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Law news for aspiring barristers and solicitors

Weekly law news update for graduates

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.

Careers competition, training contract deadlines, pupillage stats, FCA says no to crypto and charities want the power to sue social networks

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What you MUST know:

New competition

The latest career stories competition is underway. Find out how you could win a £20 Amazon voucher by answering this month’s question: ‘What’s the most unusual volunteering activity, part-time job or work experience you’ve ever done?’. Tell us by 10 July for your chance to win. You can also see what last month’s winner and runners up said about the weirdest questions they were asked at interview.

Click to go to our competition winner page to find out how to enter and more.

Solicitors summer deadlines

Many of the major law firms’ training contract deadlines fall across June and July. Not every firm will wait until the closing date to start inviting people to interviews and assessment centres, so make sure that you’re ready to put in a perfectly prepared application as early as you can. Stay on top of your timetable by taking a look at our big list of training contract deadlines.

What is the SQE and do you need it?

The new qualification for aspiring solicitors – the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) – is due to replace the current qualification(s) from 2021.

You can find out what this means for non-law graduates considering a conversion course (graduate diploma in law, commonly called the GDL), what the implications are for training contracts and how the new SQE will be run by reading our guide to how the SQE super exam may affect graduates.

Social mobility, equality and diversity at the Bar

When TARGETjobs Law spoke to aspiring lawyers last year, there were some concerns about making applications to chambers for pupillage. We spoke to different areas of the Bar to find out what the real attitude is to equality and diversity at the modern Bar, and put everything together in one mega-article for the site. Take a look at the article to see what barristers and Bar representatives had to say about making applications and working lifestyles.

What you SHOULD know:

Getting pupillage is still easier if you’re white

White students that pass the Bar professional training course (BPTC) are still more likely than their black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) counterparts to obtain pupillage, according to new statistics from the Bar Standards Board. The figures show that 84% of white candidates that obtained a first on their degree and a grade of ‘outstanding’ on the BPTC went on to obtain pupillage, compared to just 71% of BAME candidates with the same grades. The gap widens for those with a 2.1 degree and BPTC pass, with twice as many white students obtaining pupillage as their BAME counterparts, and three times for those with a 2.2 degree.

Click the story headline to read more from Legal Futures.

FCA says no to crypto

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed a ban on cryptocurrency products. The regulator stated that crypto products such as derivatives, exchange traded notes and contracts for difference could cause harm to investors. It stated that a ban would benefit consumers by between £75m and £234.3m per year. The volatility of the cryptocurrency market, as well as possible involvement in financial crime were among the reasons cited for the proposed ban.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Of interest:

Sue the social networks

The Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS) is calling for new laws to allow social media abuse victims to sue major tech companies. The group states that current legislation makes it difficult to launch action against the companies and is calling for upcoming online laws to allow victims of grooming and child abuse to launch ‘class action’ suits (litigation on behalf of a group). CHIS proposed the action in response to the government’s recently published ‘online harms’ white paper, which sets out its plans for online safety in the digital age.

Click the story headline to read more from The Telegraph.

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