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I’ve had a Training Contract offer from a small High Street Law Firm – should I take it?

We had a request in for legal careers advice from an LPC graduate who has been offered a training contract in a smaller sized law firm somewhere in the UK who do a lot of family law (plus other areas). His questions are as follows: I am unsure whether to take the training contract or…

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Mitigating Circumstances – do they ever exist and do you need to mention them on a CV or at a job interview?

No. Mitigating circumstances do not exist. Ever. Well, hardly ever. “Mitigating circumstances” is probably one of the most irritating phrases ever to come out of university careers advice centres. What a fantastic excuse for rubbish grades. We have just had a CV in from someone using the term when they got a 2.1 from a…

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in Careers Advice, Changing Jobs, Newly Qualified Solicitors, Staying in Your Job, Training Contracts, Pupillage and Work Experience

Changing Solicitors Firms during a Training Contract

We sometimes get queries from trainee solicitors asking if it is possible to change law firms during a training contract, and whether they ought to do it. Our advice is always the same; jump through the burning hoop of the training contract with as minimal fuss as possible and only change law firm if your…

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How to Improve your Chances of Success when making Job Applications – become a Borg

Improving chances of success when applying for a job – become a Borg Whilst working as recruitment consultants, we often get asked by candidates what they can do to improve their chances in relation to a specific job that they may be considering applying for. Very often there are a whole raft of things that…

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Five Common Mistakes When Writing a CV

Five common mistakes when writing a CV. Here are five very common errors that arise from CVs we receive every day of the week into Ten Percent Legal Recruitment.  Some of them are glaringly obvious, others are not so straightforward. 1)    Not putting any contact details on the CV This is very common and a…

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Finding a Job as a Barrister is harder than winning at Russian Roulette

Thinking of studying for the BPTC? (BPTC stands for Bar Professional Training Course – formerly the BVC Bar Vocational Course – also known as IWMLP – an Incredible Waste of Money for a Lot of People)? The cost in 2015 of studying this ‘course’ is £18,500 according to the University of Law (formerly the College…

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in Employers, Job Applications, Legal Profession, Training Contracts, Pupillage and Work Experience

What is the difference between a Paralegal and a Fee Earner in a Solicitors firm?

This week an LPC graduate applied for a Conveyancing Fee Earner role in Central London through us (Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment). Before every other LPC graduate sends us their CV I should add that this candidate has over 12 months residential conveyancing experience in a solicitors firm already, which is why she is an extremely suitable…

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What Relevance does Voluntary Work have for Making Job Applications in the Legal Profession?

This query comes up quite regularly with legal job applicants coming into the profession. So many times I have been asked by graduates and students why we have ignored their applications for specific vacancies that require say ‘2 months legal experience’. The conversation usually goes: Caller: “But I have 2 months legal work experience.” Me:…

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UCAS Points conversion for law school including A Levels and International Baccalaureates

We sometimes get asked about International Baccalaureates and how they convert into A levels. We also spend some time every year advising clients and candidates on what BTEC HNCs equate to for A levels. Here is a handy table for converting them all into UCAS points. As an aside – whatever happened to all the…

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Elocution – essential for Northern England graduates looking to work in the South?

Elocution Lessons – a vital part of a move from the North to London? There has recently been a flurry of articles and comments in the media about the legal profession being traditional, conservative and middle class with a bias against anyone not conforming with the norm. This includes those with strong regional accents applying…

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Sample Covering Emails and Letters for Legal Jobs

Recently I have put together a couple of emails and letters for a client and these are included as free covering email and covering letter templates in this post below. The candidate in question is currently in house as a General In House Counsel. The covering email/letter is in a classic layout with the information…

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Which University is the best for studying for a law degree?

What University should I go to in order to study Law? This is a question we are often, or “What is the best university to study law at” or “which Universities do commercial law firms consider to be the best?” or “Are there any universities that law firms will not take applications from”. The answer…

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I Want to Get Out of Law And Am Completely Fed Up – Help!

I want to get out of law and am completely fed up, what can I do? This relates to a number of queries that have come into the Ten Legal Careers Centre over the last six months, although the level of enquiries of this nature has dropped (excluding crime solicitors). Redundancy or threat of redundancy…

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What should be included in a covering letter or email for a job application?

This is the advice I have recently given to a career coaching client looking to put together the perfect covering email or letter. It really depends on the circumstances in which you are using these, but generally you should be sending CVs as attachments and a covering email to go with the CV which should,…

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Areas of Law to avoid getting work experience or a training contract in unless you are a sado-masochist

Areas of Law to Avoid unless you are a sado-masochist The title of this article speaks for itself.  These are the areas of law  to avoid getting work experience in, finding paralegal work or applying for training contracts in 2013. Crime LSC funded Immigration Personal injury LSC funded Family Law Social Welfare and Mental Health.…

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Tips for getting the most out of Vacation Placements in Law Firms

5 top tips for getting the most out of your vacation scheme with a solicitors’ firm If you have any additional suggestions, please email them across! 1. Make notes every day on everything you do – very useful for future application forms and also for remembering at interview. 2. Speak to as many people as…

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What is the difference between contentious and non-contentious legal work?

Q: What is the difference between contentious and non-contentious legal work? A: Contentious legal work relates to legal matters that take place between two or more parties, such as a court hearing or a tribunal hearing to resolve a dispute. Non-contentious legal work relates to transactions occuring between one or more parties, such as the…

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How to Dramatically Improve your Legal Career Prospects

This article is divided into three sections. The first is for law students, the second is for graduates and the third is for qualified lawyers, solicitors and legal staff. How do I Dramatically Improve my Legal Career Prospects? We often get asked this question and people are often expecting an easy answer. It depends on…

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