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Updated every Thursday morning, we give you the essential information you need to keep on top of your applications and raise your commercial awareness for interviews or meetings with law recruiters. We’ve also added some other titbits of information that might interest you.

28 September–5 October: TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair in November, the Inside Buzz on Law firms, the Law Society provides some help, Undergraduate of the Year, unrepresented parties, the Great Repeal and the job no one wants.

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November pupillage fair

The pupillage application season has moved to January for 2017, so we’ve moved the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair to give you plenty of time to get your applications in order. This year we’ll be at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in the heart of legal London. More details will be announced as they are confirmed. In the meantime click here or the story headline for more information and to register.

What you MUST know:

A buzz around law firms

Throughout the year, TARGETjobs Inside Buzz spends its time surveying trainee solicitors at major law firms to get their thoughts on all aspects of working life and the legal landscape. This year, TARGETjobs Inside Buzz has surveyed 1,240 trainee solicitors working at 52 law firms, asking them to rate their own firms according to 12 different categories, such as salary, culture, training and hours. Study these newly updated rankings as part of your research before applying for training contracts or vacation schemes. Take a look around the different firms and see what trainees had to say about their workplace.

Prove yourself and win a placement

Whether you’re a law student or a non-law student, you could have the chance to win internships, places on graduate schemes, iPads, director lunches and international trips as part of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards. However, in order to grab the attention of potential employers, you’ll need to prove that you’ve got the skills and experience. There are currently 12 different sectors for potential winners, which include IT, engineering, marketing, mathematics, law, business and management. The ten best students from each category will be invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony, which takes place at Canary Wharf in April.

Closing date for applications is 30 January 2017, but make sure you get yours in early to stand a better chance! Apply and find out more at

Webinars to whip up an application

Our partners over at the Law Society sent us some links that they thought might be useful for your training contract applications. All the webinars are free, so why not check out the following links:

Junior Lawyers Division free forum: helping you to secure a training position – 8 October 2016, London

The JLD contacted TARGETjobs to let us know that they’re playing host to a free forum to help you secure a training contract. The event, organised by the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society, is aimed at assisting LPC students and LPC graduates with their search for a training position. It will be held on 8 October at the Law Society in London. There will be an opportunity for you to have your CV reviewed.

Places are limited, but click here or the story headline for more information.

Fun firm facts

Trainees tell all to our Inside Buzz experts in the latest edition of TARGETjobs Law. Along with all the advice you need to kick start your law career, find out what Barack Obama has to do with one firm, who has a great cake trolley and more law firm fun. Click the headline to see our fun facts in the online copy of TARGETjobs Law.

Two lawyers short of a courtroom

Quarterly statistics from the government suggest that in 34% of family law cases, there was no legal representation for either party in court. The number of litigants in person has been increasing steadily since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2013 (also known as LASPO). These figures, however, are the highest since the legislation was passed.

This week High Court judge Justice Peter Jackson stated publicly that there should be a change in the way that court documents are given to litigants in person. He cited one child abduction case where a woman was handed more than 100 pages of legal documents for the case at the door of the court on the day of the hearing.

Click the story headline to read more from the Law Society Gazette.

With Great Repeal comes great responsibility

Theresa May and David Davis are to push ahead with a ‘Great Repeal’ bill, prior to the UK’s exit from the European Union. The bill will annul the European Communities Act 1972, which gives EU law instant effect in the UK. Parliament will be able to pick and choose what pieces of EU legislation it wishes to keep and which it wishes to scrap.

If successful, the bill will be able to pre-empt the EU negotiations that will have to take place once Article 50 has been enacted. The announcement was made at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham just a couple of days before Theresa May also announced that the UK may ‘opt out’ of the European convention on human rights prior to the UK going to war. This move, she claims, is to protect troops from ‘vexatious’ legal claims.

Click the story headline to read more from The Independent.

Of interest:

The job nobody wants

Senior counsel in the Independent Inquiry in Child Sexual Abuse, Ben Emmerson QC, has stepped down from his role a day after being suspended. Emmerson’s resignation letter, which has since been made public, stated that he had ‘doubts’ when he entered the role and had decided through experience that he was not the right person for the job. Another senior lawyer on the inquiry, Elizabeth Prochaska, has also resigned.

The inquiry has been fraught with problems, as head of the process, Dame Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand High Court judge, resigned last year. Michael Mansfield QC, a well known legal aid lawyer has offered to work on the case, answering calls from some of the victims, but has stated that he feels the process needs to be broken up and ‘led by a lawyer’.

Click the story headline to read more from The Independent.

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