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  • Welcome to Future Lawyers Network

    Brought to you by The University of Law team, Future Lawyers Network is a unique resource to help current and prospective law students become successful modern lawyers.

    With expert advice and insight, we aim to help you understand the legal market, prepare for interviews and manage the early stages of your career. Check out StEP - our free Student Employment Programme and below for our most recent articles and news from the world of law.


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    How to take advantage of a recovering legal market
    FLN identifies emerging trends which are creating opportunities for future lawyers...
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    Tips for vacation schemes
    With exams around the corner and summer fast approaching, GDL student Hannah Lane shares her tips on how to impress on a vacation scheme... 

    CV wordcloud_small Why legal employers like the GDL
    Wondering if a Graduate Diploma in Law is as valuable as a full law degree? Tim Bradshaw, Careers Consultant for The University of Law, tells us why legal employers like the GDL…
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    Why the legal profession welcomes future lawyers with disabilities
    A change in the law and law firms' growing commitment to diversity creates a bright future for lawyers with disabilities...
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    Legal aid: what are the alternatives? 
    In the whirlwind of legal aid cuts, is it time to give serious thought to alternatives to legal aid? 

    Scholarships_small Scholarships: they’re out there for those who look
    In this article we offer a guide to the major funding sources available to future lawyers...

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    Preparing for BPTC scholarship interviews 
    When preparing for BPTC scholarship interviews, it's vital to consider the criteria by which the Inns will make their decision...
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    10 reasons to make a law student your Valentine 
    To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we’re giving you 10 reasons to make a law student your Valentine…

    Papers What to do if you missed the vacation scheme deadline 
    The deadline set by many top law firms for applications to their vacation schemes passed on Friday 31 January. For those who missed the deadline, all is not lost… 
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    What aspiring lawyers should know about the contentious stuff
    (Part II)

    In her latest blog post, University of Law tutor Victoria Ball looks at how the boundaries between civil and criminal matters can often become crossed, or are at least closer than they may first appear…

    Manon Sel small Event review: Shearman & Sterling workshop
    Having been to her fair share of ‘top tips’ workshops, GDL student Manon Sel reflects on one of the best she’s attended – a recent Shearman & Sterling workshop...
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    Surviving the first term on the GDL
    The first term on the Graduate Diploma in Law has flown by for Hannah Lane. In her latest blog post, Hannah reflects on her experiences and shares her top tips for surviving the first term on the course…

      Crystal ball_small Eight legal market predictions for 2014 
    We’ve been gazing into the crystal ball to try and identify the trends that will shape the legal profession in the coming year…
    Quiz_small  Legal quiz: Round-up of 2013
    As 2013 draws to a close, why not test your knowledge of the year's legal news with our end of year quiz...

      Merges and acquisitions_small_2 When two become one: What law firm mergers and acquisitions mean for future solicitors
    Following recent reports of high-profile mergers such as Slater & Gordon and Pannone, this article looks at what such tie-ups can mean for future solicitors… 

    Diversity of law Diversity in law: Spreading upwards, slowly…
    The progression of women and ethnic minorities to senior roles in law firms remains an issue, according to a comprehensive new survey by Chambers Student of 105 law firms. This article takes a look at the findings…

    Bundle Inns of Court small Inns of Court scheme to create extra pupillages is welcomed by Bar hopefuls
    Last month a radical new scheme was announced to subsidise the creation of more pupillages for aspiring barristers – find out more about the ‘Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme’...

    Irvin Shirvani small Networking and the importance of taking part
    LPC student Irvin Shirvani shares his experiences of networking in his first blog post, and reminds us that you never know when you might be presented with an opportunity!

    Review small Review: 'If I knew then what I know now at the Google Campus'
    Earlier this month, seven leading members of the legal profession gathered at the Google Campus to share their wisdom with a roomful of law students...

    8 thing GDL small Eight things you need to know to ace the GDL
    Starting your GDL, or thinking of applying? Find out how you can get the most from the course in this article…

    Manon Sel small Learning how to be a McKenzie Friend…
    In her latest blog post, GDL student Manon Sel tells us about her recent role as a McKenzie Friend and how this has helped broaden her practical legal experience…

    Harriet Allsop small A law conversion: what to do?
    In her first blog post, GDL student Harriet Allsop offers advice for anyone thinking of converting to law, and highlights some key points to think about…

    Victoria Ball   Case management directions – can’t be found on Google Maps
    Interested in civil litigation? University of Law tutor Victoria Ball is getting to grips with case management directions in this blog post…

    Hannah Lane Advice for aspiring lawyers on getting a training contract
    With a training contract already in the bag, GDL student Hannah Lane gives her top tips for successful applications in her first blog post…

    CV small Enhancing your CV
    University of Law Careers Manager Beth Brown, gives sound advice on how law students can enhance their CV...

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    What’s in your legal skills toolbox?!
    How can pro bono help give you the best chances of success at an interview? Get expert tips and advice in this blog post…


    Manon Sel small Letters to a training contract applicant…
    As the deadline for 2015 training contracts has now passed, GDL student Manon Sel reflects on the process and gives some helpful pointers for future applications…

    Interview small I wish I’d said that at interview!
    So you’ve sent off your training contract applications and have your fingers and toes crossed for an interview! So how can you prepare for the next step? Find out in this Employability blog post…

    Juries small Social media and juries: an uneasy combination
    Jurors are only permitted to assess a case on the evidence before them in court. However, the advent of the internet and social media is threatening the modern status quo, with many jurors tempted to seek out more information than is legal…

    Victoria Ball small Litigation – a bit like Marmite
    Interested in a career in litigation and dispute resolution? This new blog from Victoria Ball, University of Law tutor and dispute resolution lawyer, gives a valuable insight into this area of law…

    Gaynor That post-exam feeling
    The LPC exams may be over for Gaynor Hay, but there’s still work that can be done over the summer…

    Eight things every training contract applicant should know Eight things every training contract applicant should know 
    Concerned about the fast-approaching training contract application deadline? Fear not, legal hopefuls - Future Lawyers Network has the advice you need to make your applications count…

    Manon Sel Applications, applications, applications!
    With many 2015 training contract deadlines coming up, GDL student Manon Sel shares her thoughts on tackling applications…

    8 things to do over summer small Exam de-brief: eight useful things law students can do over the summer
    In this article FLN considers some constructive, yet hopefully not too mentally taxing, ways for law students to spend the great British summer.

    Sausages_thumbnail Creative ways for securing work experience
    How could eating a burnt sausage, dressing as Zorro and selling shoes help you secure legal work experience?! Find out in the latest careers and employability blog post…

    Manon Sel Solicitor or barrister?
    Manon Sel, current GDL student at The University of Law, is deciding whether to become a solicitor or barrister in her latest blog post…

    The government’s legal aid reform proposals: The cases for and against Legal aid reform proposals: The cases for and against
    As the deadline for responses to the government’s controversial ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation passes, we look at the cases for and against legal aid reform. Let us know what you think…

    Meme The legal ‘memes’ that went viral
    The advent of social media has accelerated the 'meme' trend, with lawyers and law students increasingly getting in on the act. We look at ten examples of law going viral...

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