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    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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    FLN provides top tips on making the most of winter vac schemes...
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    There was plenty to chew on for future lawyers during National Pro Bono Week: FLN considers the key points...

    5 things we learned from #legalcheeklive at Gray's Inn
    120 law students were given an hour to ask a panel of top lawyers anything they liked. FLN summarises the most interesting things they learned...

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    Imogen Burton, Director of Business Development, gives advice and top tips on how to use law fairs as an important career networking opportunity...
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    FLN shares the secrets to making a good start to legal education...
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    Imogen Burton, Director of Business Development, discusses why you should study law... 
    Judge Rinder: What's so wrong with a bit of pantomime law?
    The long-awaited British version of hit US show 'Judge Judy' has finally begun, we review the UK version...
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    As A-level results day nears, we offer advice to prospective law students on how to handle the Clearing process...
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    It is important for international students to be as prepared as possible before leaving your home country to come and study in the UK…
    TC application tips_small 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…
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    With law students’ attention turning to work experience, we offer top tips on how to perform well during a vacation scheme and use the placement as a springboard to a training contract…
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    Banksy's fame brings a headache to would-be art dealers and community leaders the world over: just who owns a Banksy?
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    Firms' jostling for position over trainee and associate pay recalls pre-recession legal market: but this time around expect more restraint.
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    There are two good reasons to research law firms: to find out where you want to apply to and then to improve your applications...
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    Barristers' enthusiasm for social media means Twitter is awash with advice for Bar hopefuls preparing for pupillage interviews. We bring you the best bits…
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    Pay rises at top City law firms suggest that this time around the surge in training contract numbers is here to stay...
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    Everything is going to be OK, if you follow these tips...
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    FLN identifies emerging trends which are creating opportunities for future lawyers...
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    With exams around the corner and summer fast approaching, GDL student Hannah Lane shares her tips on how to impress on a vacation scheme...   
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    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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    A change in the law and law firms' growing commitment to diversity creates a bright future for lawyers with disabilities...

    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? 

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    In this article we offer a guide to the major funding sources available to future lawyers...

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    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… 
    Victoria Ball

    What aspiring lawyers should know about the contentious stuff
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    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…

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    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…
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    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…

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    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’...

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    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!

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    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...

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    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…

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

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