Vacation scheme deadlines?

Take a look:  The Lex 100

As good bargains go, vacation schemes stand out as amazing 3-for-1 deals: for just a few weeks of your time, you get to improve your resume, brush up your legal skills and, best of all, you can see first-hand what life’s truly like at your favourite law firm before committing to the full training contract experience.

Because we know a number of you are set on giving vacation schemes a try, we’ve put together a collection of relevant application deadlines to help you along.

Check out the Career Clinic while you’re on the website!

“I got so many rejections!!” The importance of research…

Devika Shangari is a former Brunel student who has had great success in the legal field. I’ve posted this before but I was listening back today and think it’s interesting what she says about focussing on a handful of quality applications.

Knowing the area of law you want to work in and the type of firm you want to work for and focusing your applications around those criteria is a much more useful  than the scattergun approach. Listen to what Devika has to say about this.


The Latest Legal News Straight To Your Ipod

If you like to get your information delivered straight into your earphones then Lawcasts could be for you. The podcasts feature daily news from the legal profession hosted by Charon QC.

They’re an alternative way of keeping up to date with commentary and analysis of current legal issues. The podcasts don’t seem to be available on itunes so you will have to go to the page to listen.

Taking The Pain Out Of Training Contract Applications

Training contract applications should always be tailored specifically to the firm you’re applying to; a copy and paste job will be spotted a mile off and is the best way to get your form put straight into the reject bin.

Having said that, being able to copy and paste the standard, repetitive elements of your applications such as your GCSE and A Level grades could be a great time saver and would help some way towards easing the feelings of dread when facing yet another application form.

This is where’s MyLC.N, tool comes in very handy. MyLC.N helps you to keep all your key employability information in one place before you start applying for training contracts and a really useful feature of this tool is MyLocker. Here’s where you can store your key information, such as grades, and apply to participating firms without having to re-type the same facts for each and every application. This means you can spend your precious application-making time on getting the important questions answered as best you can.

If you need any help with application forms or setting up a MyLC.N account pop in to the Placement and Careers Centre in the Bannerman Centre during my Quick Query times.

Six figure salary? Advising at Board level?

Would you like a career with big earning potential and the opportunity to advise at Board/Director/Senior Manager level? Do you like corporate law, finance, and corporate governance? You might want to consider the ICSA qualification – many law graduates do.

It’s the qualification to become a Chartered Secretary – it’s a PA role, right? Wrong! A Chartered Secretary is not a PA or a typist. Far from it! Think Home Secretary or Secretary General of the UN. It’s a very wide ranging, senior level job where you advise senior staff on core legislative issues relating to the organisation.

Take a look at the ICSA you tube link where Chris Taylor, Deputy Company Secretary at BSkyB Group PLC and Lola Emetulu, (solicitor) and Deputy Company Secretary at Reckitt Benckiser Group plc discuss their roles, day-to-day tasks and the skills required to work as a Chartered Secretary. Or take a look at the icsaglobal website

Commercial Awareness advice from Deloitte

gleaned from a recent presentation by the College of Law.
•Keep up to-date with business issues- but pick an issue that interests you!
•Read quality newspapers and magazines- the business pages of the major broadsheet newspapers should cover most of the background that you need
•Use iGoogle as your homepage on your computer so you can add relevant RSS newsfeeds to make it even easier to keep up-to-date with the latest news i.e. BBC, Bloomberg
•Company/organisation websites provide more specific information about the organisation and its products/services. These allow useful comparisons to be made
•Follow the companies progress on Facebook and Twitter.
•Watch business related programmes- Working Lunch, The Money Programme, Dragon’s Den and even shows like The Apprentice do raise a number of business issues.
•Don’t forget- your own personal experience is important- societies, part-time jobs, summer internships- it all counts!