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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.

8–15 March: pupillage interviews, diversity scheme, Twitter storm, charitable inheritance and open broadband

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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.

Two Tweets too far

Writer and food blogger Jack Monroe has won a libel case against Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins. The case revolved around two tweets that Hopkins had published, in one of which the controversial writer apparently mistook Monroe for New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny. The tweet was in relation to a Whitehall war memorial that had been vandalised with graffiti.

Monroe, who has family members in the armed forces, offered Hopkins the chance to avoid legal action by donating £5,000 to a migrants charity. Hopkins refused, and has now been forced to pay out £24,000 in damages as well as costs.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Legal case goes to the dogs

Three animal charities have won a case at the Supreme Court against a woman who was cut out of her mother’s will. Heather Ilott had been estranged from her mother for 26 years at the time of her death in 2004. Melita Jackson left most of her £486,000 estate to three animal charities: the Blue Cross, the RSPCA and the RSPB.

Heather Ilott challenged her mother’s will and was awarded £50,000 by the judge; this amount was tripled on appeal but the charities challenged the increase and won. Explicit instructions had been left in Jackson’s will that her daughter should not benefit from her estate after her death. In the course of the judgment The Supreme Court sought to clarify the Inheritance Act and, as a result, Ilott was awarded the original £50,000 and no more.

Of interest:

Legal separation for BT and Openreach

UK telecoms behemoth BT has finally agreed to legally separate from its broadband operator Openreach. Ofcom, the UK’s media regulator, has called on BT repeatedly to release control of Openreach in order to make the UK market more competitive and strengthen Openreach’s independence.

The move will open up discussion among other broadband operators in the UK, including Sky and Virgin, who have accused BT in the past of stalling their engineers from accessing the UK’s network.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

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