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The TARGETjobs Law news update will return again in September, so keep watching our Twitter feed for updates. If you need some bits to keep your mind active and your conversations sharp between now and then, take a look at the stories below.

Summer edition: TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair 2017, training contract deadlines, Brexit bills, Bar course passes and Barclays’ bankers

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What you MUST know:

Save the date: the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair 2017

The UK’s most established pupillage fair returns on Saturday 25 November 2017. If you’ve not been before, the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair is an unmissable mark on the calendar for anyone aspiring to the Bar. You have the opportunity to meet members of chambers from different practice areas, course providers and other Bar-related organisations, as well as the chance to make contacts, attend the informative talks programme and learn how to finance your career at the Bar. This also serves as an event that you can put on your CV to boost your pupillage applications. Click here to get your ticket or click the story headline to find out more on the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair homepage.

Training contract deadlines

It’s officially that time of year. Many firms are now accepting applications for training contracts, but do be aware that some law firms are closing training contract applications earlier than the traditional 31 July deadline. We’ve handily put together all our deadline dates in one place – see TARGETjobs Law’s updated list of training contract deadlines for more information, tips and advice.

What you SHOULD know:

Exactly what we talked about last summer

At the time of writing, there has not been a confirmed deal between the Conservative party and the DUP, but the Queen’s speech, laying out the goals for the upcoming parliamentary term has been made. The speech outlines a number of laws that are to be proposed for the upcoming two-year session.

Among the bills is the ‘great repeal’ bill designed to ‘undo’ the European Communities Act 1972 and bring European legislation under the UK’s own umbrella, ready for changes at a later date. This bill will be a hot topic for the future and one that law students will want to scrutinise as it crawls its way through the system. Some of the other Brexit-related legislation includes bills for immigration, fisheries, trade, agriculture and nuclear safeguards, all related to policies and businesses that have depended on the UK’s relationship with Europe in the past. We won’t carry a full breakdown of all legislation here on TARGETjobs Law, but we’ll be putting up articles in future based on what we’ve been told by major law firms and chambers.

Click the story headline to read more about the Queen’s speech on the BBC website or click here to read more about the Brexit bills.

Mind-boggling Bar stats

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has released its statistics about BPTC students. The annual report outlines enrolment and pass figures as well as giving an insight into how many of those who complete the course really go on to get pupillage.

Between 2012 and 2015, 4,435 students undertook the BPTC. Of those, 39% of UK/EU-based students who passed the BPTC went on to get pupillage, but 68.2% of those who enrolled in the BPTC during that time passed the course. The report is heavy going and loaded with figures, but if you want to do some analysis of the Bar Course and its participants it may be worth a look.

Click the story headline to read the original press release from the Bar Standards Board.

Of interest:

Bankers on trial

Another story likely to run all summer is the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into Barclays bank. Four executives of the banking giant are set to appear in court in early July. They are charged with fraud allegedly committed around the 2008 financial crisis. The SFO has brought charges relating to the bank’s use of billions of pounds from Qatari investors to prop up its operations and keep it from a government bailout.

All four of the executives have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud relating to the fundraising. It will be the first time that criminal charges have been levelled against a UK bank for matters related to the financial crisis. The case will go to court at the beginning of July, but it would not be unreasonable to expect the wider SFO case to outlast the summer.

Click the links to read the full story from the BBC.

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