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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.

19–26 April: pupillage interviews, City Law for Ethnic Minorities event, environmental hazards, judging judges and Leigh Day takes the stand

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What you MUST know:

Next steps for pupillage applicants

The Pupillage Gateway has now closed to applications for 2017 and we wish everyone who is applying for pupillage this year the very best of luck. Now it’s time to think about what happens if you get invited to interview. Thankfully we’ve got you covered on this front as well – check out our article on how to ace your pupillage interview for more help on how to handle what will probably be the most competitive interview(s) of your life.

TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair videos and advice

If you missed out on the chance to attend the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair on 5 November you can still catch up through the page dedicated to the videos and a summary of the advice and helpful hints from the day. It’s also useful if you want to review what you learned on the day in preparation for BPTC applications or pupillage interviews. The fair will return in 2017; keep an eye on the TARGETjobs Law homepage and follow our Twitter feed to keep up to date.

City Law for Ethnic Minorities

The City Law for Ethnic Minorities event is back for its 14th year on 9 June 2017. This could be your opportunity to meet trainees, associates, recruiters and partners at major law firms and to find out exactly what it is they’re looking for in the next generation of trainees. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in various challenges and exercises designed to test for and develop the skills you need for a career in law. Applications can be made via TARGETjobs Events’ website here. Law students will need to be in their first year, while non-law students may apply from second to final year of their undergraduate degree. A certain amount of your travel expenses may be covered.

Click the story headline to learn more about the event and the application requirements.

What you SHOULD know:

Environmental hazard

The government has been told to return to the High Court to explain itself over yet another delay to its clean air plan. The original plans were deemed so bad as to be unlawful back in November 2016 and ministers were ordered to come up with something by Monday 24 April 2017. The plans were not released, according to the government, because it might breach the pre-election purdah period.

The court cases have been brought by legal NGO ClientEarth, who have been campaigning for the government to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air across the UK. Much of the pollution is believed to be caused by diesel fuel used in motor vehicles.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Judges judged by diversity report

Justice, a legal reform group, has put the judiciary of England and Wales under fire again for its lack of diversity. The group suggested that the bench was dominated by privately educated white men and failed to represent the UK’s ethnic and gender make-up to such a degree as to be unconstitutional.

The group suggested that targets ‘with teeth’ needed to be set for the judiciary in order to catch up with the rest of the world. Measures suggested included allowing judges to return to private practice up to two years after appointment as well as monitoring and reporting on appointments made by committee.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Of interest:

Lawyers versus governments

In relation to the currently ongoing Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal case involving law firm Leigh Day, which is accused by the Ministry of Defence of ‘ambulance chasing’ over false claims of torture and murder by British troops in Iraq, The Guardian has published a piece on the opening statement from the Leigh Day lawyers. The firm stated that lawyers must be able to bring cases against government without fear of reprisal and that such a process was essential for democracy.

The hearing is expected to last seven weeks, and has been one of the most public procedures ever conducted by the SDT. Leigh Day specialising in taking on major human rights cases for large groups of people and has had some success through the English courts.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

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