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K1 TCchangesandroutestoqualification. Training contract - Solicitors. Find out which firms offer training contracts by using our Training contract search and keep track of approaching deadlines on our Training contract deadlines page. The training contract, or period of recognised training, is the final stage on the path to qualifying as a solicitor. It is the stage at which you put into practice all the knowledge and skills you have learnt so far, and develop these still further within a working environment. The training contract is usually a two-year period spent working at a law firm.

It is normal, especially in the larger firms, for you to spend four blocks of six months each in different departments (these are usually called seats). In smaller firms the training will not be so structured, although you will need to cover at least three areas of work. You should always be under the supervision of a qualified solicitor (although usually not the same one for the whole time), who will manage your workload, monitor your progress and help to train you. Period of recognised training (training contract) Details of the training requirements can be found within the SRA Training Regulations 2014.

The training period enables you to understand the practical implications of the law and develop the following: legal skillscommercial and financial awarenessnegotiation skillsdraftingadvocacyclient care skills The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates this period of your professional development to ensure that there is a framework within which your learning takes place. At the time of qualification you would be expected to be able to demonstrate all of the components of the Day One Outcomes which include: Upon successful completion of the training period a trainee solicitor is deemed qualified and able to seek admission to the Roll of Solicitors and apply for their first practising certificate. This page contains information on: top of page Training offers Many firms, especially larger commercial firms, look to fill training places two years in advance.

Before starting your training Monitoring. Securing a training contract webcast. The training contract - things you need to know. Finding a training contract | Junior lawyers division. Finding a contract can be a difficult and daunting experience: competition for training places is fierce - so where do you start? Solicitors' firms, local and central government, magistrates' courts and in-house legal departments such as those of banks and corporations all offer training contracts. Think carefully about the type of work you wish to pursue so that you can focus your efforts and plan accordingly. Firms often recruit trainees two years in advance of the start of the training contract, and we recommend that you begin applying for training posts in the second year of your undergraduate studies.

The JLD has produced a free online seminar (webinar) that gives top tips for current and future LPC students, and post LPC students who have yet to secure a training contract, and was presented live on 8 July 2010.View the webinar Law fairs For a schedule of law fairs, see The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook , which is published every year in October or November. Contact the SRA. Part-time study training contracts | Junior lawyers division. A part-time study training contract enables you to begin training and start earning money, while at the same time studying a part-time course (CPE/GDL or LPC) leading to qualification. How does it work? Although the contract is called ‘part time’, you will usually work full time in the office and will only be absent to attend study days for the course – on many part-time courses this will also include weekends.

A trainee who undertakes two consecutive part-time courses, for example the last two years of a law degree and the part-time LPC, would complete a period of four years of training at the training establishment. A trainee who completes only the LPC on a part-time basis would need to spend three years training at the firm, two part-time and one on a full-time basis. The training contract As with the full-time training contract, there is a prescribed form for the contract, a copy of which is in the ‘Training trainee solicitors’ guide. Registration of the training contract Eligibility.

Find a Solicitor - The Law Society. Training contract search. The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to the best Law firms, top Lawyers, Attorneys, Advocates, Solicitors and Barristers. Your Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers - Chambers and Partners. Use law fairs to get your training contract or vacation scheme. Here are six ways to help you impress legal recruiters at your university law fair and get a step closer to your desired training contract or vacation placement… just don’t ask recruiters ‘why should I work at your firm?’ 1. Plan which law firms you want to meet Forward planning will help you to focus your research and time on the law firms that particularly interest you when you attend your campus law fair.

Your law department or careers service should be able to provide you with the exhibitor list of graduate recruiters in advance or they may publish it on their website. If not, you should be given a programme on the day. Take a copy of TARGETjobs Law with you (or pick up a copy at the fair) so that you can research solicitors’ firms on the spot, using the organisational profiles and jobfinder tables, and talk to recruiters with confidence. 2. The fact that the recruitment team has travelled to your university is a clear sign that they’re interested in recruiting its graduates. 3. 4. 5. Choosing the right training contract for your graduate career in law | TARGETjobs. Before you start the application process for a graduate job as a trainee solicitor, think carefully about what you want from your legal career and initial training.

That way you'll be able to find the law firm that's right for you. Don't assume that you ought to set your sights on the law firms that offer the highest salaries and are involved in the highest-profile deals. If you don’t take some time to work out what you really want, you could find that your career as a solicitor is headed in the wrong direction from the outset. Although you’re free to swap firms once you’ve finished your training contract, you’ll find it difficult to move somewhere with a completely different focus.

On the other hand, if you think through your options clearly, your thorough approach will come across in your applications and interviews. Which legal areas of practice interest you? The most important factor to consider is which areas of law you’d like to try out. Take the size of law firms into account. When and how to apply. You’ve done some basic research and spotted a firm that you like the look of. How to find out more? Well, we suggest using this set of questions (originally from The University of Law) to drill down into the organisation you hope one day to join! And note - many of the answers can be found on the LawCareers.Net directory pages - just search for the firm name. Here’s the list of questions - some answers may require more digging than others.

Basic details Name of firm Age of firm Number of partners Location(s) Number of offices Category (eg, corporate, national or high street) Main practice areas Deadline for applications Recent cases/deals Identify some recent cases/deals. Place in the profession Who are their competitors (eg, in practice areas or location)? The firm and you What are your career prospects at the organisation? We hope this is a useful place to start. Choosing a training contract with a law firm outside London | TARGETjobs. When deciding whether to apply for a regional or City training contract, consider the different firms' culture, clients and areas of legal practice rather than the whether they are labelled as regional, national or international law firms.

