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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.

15–22 March: pupillage interviews, diversity scheme, trussing up the justice secretary, UN-likely nuclear plants and big blue butterflies

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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. Many other sets that don’t use the Gateway have also closed to applications, so 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’re an aspiring barrister or chambers representative and 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.

Law Society Diversity Access Scheme

Applications for the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) are open until 12 April 2017. The scheme aims to increase diversity in the profession by providing support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who face obstacles to entering the profession. The scheme offers financial assistance with LPC fees, access to work experience and a professional mentor.

Click the story headline or this link to visit the Law Society’s DAS page.

Justice secretary Truss-ed up

The lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd has lambasted justice secretary Liz Truss for the way that she handled the media coverage of the Supreme Court justices during the Article 50 hearings. Tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail branded the Supreme Court bench ‘enemies of the people’ and initially made an offhand statement about one member of the panel’s sexuality on its website.

Lord Thomas said that Truss was ‘completely and utterly wrong’ to say that she could not criticise the media and that there was a big difference between criticism and abuse. The lord chief justice, who is due to step down this year, said he regretted the need to criticise the justice secretary, but it was essential that the judiciary were protected and able to act without fear or favour.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

UN-likely nuclear plant

A UN committee has asked the UK to suspend actions on the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant until it has heard back from its European neighbours. The UK government had failed to consult properly with other countries in Europe that may be affected, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

UNECE originally warned last year that the Hinkley Point site in Somerset had failed to consult on the environmental effects that an incident at the site could have, but has now recommended that work on the site ceases. Germany, Norway and the Netherlands should have been contacted to find out if a formal notification under cross-border environmental legislation would be useful. Both EDF, the company building Hinkley, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have insisted that an independent assessment had already discovered there would be no significant transboundary effects.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Of interest:

When a butterfly flaps its wings… you go to court

In the first prosecution of its kind, a Bristol man has been charged with six offences relating to Large Blue butterflies. Phillip Cullen caught the butterflies in Somerset and Gloucestershire before killing them and mounting them on display in his home.

Cullen had been sighted illegally entering areas with a net to catch the insects in 2015, which led to a police report being filed. He claimed he had purchased the Large Blue butterflies abroad, but has been convicted of capturing, killing and possessing the insect. The Large Blue is a fully protected species, which means it cannot be collected, sold or killed. It is also illegal to collect samples from any site of special scientific interest.

Click the story headline to read more from the BBC.

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