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    It’s Valentine’s Day: should I date a lawyer?
    We all know that lawyers have singular qualities that can mark them out as great romantic partners. But they maybe not be for everyone...
    0996_CHINESE_NEW_YEAR_FLN_ARTICLE_HEADER_1024x512_V2SMALLTHUMBNAIL Chinese New Year 2016
    Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year.  It’s the year of the Monkey and it is said that people born in this sign are smart, quick-witted, and enthusiastic...
    0814_SOCIAL_MEDIA_WEEKLY_ROUND_UP_FLN_ARTICLE_THUMBNAIL4 FLN monthly roundup - January 2016
    January was an action-packed month in the legal world – with plenty of excitement to kick-off 2016. In case you missed it, here’s your essential reading...
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    Alumni Profiles: Nastassia Burton, Partner at Stowe Family Law LLP
    ULaw alumna Nastassia Burton took her LPC at ULaw Chester. She’s now managing partner at the UK’s largest specialist family law firm...
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    Colin Ettinger, Visiting Professor ULaw, Head of Personal Injury Irwin Mitchell London
    ULaw’s Visiting Professor Colin Ettinger, Head of Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell’s London office, believes law students who understand technology have a real advantage...
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    FLN monthly roundup - December 2015
    December was anything but quiet in the world of law – so, in case your festive celebrations made you miss it all, here’s a cheat sheet with 10 pieces of essential reading for January...
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    The ULaw Christmas Crib Sheet (pun intended)
    Many of you will be entering the competitive world of quizzes and trivia games over Michaelmas holiday. So, here’s a little Q&A warm-up to help you ace those Christmas competitions...
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    Graduate Star: Melissa King
    ULaw graduate star, Melissa King, took the 2-year accelerated law degree at the London Bloomsbury centre. She received three training contract offers...
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    Hannah Clifford, 2015 Graduate Star
    Hannah Clifford graduated last week having achieved a First in her LLB, which she studied at ULaw in Birmingham. Currently studying for her LPC, she gives some invaluable advice...
    0838_BEATRICE_MTETWA_FLN_ARTICLE_HEADER_V3_thumbnail Profile: Beatrice Mtetwa, Recipient of ULaw Honorary Doctorate 2015
    Beatrice Mtetwa has been called one of the bravest lawyers in Africa and is internationally recognised for her courage in championing human rights and free speech in Zimbabwe...
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    Graduate Star: David Reader
    Amongst the group of LLB and LLM students who graduated this weekend was the recipient of the highest LLB mark in the UK...
    0821_WILLIAM_QUAMINA_FLN_ARTICLE_HEADER_V1_thumbnail Student Snapshot: William Quamina - GDL student, ULaw Manchester
    William Quamina took his law conversion course (GDL) at ULaw Manchester. Opting for the 9-month course he tells other...
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    How law students can improve their employability
    ULaw Director of Employability John Watkins believes students overestimate some of their soft-skills...
    0763_SOLOMON_WIFA_FLN_ARTICLE_HEADER_V1_thumbnail Alumni Profile: Solomon Wifa, Partner Willkie Farr & Gallagher
    ULaw alumnus Solomon Wifa can lay claim to helping get a man off death row in Jamaica as well as becoming the youngest-ever...
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    Staff Snapshot: Matthew Tomlinson - Lecturer, ULaw Manchester
    Matthew Tomlinson knows the University well having taken his GDL and LPC at the Chester centre. He now uses his corporate... 

