insight into the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and an overview of practical considerations such as the course providers, funding and study options.

Studying Tort Law: A Guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987

Charlotte Burmby provides a comprehensive guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

How to Prepare for a Partly Open Book Exam

Raluca Rosu explains the meaning behind a partly open book exam while also giving us tips on how to best prepare and then succeed in these types of examinations.

Scholarships: How to Apply and Succeed

Shannon Revel gives her opinion on how best to succeed when applying for scholarships, specifically those that cover the costs of the notoriously expensive BPTC, while also giving advice from her past experiences of the application process.

Volunteering with the Witness Service

Alasdair Farrell provides an insight into the work done in the Witness Service branch of Victim Support and the benefits for students contemplating becoming volunteers at the charity.

Top 5 Legal TV Shows for the Student Lawyer

Karina Rooney reviews the top five English and American legal TV shows that highlight how the criminal justice system works and how important each role is within the system along with real life accounts into the day to day life of a lawyer.

Preparing for a Career in Family Law

Students who excel at counseling, negotiation, and client care should consider a career in family law. Family law practices mediate, counsel, and litigate a wide variety of domestic matters including estate planning, divorce proceedings, custody cases, and adoption. The field of family law continues to be a growing field as complex family structures create the need for legal support.

Pros and Cons: The Accelerated GDL

If there’s such a thing as the biological education clock, let’s just say it was more than slightly thrown off when I naively strolled into the […]

Law Across the Border: Qualifying in England with a Scots Law Degree

Fiona Todd explains the options which aspiring lawyers with a degree in Scots law have if they would like to qualify in England.

Books Every Lawyer Should Have in Their Library

Given the amount of reading that lawyers do, having a well-stocked library is a must. It is not enough for a lawyer to pack the shelves […]

Preparing for the GDL and a Career in Law

So why do you want to practise law? The answer ‘because I did a law degree’ may not be adequate in today’s turbulent recruitment of future […]

Surviving Law Fairs

Christopher Crawley talks about Law Fairs, and how to get the most out of them.

BPTC Applications

Emily McQuilkin offers some hard facts before explaining the BPTC application process.

Mooting: A Beginner’s Guide

Emily McQuilkin offers a one-stop beginner’s guide to the most common mistakes for first time (or even experienced) mooters.

Mooting – Performance Tips

Liam Draper shares and explains some of his top tips for a successful mooting performance.

Guide to Mooting: Skeleton Arguments

A guide on how to write a skeleton argument for mooting written by The Student Lawyer’s National Mooting Champion Liam Draper.

Letters to a Law Student – Review

Jade-Amanda Laporte reviews Nicholas J. McBride’s advice book, Letters to a Law Student.

Mooting – Scripting

How should students deal with writing a script for mooting written by The Student Lawyer’s National Mooting Champion Liam Draper.

Mooting – A Ten Step Guide

When students first begin to moot, there are quite a few hurdles to overcome. The first hurdle that many students fail to overcome is anxiety. The […]

Come Dine With Me… With a Legal Twist

As any aspiring barrister will know, it is necessary to complete 12 qualifying sessions before you can be called to the Bar. Although there are many […]

Mini-Pupillages: the Advantages and my Experiences

Harry Langford recounts his experiences of mini-pupillage and considers the advantages of undertaking them.

The Golden Rules of Advocacy – Review

If you are considering a career at the Bar, then there is one thing that you cannot escape. The ‘A’ word: advocacy. Indeed, it is why […]

The Rule of Law – Review

Jade Amanda-Laporte reviews ‘the bible of English law’, The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham.

Understanding Global Law Firms

As a student, it is sometimes hard to identify differences between different City and international firms in the job market. This feature intends to give students […]

A Guide to Mooting Judges

Liam Draper offers an informative guide to mooting judges, including what they’re looking for and how to impress them.