If you’re planning on becoming a lawyer it’s best that you get to grips with the relevant jargon. It will soon become second nature and none of it is particularly difficult, but it’s still worth swotting up ahead of an interview to avoid being stumped by any unforeseen acronyms.

A day of high-pressure evaluation at a law firm also gives you a platform to show off your skills.

These days, over 80% of the UK’s top 100 commercial firms use assessments of one form or another. So what will you actually have to do during an assessment day? Well, it really varies from firm to firm, but our findings indicate that written case studies, group exercises, and verbal reasoning tests are all popular choices. Popular for the firms, that is…

Write the best covering letters, CVs and application forms – and put yourself at the front of the queue…

It’s an arduous process applying for training contracts – but with sensible preparation, a dose of common sense and a touch of luck (not to mention decent academic results!) it needn’t seem such an uphill struggle. There are plenty of little things you can do to make life easier for yourself.

While attending numerous law fairs last autumn, the Lex team was struck by the number of students voicing uncertainty and concern about the law conversion course and how candidates who have sat it may be perceived by employers. This article will hopefully offer a bit more information on what the conversion course is, and calm fears that it may be anything other than a respected, well-worn pathway into the legal profession.

The Legal Practice Course is the final mandatory qualification required before commencing a training contract. It’s also a considerable financial commitment, especially in the light of constant hikes in tuition fees. For that reason, you are well-advised to do as much research as you can – so read on!

As pre-training contract legal experience goes, vacation schemes are the big one. Now well-established and ubiquitous in the industry, vacation schemes are a great way to experience first-hand life at a law firm, and to see if the employer, and career, matches your interests. It’s also an opportunity to impress and enhance your prospects, with several vac schemes also offering training contract interviews at the end of the placement. All that said, it still requires giving up two weeks’ precious holidays, during which you will have other commitments including, perhaps ironically, working hard towards securing the impressive academic grades so valued by law firms! So in signing up for a vacation scheme, what exactly are you getting in return?

If you’re a disillusioned barrister or a foreign lawyer keen to broaden your capabilities, the QLTS enables you to change direction and qualify as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Law students (second year undergraduate) and non-law students (final year)

This timetable refers mainly to law firms which recruit two years in advance. Check with individual firms for specific application dates and deadlines.