Do you want to find a training contract in London – or at a regional or national law firm? This is likely to be one of the first questions you ask yourself as an aspiring trainee solicitor. But how different is the training experience? Which type of law firm would suit you best? What’s the difference between a regional law firm and a national law firm? The growing trend for law firms to brand themselves as full-service firms with both national and international clients makes the distinction between international, national and regional firms harder to define.

Commercial work as a lawyer outside London Regional and national firms are conscious of the pull towards London felt by graduates wanting to go into law. A smaller intake of trainee solicitors. K1 Researching Solicitors Firms. The UK Legal 500 2014 > In-house Lawyers. UK City Firms. K1 How to Use What You Find Out. Training contract deadlines. As we expect you probably already know, the training contract is the holy grail for would-be solicitors. So you need to have a strong grasp on when your target firms require you to submit your impressive applications! This page is designed to provide a list of firms’ deadlines for training contract applications. The list includes firms that are recruiting for this year and next, as well as those that follow the traditional two-years-in-advance schedule. You should also check out the work placement (also called vacation scheme) deadlines page. The best way for you to collate all of those deadlines that are of interest is to save the firm to your MyLC.N account, where the related deadlines will be automatically added to your personal MyCalendar.

Just click 'Add to MyLC.N' on the firm’s directory page. Disclaimer: While we make every effort to ensure that information on LawCareers.Net is correct, we cannot take responsibility for any inaccuracies. Developing the skills a firm looks for. Success at interview is one thing. Steve Bone of The University of Law, York looks at the skills you need to acquire in order to succeed at the law firm of your choice Law firms and careers professionals provide tips to applicants on how to get training contracts and vacation schemes, which requires a specific skill set. But is this missing the point? The question should be: can you do the job as well as write applications and get through interviews successfully? Do you want to buy into a law firm, become a part of their success? In other words is the firm’s success your success? Are you looking ahead to develop new skills and seek new opportunities? Students missing deadlines or important pieces of information will often say “Nobody told me!”

A Skills Checklist What does a cursory glance at the texts available to LPC students and practitioners tell us? Let’s start with writing and drafting. Going the Extra Mile Developing Your Skills to the Full Review your CV. Trainee Solicitors - What Are Law Firms Looking For? | Trainee Solicitor Surgery. Competition for training contracts has never been more fierce than it is today. So, unless you are an applicant with an oxbridge double first, rowing captain and chairman of the debating society on your CV, you need to understand what firms are looking for and seek to demonstrate as much of it as you can.

Demonstrating Key Attributes Here’s a summary of some of the key attributes you need to project to your potential future employers: 1. Academics It goes without saying that the law attracts those towards the top of the intellectual scale. Firms do not solely look at the final degree achieved, they may also look at the marks achieved in each year at university to weed out those who slacked in years 1 and 2 and pulled it round in year 3. Therefore, if you want to ensure you have the edge the key is consistent, rather than patchy, academic results. 2.

Are you just an academic robot or have you developed other sides of yourself? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Find Out More About One To One Help >>>> K1 21 secrets ebook published 6 4 11. K1 Qualityandquantity. K1 KeepitPunchy. K1 LairoftheLists. K1 MaximiseReadabilitydocx. K1 Targetyourapplications.

How to write winning covering letters for law firms | TARGETjobs. When applying for a training contract or vacation scheme, your covering letter will probably be the first thing a legal recruiter looks at. Get their attention for all the right reasons using this handy guide. Many solicitors’ firms will ask you to apply for a training contract with a covering letter. Some will want you to upload this as part of an online application form, while others – usually smaller, high street firms – will want you to send the letter alongside a CV.

In either case, the covering letter is likely to be the first aspect of your application that the recruiter looks at. Legal recruiters at major law firms read through hundreds of applications from aspiring trainees each year and will only spend a minute or so reading your covering letter. Some recruiters say that they make their decision paragraph by paragraph – if they aren’t impressed by halfway through, they might not even read the rest of the letter. See our annotated legal covering letter. The opening Why them? Ask the Experts | The Lex 100 student guide to law. Welcome to our monthly updated section featuring Q&A sessions with our regular panel of top UK law firm representatives, who'll tackle any topic to do with graduate recruitment, applications, interviews, training contracts, vacation schemes and much more.

If you have a question we haven't covered, just drop us a line, or tweet us @TheLex100, and we'll keep it in mind. If New Year’s Resolutions are your thing, what can you decide to do in your spare time in 2015 in order to develop new skills and strengthen your CV? Click here to meet our expert panel. What importance is placed on my extra curricular activities? Gemma Trott HR Officer, Graduate Recruitment Ashurst "Extra-curricular activities are crucial in shaping a candidate.

Recruiters are looking for a set of competencies which individuals develop in many more ways than studying. For more information about Ashurst and to apply click here Monika Ciereszko Graduate Recruitment Adviser Shearman & Sterling Why do firms offer vacation schemes? LC.N's guide to formal writing - Features. According to recruiters, too many applications are let down by sloppy writing skills. Read on for a quick crash course in the precise parlance of formal application writing.

Shakespeare made up words, spelt his name however he pleased and is still praised for his mastery of language. However, if his CV was written along those lines today, every law firm would bin his application. All recruiters say the same; simple errors in spelling and grammar derail otherwise-competitive applications. Most hopefuls are no doubt able to spell to an acceptable standard, but despite continual reinforcement of the importance of good writing, simple mistakes are easy to make (and miss) when you're feeling under pressure and having to think about other things.

Equally important is the tone in which you write your applications. If you're not as confident with the rules of the writing game as you could be, read on. Spelling Let's start with the basics. Best of British Use British spellings, not American.