Welcome to the new look Lawyer 2B Weekly bulletin in which you will find the latest features and analysis to help you make the right decisions along your route to a legal career.
To start, each week you will get some timely advice on securing that dream career along with something to help with your developing commercial awareness. That will be followed by guidance on what to expect if you go into a particular area of law - this week Banking and Finance - a survival guide, the latest from our blog and a 60-second interview with either a recruiter, a graduate recruitment partner or a trainee.
Further down you will see some of our favourite tweets from the previous week and the latest from our Ask Lawyer2B section. News junkies will still get a hit if they scroll down further - this week, for example, we reported that the College of Law is cleverly luring law firms in with its brand new International LPC, putting pressure on BPP to step up if they want to hold onto their consortium of international law firms.
Interviews come in many forms, but are there certain preparations that can boost a candidate’s chance of success? We asked a panel of experts drawn from those conducting the interviews, planning them, advising candidates on what to expect and who have recently been through the process, what they think candidates should be prepared for in law firm interviews, and how to stand out for all the right reasons.
This mercurial concept changes constantly to reflect market conditions, making it one of the most difficult skills to pin down. But all is not lost, developing awareness is just a matter of time IF you have the interest. This article asks why commercial awareness is so essential, how you can get it and how to show it off.
With training contract deadlines looming, we thought our handy survival guide on how to approach application forms would be a useful tool for many. As you embarked on the long and winding road to a career in the law, you probably pictured yourself in a suit barking orders at your minions. Check it out for top tips and advice on how to make your submission stand out.
My friend recently reminded me that from as early as the beginning of secondary school I had professed that I wanted to be a barrister when I grew up. Bar a brief (and somewhat unrealistic) wish to become rich and famous through a singing career around the age of 15, this dream of a life defending those accused of scandulous and ludicrous crimes has never changed.
As we all know, banks are in the money business; they accept our deposits, invest them in a wide range of financial products and make both themselves and us a profit in the process. But ever wondered what banking and finance lawyers actually do? Here we explore what it’sabout; with a peek at the working culture and the skills required to practice in this field