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How To: Make the Most of Law Fairs

“”Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ― Brene Brown. Law fairs offer an unparalleled opportunity to meet a variety of recruiters, educators and others based within the world of law. They can vary from international commercial law firms, smaller boutique or high street practices, law schools, volunteer organisations and more. Some may…

How To: The Watson-Glaser Test

“The exam scores we get are but just one picture of our ability. The score is not me.” ― Greg Gutfeld. There are few other phrases in the English language which seem to strike fear into the hearts of aspiring lawyers than the dreaded ‘Watson-Glaser test’. During my own application cycles, this psychometric test was…

How To: Make the Most of First-Year Opportunities [Yasmin El-Briek]

“That day might be a day of all possibilities and make them ready to hit the ground running.” ― Erik Pevernagie. In hindsight, there was one thing at university I really wish I’d made more of – the abundance of first-year insight schemes and Open Days available when you join university! In this guest article, Yasmin…

Announcing a Commercial Awareness Competition – with Watson’s Daily!

It’s competition time – with some great prizes to be won! A lot of in-person events, competitions and conferences are currently on hold as a result of COVID-19. It’s also clear that many students are looking for a way to upskill and learn from home. So, I’ve teamed up with Peter Watson from Watson’s Daily…

To Infinity (And Beyond!): How Did Disney+ Do It?

“To infinity…and beyond!” Buzz Lightyear. The incredible recent growth rate of Disney+ has surpassed even their own original expectations. Disney originally set an ambitious target of having 60-90 million paying subscribers for their new streaming service by the end of the fiscal year of 2024. By comparison, Netflix currently has somewhere in the region of…

COVID-19 Junior Lawyers Survey – Summary Report

I recently surveyed 400+ aspiring and practicing junior lawyers on their thoughts and concerns in light of COVID-19. With ongoing disruptions to education, employment and more, it’s critical that their views are accounted for. The following 26-page report aims to summarise the findings of the survey through both statistics (quantitative) and quotes directly from respondents…

Nailing Your Digital First Impression with LinkedIn

Two things remain irretrievable: time and a first impression. Cynthia Ozick. The importance of having a memorable digital first impression in our digital age cannot be overstated. Nearly 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn to source and review job candidates. Those who keep their LinkedIn information up to date are discovered 18x more frequently in searches…

How To: Write Better Applications [Matthew Berrick]

“It’s very important that we don’t make the same mistakes twice. That’s a big part of improvement.” Kirby Smart. Writing a great Training Contract or Vacation Scheme application isn’t easy. It usually involves a lot of trial and error, rejection, mistakes and reflection to improve your application technique. Whilst there’s no ‘magic formula’ to make…

3 Factors Driving Podcasting’s Unrelenting Popularity

“Everybody and their mother has a book and a podcast these days.” – Loren Weisman. The surge in the consumption of podcasts over the last few years has been unrelenting. To put its historical growth into perspective, Apple introduced podcasts as a part of iTunes back in 2005. In under 10 years, iTunes grossed the…

Amanote – a student note-taking alternative?

I’m always reading the next book. Taking notes. Highlighting, researching, studying. It doesn’t stop. – Jocko Willink. Look around any lecture hall at any university today and you’ll realise one thing very quickly – old fashioned methods of writing notes by hand have given way to a preference for tech-driven and digital tools. Traditionally many…

Making the Leap: From Trainee to NQ [Vikki Pratley]

“I’ve discovered that every time I’ve reached a milestone, I think I’m there – but there’s another there waiting for me.” Sara Benincasa. Students often place a lot of emphasis on securing a Training Contract or Vacation Scheme when trying to enter the legal profession. However, whilst beginning your training as a solicitor is an…

An advantage with Vantage: connecting with leading legal firms

“Everything you want in life is a relationship away.”  Idowu Koyenikan. Everyone knows that applying for first year opportunities, vacation schemes or training contracts can be a competitive process. As a result, taking opportunities to speak to and connect with the firms you’re interested in or applying to is of paramount importance. Typically, this has…

NASA, AI and the law – a conversation with Héloïse Vertadier

“I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” HAL 3000. The future of technology has always provoked speculation and excitement as to how it will change our lives. For lawyers, however, tackling new developments in technology can often be both confusing and stressful, as they will be responsible for keeping up to date with…

My Guide to Commercial Awareness

I’ve spent the last two months or so working on a little side project alongside my work and studies. I’m delighted to say it’s finally ready for release! Firstly, thank you for visiting my blog and for your interest in downloading my new e-book to understanding, developing and utilising your commercial awareness. You can download…