Legal blogger?

About Grayfords

blogbuttonWe are an experienced boutique law firm specialized in English and international family law located in Central London. As part of a recent marketing strategy, we are currently looking for dedicated law students with a good knowledge of current affairs to write articles for our website. Every article uploaded onto our website will be compensated accordingly (between £20 /£30 per article uploaded). 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Write articles based on the current affairs for publication on the website 

Essential skills & Requirements:

  • Must be a law student with a good knowledge of current affairs and current laws
  • Must be creative and enjoy creative content
  • Should be active on social media with an understanding of what is popular
  • Should be self-learning and improving as marketing changes quickly
  • Must enjoy research and analysing content
  • Must have the ability to work independently and work well with team members
  • Must have good command of written English

What’s in it for you?

  • You will be working closely with a reputable law firm in central London and experienced solicitors
  • You will be able to improve your legal writing skills and have your articles published on a law firm’s website
  • This position does not have a duration period as it is an ongoing position at your convenience: start and finish when you want

How to apply:

Send your CV and cover letter (optional) to victoria@grayfords.co.uk

What kind of lawyer do you want to be?

Solicitor? Barrister?

legal_lawDo high-value commercial deals get you excited?
Helping to patent exciting new technologies?
Assisting families and people in need with their problems?

  • Find out about the different types of lawyer and what they do
  • Identify firm that practice in the areas of interest to you
  • Learn about those firms and chambers

Where can you do this?  Take a look at the Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook (TCPH) for basic information or come into the PDC and pick up a copy!

Next step

Before you start your applications for work experience, training contracts or pupillage do some more research, eg in the legal press and firms/chambers’ websites.

Legal work experience: How to find it

Look at TCPH – What’s that?help

Well, it’s The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook.  Visit the Professional Development Centre, 1st Floor, Bannerman Centre to pick up your copy.

Which firms run vacation schemes?
Head to p112 for a list of firms offering work placement schemes.

Start your research with firms’ ‘Insider reports
Head to p67 for an insight into what different firms’ schemes are like.

Use the regional index to find out more
Go to p215 to find out about firms’ practice areas, location, size and total number of partners.

Use the directory to deepen your knowledge
Check out p285 for a directory of UK firms in the United Kingdom: use it to learn more about those firms that caught your attention during your research.

Chambers Student 2017 – Guide to law firms and the Bar

You can pick up a copy from the Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1st Floor, Bannerman Centre.  It features:

  • Law firm reviews – find out what life is actually like in the leading law firms from a trainee’s perspective
  • Pupillages: Bar reviews – and interviews with the pupils and management of leading chambers
  • Salary Wars of 2016 – Check out the salary survey
  • Legal industry trends – improve your commercial awareness
  • The effects of Brexit – Insights and other practice area trends
  • How to choose a law school – based on trainee recommendations
  • Law firm comparison surveys:
    • salaries and benefits
    • firms by size and location
    • application criteria
    • seat options
    • overseas opportunities, and
    • deadlines

Don’t worry if you can’t pick up a copy as you can also go online at Chambers Student 2017 to find all the information you need.

Looking for a law training contract?

The **Lex 100’s 2016/17 trainee survey assesses law firm training contracts in the UK. Each firm is assigned scores according to 13 different criteria of trainee life:

  • job satisfaction
  • living up to expectations
  • work quality
  • client contact
  • stress levels, work/life balance
  • friendliness, social life
  • vacation scheme
  • confidence of being kept on
  • remuneration
  • diversity and international secondments.

Career clinic covers all the basics in outlining the journey from student to qualified lawyer, and firm-authored practice area overviews serve as an  to the work of a solicitor and the different areas of law.

**You can pick up a copy from the Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1st Floor Bannerman Centre (Library building) if you prefer hard copy. 

So you want to be a lawyer?

But aren’t studying Law as an undergraduate.  Well, it’s time to think about taking a law conversion course? Sounds like a good idea?

You can take an intensive conversion full-time or part-time course to complete your academic study – either the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You can find out more about law, conversion courses, and the routes to become a solicitor or barrister on the TARGETpostgrad site.  Researching your options now will allow you to apply for a place on a conversion course, find relevant work experience, and investigate funding.

You will also need to think about the vocational stage of training: Do you want to be a solicitor or barrister?

Becoming a Barrister

cps_traineeshipsTake a look at the prime resource – The Bar Council Careers website.  Check out the statistics: How many Bar course graduates secure a pupillage, how many students achieve a place on the BPTC?

Download The Inner Temple’s Guide to Becoming a Barrister – specifically developed by the Inner Temple to help you on your journey to the Bar. It provides information about how to become a Barrister, training for the Bar, financial assistance and what you can expect from your BPTC year at the Inn.

Discover the other Inns of Court.