Without living and breathing the legal world it can be pretty difficult for students to differentiate between law firms, something which, in the eyes of recruiters, can make or break an application. To help you out we have an article comparing law firms to chocolate bars - very tongue in cheek but satisfying nonetheless. And in an attempt to balance your diet this week we also give you something more cerebral - a report on the latest movements in the world of legal costs.
We also have a survival guide for BPTC students, a focus on white collar crime, a blog post from Exeter law student and Berwin Leighton Paisner brand ambassador Jodie Bradshaw, a profile of DWF apprentice Sloane Mills, and a question from a potential future barrister on funding for the BPTC.
Yum yum conundrum According to research into branding which has compared favourite chocolates with well-known law firms, Berwin Leighton Paisner was compared by a focus panel to Hotel Chocolat because of its high quality, creative image. For more chocolately goodness read this report on the research.
Costs-effective If you become a litigator the battle over costs will often become the bottom line for your future clients - Here is a run down on the latest developments in the world of legal costs.
Survival Guide - Bar Professional Training Course You have succeeded in gaining a good undergraduate degree. Many of you will also have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). You have decided that life at the bar is the right career choice for you. The next step on your career path is the Bar Professional Training Course. What can you expect from the year that lies ahead?
Practice area focus - White collar crime White collar crime is highly complex and can take years from the initial investigation through to either the court hearing or a settlement being reached with the prosecution agency. The pace, type and location of work varies daily and many cases require overseas travel at short notice. Sounds interesting?
60-second interview DWF apprentice Sloane Mills talks about why she took the legal apprenticeship instead of the traditional route to a career in law.
Ask Lawyer 2B - Funding for BPTC With the prices of studying the BPTC reaching £16,000 in some law schools, what are the options of funding the course for prospective students? I have just spent £6,000 doing the GDL, not to mention the debt I have incurred from my undergraduate studies. I am keen to train as a barrister but am conscious of the high price of the BPTC. What options do I have in terms of funding this next stage of training? (4 responses)