    0694_-EMILY_MCKINNELL_FLN_ARTICLE_HEADER_thumbnail Student Snapshot: Emily McKinnell - LPC student, Guildford
    Emily McKinnell took the 10 month LPC as well as her GDL at ULaw Guildford. She has successfully secured a training contract...
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    Student Snapshot: Robert Jeffrey - LLM LPC student, ULaw Bristol
    Robert Jeffery took both his GDL and an LLM LPC at ULaw. He was successful in securing a Training Contract at a solicitors firm in Bristol...
    Staff Snapshot: Alex Morrice Staff Snapshot: Alex Morrice - Senior Tutor, Bristol
    Alex Morrice trained and worked as a Commercial Property solicitor. She now brings her passion for law and teaching to ULaw in Bristol...
    first-week-law-school-small  What to do in your first month at law school
    With the first day of school looming, we thought we would share these handy tips for those about to embark on their legal studies...  
    CHRISTINA-GEORGIOU-FLN-SMALL Alumni Profiles: Christina Georgiou - studied the LPC at The University of Law Birmingham
    Read Christina Georgiou's tips and advice as she starts her Training Contract with Squire Patton Boggs this month...
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    Alumni Profile: Nick Connor - Managing Director, Volvo UK
    University of Law alumnus Nick Connor shares his experiences and offers top tips for graduating students... 
    0541-43_UG_HOW_TO_SURVIVE_CLEARING_FLN_SM_IMAGES_BLOG_V4 Getting through Clearing with ULaw
    With the countdown on for A-level results day, The University of Law (ULaw) Clearing team have some tips to help you get through... 
    Staff Snapshot: Ben Ferris, Senior Tutor, Guildford
    Staff Snapshot: Ben Ferris, Senior Tutor, Guildford
    We caught up with the first time dad to find out a little about how his journey from legal practice to training the legal stars of the future...
    Student Snapshot: Amanda Isabella Cheng, LLB (Hons) ULaw Bloomsbury
    Student Snapshot: Amanda Isabella Cheng, LLB (Hons) ULaw Bloomsbury
    Hailing from Hong Kong, this multi-lingual International Law undergraduate is determined to use her degree to make a difference...
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    Alumni Interview: Steve Shaw, Head of Communication for Technology, Safety & Legal BP plc
    Here he shares how a qualification in law has helped him and gives some advice to law students just starting out...
    Are the good times back in corporate law?
    Are the good times back in corporate law?
    FLN investigates what the recent wave of City law firm pay rises might mean...
    0393_FLN_STUDENT_QA_SALIHA_RASHID_CAROUSEL_IMAGE_small Student Q&A: Saliha Rashid
    Blind since birth and a survivor of honour-based abuse, ULaw student, Saliha Rashid shares her inspirational story with FLN...
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    What makes an application stand out?
    As the training contract application deadline looms, we ask recruiters at some of the biggest firms in the land for advice on how to make your application stand out...
    Nicki Rundle
    This much I know: Nicki Rundle, trainee solicitor, Ivy Legal Limited
    What do ULaw alumni do after graduating? We've been finding out...
    Ben Ruggles
    This much I know: Ben Ruggles, UK legal counsel, Anheuser-Busch Inbev
    ULaw alumnus Ben Ruggles shares his experience as a law student and gives sound advice for students applying for their first job in law...
    The Future of Law What role will social media play in the future of law?
    We hear from Jacqui Kempton, associate professor of family and divorce law, on a recent court ruling and its implications...
    Giles Davy
    This much I know: Giles Davy, associate solicitor at Bristows LLP
    University of Law alumnus Giles Davy chats to us about his experience as an LPC student and shares top tips for graduates and trainee solicitors...
    Miranda Brawn
    Alumni Interview:  Miranda Brawn Esq
    University of Law alumna Miranda Brawn talks diversity challenges and how a law qualification helped her achieve her childhood ambition...
    shanika varga small Alumni Profile: Shanika Varga
    University of Law alumna Shanika Varga shares top tips and sound advice for a successful career in law...

    Why 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for law graduates
    FLN takes a look at the latest retention rates for trainee lawyers and other factors pointing to a good year for law graduates...
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    Alumni Interview: Joshua Rozenberg
    FLN catches up with presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action and Britain's best-known commentator on the law, Joshua Rozenberg...
    Sally-Ann James From law student to General Counsel 
    Sally-Ann James, General Counsel, Metro Bank PLC, shares top tips on how law students can stand out and succeed in the industry…
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    Review: Mootis 
    This month FLN takes an in-depth look at the new legal social network exclusively for lawyers...
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    How to approach a vac scheme application form
    With vacation scheme deadlines at most top City of London firms falling on 31 January – and some earlier this month – FLN shares its key tips for application form success...
    2014_end_of_year_quiz_small How attentive were you in 2014?
    Take our end of year FLN legal quiz and find out...
    Lauren Riley Interview: BBC One's The Apprentice star Lauren Riley
    Former ULaw student shares her career success with FLN...
    winter_vacs_small How to survive a winter vac scheme
    FLN provides top tips on making the most of winter vac schemes...
    pro_bono_small   National Pro Bono Week: 6 things to consider
    There was plenty to chew on for future lawyers during National Pro Bono Week: FLN considers the key points...
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    5 things we learnedfrom #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...

    Imogen Burton BD Director 001_small Law Fair season
    Imogen Burton, Director of Business Development, gives advice and top tips on how to use law fairs as an important career networking opportunity...
    8_things_law_students_should_do_small 8 things you should do in the first month of law school
    FLN shares the secrets to making a good start to legal education...
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    The value of a law degree
    Imogen Burton, Director of Business Development, discusses why you should study law... 
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    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...
    Clearing_small How to survive Clearing
    As A-level results day nears, we offer advice to prospective law students on how to handle the Clearing process...
    Tier 4 visa tips_small Applying for a Tier 4 visa: top tips
    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…
    How to nail a vac scheme_small How to nail a vac scheme
    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…
    who owns a banksy_small Who owns a Banksy?
    Banksy's fame brings a headache to would-be art dealers and community leaders the world over: just who owns a Banksy?
    Understanding the City law firm pay war of 2014_small Understanding the City law firm pay war of 2014
    Firms' jostling for position over trainee and associate pay recalls pre-recession legal market: but this time around expect more restraint.
    research_small Researching firms
    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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    Nine essential tips to help you ace a pupillage interview
    Barristers' enthusiasm for social media means Twitter is awash with advice for Bar hopefuls preparing for pupillage interviews. We bring you the best bits…
    Positive rise in training contract numbers_small Positive rise in training contract numbers
    Pay rises at top City law firms suggest that this time around the surge in training contract numbers is here to stay...
    11 ways to stay sane during the exam_small 11 ways to stay sane during the exam period‏ 
    Everything is going to be OK, if you follow these tips...
     
    Recovery small How to take advantage of a recovering legal market
    FLN identifies emerging trends which are creating opportunities for future lawyers...
    Hannah Lane small 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…



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