The Myth of Cool Law Firms

What are all the different names for firms about? In the UK firms tend to be described or describe themselves (note, they might describe themselves differently from how they are viewed) by five different terms. US firms you guessed it – these can be US firms that have opened an office in the UK, or…

Legally Liana’s Mentoring Programme

The mentoring programme has launched! Everyday I get messages from people asking me to review their application, send them CV templates, and talk through their options with them for law. I try to share as much as I can on my blog, but sometimes answering all these messages is impossible. As a result, I am…

London Young Lawyers Ambassador

I am excited to announce that I have become an ambassador for the London Young Lawyers group, an organisation which connects law students, trainees and junior lawyers through networking opportunities and different types of events. In the past month I have attended two events organised by LYLG which were completely different but equally fun and…

Law and the Myth of Selling Your Soul

I’m sure that anyone who has told, well, anyone about wanting to be a lawyer has been told something like ‘you’ll be selling your soul to the corporate world’ or ‘ I hope you’re ready to give up all your social life’. I am pretty sure that no person (or at least no person with…

Reading logs – the key to remembering what you read

How do I remember important things from what I read about law, politics and commercial awareness? 1.Keep a reading log. Write down what you are reading about and what the source is (eg Book name and author name, or news theme, source and date) and then use TWO colours to divide the information. Pick one…

Handling Case Studies

Quick Case Study FAQ 1. What is a case study? A case study is when you are given a potential business scenario and asked to assess it for a particular outcome. These completely vary from firm to firm, with only some firms incorporating them into interviews whilst others don’t use them. 2. What kind of…

Commercial Awareness: What you actually need to know

Commercial awareness can feel like you’re falling into a deep and dark pit of never-ending news, politics, and business memos…🏴‍☠️ But don’t panic! This post will help you understand what it is you actually need to know about commercial awareness. Topics that will most probably come up (get reading up on these 😎) Brexit What…

Vac Scheme Secrets: What the Firm is Looking For

Vac schemes can seem really pressurised as you are thrown into a new working environment, constantly meeting new people and contending with new tasks you might never have done before. I am sharing the top five things law firms are looking for in you for you to focus on when you get to your vac…

Your Top TC Concerns Answered

This is an understandable concern. The top 30 firms in the UK (not including US firms) average between 1500-2000 applications per cycle for vac schemes and training contracts. Smaller firms will receive less but again there are different numbers of training contracts available depending on the size of the firm. However, just because it is…

Innovation and Tech: The Law Schools Leading the Way

keep reading to find out about the law schools embracing innovation and tech, and what the predictions are surrounding lawyers needing to learn code for the future… For a long time, law firms traditionally recruited trainees from Oxford and Cambridge, a pool which Russell Group universities managed to filter into as time went on. But,…