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Law firms' preferred universities 2019
Over nine years we've tracked the universities feeding the legal profession. Our findings include: 76.5% of trainees at the leading 130+ firms are Oxbridge and Russell Group graduates.

5 July 2019

NQ salaries 5 years   Law firm salary hikes 2019
US firms present a power struggle in the London market - but this is very old news, says our research. What is new is the surprising hold millennials have in this economy. 

26 June 2019

DLD 3  

The Big Interview: Dame Linda Dobbs

Dame Linda Dobbs was the first black High Court judge and has worked on countless complicated and high-profile matters. We sat down with her to discuss her remarkable career over a cup of tea.

22 May 2019

Trainee retention 2018


Trainee retention 2018

In the largest survey of its kind, we weigh up trainee retention rates across the legal market – how likely is it you'll score an NQ position at your firm?

29 March 2019

Rolls Building


What is Chancery law? (sponsored)

Chancery is a big deal at the Bar. Many struggle to define it, but one set certainly doesn't: XXIV Old Buildings takes us on a walk down Chancery Lane...

21 November 2018

How to succeed on a vac scheme - AG


How to succeed on a vac scheme (sponsored)

Whether you’re applying for a vac scheme or you’ve got one lined up already, it’s important to understand what you can gain from one. Here are 15 easy steps to vac scheme success.

6 November 2018

Debevoise & Plimpton


Debevoise & Plimpton - True Picture

Debevoise lawyers work with colleagues across its network on areas ranging from international dispute resolution to investments funds.

30 October 2018

Brexit missing star


How law firms are responding to Brexit

To be a commercially aware candidate in 2018 means understanding how the legal profession is positioning itself for Brexit.

30 October 2018

Becoming a project finance lawyer


Becoming a project finance lawyer (sponsored)

Project finance whizzes at White & Case talk us through the opportunities on offer to do project finance work at this global firm, especially in Africa.

23 October 2018

STEM image


STEM students: how to become a commercial lawyer (sponsored)

With the help of Clifford Chance, we discover how a background in science, technology, engineering or maths could be the golden ticket to a rewarding legal career.

16 October 2018

Travers diversity


Improving diversity and inclusion at City law firms  (sponsored)

Travers Smith shows us how a City firm can break the mould and become a model for diversity – but “diversity is the easy bit!” lawyers tell us…

9 October 2018



Welcome to law

A short guide for anyone considering a career in law, whether you did law or a non-law degree.

9 October 2018


Calling all non-law students


Non-law students: yes, you can become a lawyer too

Classics student and aspiring lawyer Henry Letts shares his experiences and others’ of pursuing a legal career from a non-law background.

4 September 2018

Becoming a banking lawyer


Becoming a banking lawyer

What is banking law? And what do banking lawyers do all day? Interviewees at Baker McKenzie explain.

24 July 2018

Leslie Thomas - quote


The Big Interview: Leslie Thomas QC

Leslie Thomas QC is representing the families of Grenfell victims and working to protect land rights in Barbuda where "the fate of a whole island is at stake.”

17 July 2018



What is mooting?

A guide to mooting at university, law school and beyond.

3 July 2018

Legal apprenticeships


Legal apprenticeships

If you fancy learning on the job and getting paid to do it, a law apprenticeship might be your ideal route into law – and you won't even need to impress Lord Sugar.

30 May 2018

Baroness Hale interview


The Big Interview: Baroness Hale

All Hale the Queen of Law! Chambers Student sits down with the first female president of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale of Richmond.

10 April 2018

Crown Prosecution Service


Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for bringing prosecutions against people who have been charged with a criminal offence.

6 March 2018

Legal problem questions


Legal problem questions

If you've got any pupillage interviews coming up this spring you are likely to face a topical legal-ethical problem question. Here's our advice on how to deal with them.

6 March 2018

glass ceiling


Gender pay gap 2018

We looked at the gender pay gap from a new angle and found the market-wide gap to be much larger than expected.

20 February 2018

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School background of trainees solicitors

How does school background affect your career in law?

20 February 2018



Russell-Cooke - True Picture

A mix of commercial, charity and personal law work is on offer at South West London-based Russell-Cooke.

13 February 2018

Becoming an energy lawyer


Becoming an energy lawyer

Energy and natural resources is a fast-changing sector. Interviewees at Vinson & Elkins tell us what lawyers working in this area do.

16 January 2018

Pupillage Question Time


Pupillage application tips

On 4 December 2017 we attended the University of Law's 'Pupillage Application Question Time' to get some tips on pupillage applications.

9 January 2018

Trainee retention 2017


Trainee retention 2017

How likely are you to be kept on as a qualified solicitor by a firm after completing a training contract there? Our retention survey attempts to answer that question.

9 January 2018

Working outside London


Becoming a lawyer outside London

Once again, you cram yourself into the heaving rush-hour tube. Suddenly you realise that working in London just might not be that great...

3 January 2018

Docklands banks (1)


Becoming a finance lawyer

Mayer Brown has a significant focus on finance in its London office. We asked lawyers at this global firm to tell us what working in finance law involves day to day.

19 December 2017

Clydes - professional disputes


Professional and financial disputes

They're the lawyers who other professionals turn to when their reputation is at stake. In this feature Clyde & Co's professional disputes lawyers share their experiences.

12 December 2017

Freshfields trainees


Becoming a corporate lawyer: the view from Freshfields

If you don’t know your M from your A and scratch your head every time someone says ‘corporate law’, don’t sweat it. We’ve asked Freshfields lawyers to explain.

5 December 2017

Innovation & technology


Technology, innovation and law firms

Lots of law firms talk about being 'innovative', but what does this actually mean? Taylor Vinters provides some examples.

28 November 2017

Planning & environmental law


Planning and environmental law: the view from Landmark Chambers

Three barristers from Landmark Chambers explain what planning and environmental law is and what's going on in these areas of law.

21 November 2017

Royal Courts of Justice


Becoming a lawyer in litigation 

We interviewed some Jones Day litigators to learn how they're building their careers and how they spend their days.

14 November 2017

Construction law


Construction law: the view from Keating Chambers (sponsored)

Barristers at Keating Chambers share their views on how to build you career in construction law and give advice on how to get into the field.

7 November 2017


How to succeed on the LPC


How to succeed on the LPC

Doing the LPC or thinking of starting it soon? An LPC student shares their anonymous tips and advice on how to survive and thrive on the course.

24 October 2017



The Solicitors Qualifying Examination

From 2021 there's going to be an entirely new way of qualifying as a solicitor replacing the GDL, LPC and training contract.

12 October 2017

International arbitration  

Arbitration: a beginner's guide

International arbitration is the less-understood sibling of litigation, but it's a very big deal indeed.

12 October 2017