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​Why your firm should send one of its trainees to Brussels

10 November 2017

Spending a seat in the Law Societies’ Office in Brussels is not only a great opportunity for the trainee, but also for their firm.

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Case study: Training in-house

7 March 2016By

Leanne Wood, a trainee at CSR plc, looks back at her decision to take an in-house training contract, and why she’d recommend it as a route to practice

How LinkedIn can be used to best effect for law job seekers

2 November 2014Updated: 5 February 2015

Claire Cavanagh, Associate Director at EJ Legal, provides a wealth of top tips to help you get noticed and tick the recruiter’s boxes.

Training contract troubleshooting: practical guidance on starting your training contract

4 August 2014Updated: 4 March 2015

Emma Dickinson, a JLD representative on the Law Society Council, offers practical guidance on starting your training contract, including negotiating terms and conditions, keeping your trainee diary up to date and other regulatory requirements you need to observe

Finding a training contract

27 June 2014Updated: 2 February 2015

Finding a contract can be a difficult and daunting experience: competition for training places is fierce - so where do you start?

Data collection: don’t ask don’t tell

1 May 2014Updated: 5 February 2015

Emma Dickinson looks into the difficulty getting data on qualification and employment rates for LPC and GDL graduates

Legal aid: the need to campaign

17 March 2014Updated: 3 February 2015


Would you have taken the LPC if you'd known how few training contracts there are?

16 October 2012Updated: 4 February 2015

Mark Pentecost writes about the availability of training contracts and the thoughts and views of the JLD community on getting a contract.

Seven steps to social media heaven for junior lawyers

11 September 2012Updated: 2 February 2015

Using social media can provide an important boost for your career. Read out top tips

Bare minimum: SRA's trainee wage victory could spark race to the bottom

22 June 2012Updated: 2 February 2015By Alex Aldridge

Alex Aldridge reviews the aftermath of the SRA’s decision to abolish the minimum salary for trainees.

Acculaw's new training contract recruitment model - innovative or short sighted?

18 September 2011Updated: 3 February 2015

Grace Cowling, a member of the JLD executive, reviews the Acculaw trainee recruitment model and assesses the implications for junior lawyers and the profession.

Communication skills

4 August 2010Updated: 18 February 2015

What makes a strong communicator? Trainee solicitor Helen Morris provides her top tips for good communication at work.

Work-based learning: the case against

25 June 2010Updated: 3 February 2015

In answer to Helen Morris’s article in support of the the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s pilot scheme for work based learning as a new route to qualification, Beth Wanono looks at the arguments against the proposal.

The case for qualifying through work-based learning

25 June 2010Updated: 3 February 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is in the process of conducting a pilot scheme for work-based learning - a new route to qualification as a solicitor. In this article, trainee solicitor Helen Morris writes in support of the proposal.

How to excel at work

4 June 2010Updated: 18 February 2015

What does your employer really expect from you? Judith Perkins gives us the lowdown on how to be a fantastic employee

Making effective presentations

4 June 2010Updated: 18 February 2015

Do your presentation skills need a brush up? Junior lawyer Annalisa Checchi shares her top ten pointers.

Handling interviews

12 November 2009Updated: 18 February 2015

Interviews can be nerve-wracking for all of us. Leanne Howard shares her strategies for being a great interviewee.

Paralegalling: a route to entry to the profession

11 September 2009Updated: 2 February 2015

Paralegaling is sometimes a way of earning money to pay for the LPC, or to gain legal experience. More recently, it has become a popular choice for LPC graduates whilst they look for a training contract.

Finance: a quick guide

11 September 2009Updated: 18 February 2015

Some quick and easy tips for managing your money

Dealing with debt

9 September 2009Updated: 18 February 2015

Perhaps one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome to qualify as a solicitor is debt and financial hardship.  This is a problem which faces all of us, and is something that shows no sign of disappearing.

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The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) represents, campaigns and provides services for LPC students, paralegals looking for training contracts, trainee solicitors, and solicitors up to five years qualified.

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