Getting a training contract

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How do you become a solicitor? Follow these steps...

1. What is a training contract?

In simple terms, a training contract is the step between your academic life and your life as a qualified solicitor, but there's more to it than that!

2. What are legal recruiters looking for?

So you've got a degree? Bravo. So does everyone else. Now the serious business of making yourself employable begins.

3. Application and selection criteria

How many trainees does each law firm recruit? How many applications does it get a year? The answer to these questions and more are here.

4. Making successful applications

We can't emphasise this more strongly: bulk applications rarely end well. Here are some tips on how to proceed.

5. How to succeed at interviews and assessment days

Interviews and assessment days are to be celebrated, not dreaded. You’ll send out tons of application forms and get blanked by many firms. So when you do get an interview, give it your all.

6. Managing job offers

After all the hard work involved in securing a training contract offer, you’ll need to know what to do when you actually land one.

In autumn 2021, the Solicitors Qualifying Examination was rolled out as it began to replace the LPC as the new route to qualifying as a solicitor. But what changed with the SQE? Quite a lot...