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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Now the heat wave is truly over and temperatures are dropping rapidly, we all have to finally admit to ourselves that the summer has indeed ended.
For aspiring lawyers, the autumn means that the law fair season is finally here - with firms starting to reveal their very secretive 2011-12 graduate recruitment campaigns and promotional freebies just in time to make a major splash at universities from next week.
But remember that law fairs are not all about the giveaways. They are a valuable source of information for anyone who is serious about training as a solicitor or barrister.
So for those planning to scan the room for the best freebies and then scarper, I would definitively think again.
And while the graduate recruitment teams start to dust off their suitcases, box their brochures and struggle with constructing exhibition stands - this is the time for all you would-be lawyers to start researching your potential future employers.
Look at the firms’ websites, and check out The Lawyer and of course Lawyer2B to get you up to speed on the latest developments.
This is essential preparation for a law fair to ensure you ask the recruiters and trainees intelligent questions and ultimately leave a good first impression.
On this note, make sure you dress appropriately as well. No, it is not necessary to splash out on a brand-new suit, but do try to look smart and avoid the skimpy denim mini skirts or mud-stained tracksuit bottoms.
Finally, regardless of the size of the fair, there simply will not be enough time for you to talk to every exhibitor. Take the time to look at a list of exhibitors so you can pick and choose the ones that interest you most well in advance.
For a more detailed guide to law fairs, check out our Lawyer2B autumn edition available later this month.