Book recommendation: The Path to Pupillage by Georgina Woolf and Alexander Robson

The Path to Pupillage: A Guide for the Aspiring Barrister is the essential guide for anyone considering a career as a barrister, from the sixth former to those at the final stage of the BPTC. This book considers each step of the route to pupillage, the final and most competitive stage of a barrister’s training, offering detailed advice on everything from choosing the Bar as a career to succeeding in pupillage interviews. Drawing on the authors own recent experiences as well as interviews with over 50 experts law students, barristers from leading chambers, pupillage committee members and senior judges this unique insider view removes the mystery from an increasingly competitive and daunting process. Its aim is to equip the reader, regardless of background, with the knowledge and the skills necessary for success.

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Book recommendation: Ultimate Guide to Training Contract Success by Craig Robinson

"Ultimate Guide to Training Contract Success, is your definitive roadmap to navigating your journey into law. It is written by trainee solicitors at leading City law firms for future trainee solicitors. You will find the guide to be a useful source of reference, with key information and practical advice in an easy to read format. Our Guide walks students through every aspect of the training contract recruitment process. It gives useful tips on how to prepare quality application forms for the most competitive firms, how to improve your interviewing technique and provides an insight on what to expect as a trainee solicitor. The chapters on commercial awareness, networking and the questions asked at interview are priceless - as are the suggested answers and case studies. The Guide will ensure you become better informed about what law firms are looking for and the legal landscape, which will increase your prospects of achieving a training contract. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN FROM THIS GUIDE: 1. Understanding the legal market for aspiring solicitors and the route to becoming a solicitor 2. What makes a successful lawyer? Career Advice if you have a 2:2 in your degree. 3. Advice to prospective trainee solicitors undergoing their undergraduate degree courses, CPE, PgDL, and Legal Practice Course. 4. Explaining the different practices area in law. 5. How to become commercially aware. 6. Advice on drafting your CV, preparing effective covering letters and application forms. 7. How to promote yourself effectively through marketing techniques and networking. 8. How to get your application noticed and set yourself apart. Top tips and strategies to succeed at assessment days, group role plays and presentations. 9. Winning strategies on interview techniques and questions and answers on typical training contract interviews. 10. How to make the most out of vacation placements and legal/commercial work experience. 11. Meet our friends: A chapter from our friends who are currently training at leading law firms, giving top tips and practice advice on the key things that helped them secure a training contract. 12. Interview techniques. How to answer difficult interview questions and answers effectively. 13. Deciding between two offers of a training contract. What are the factors that make a good training contract? 14. What to do if you finish your studies without a training contract."

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Book Recommendation: The Art of the Legal Loophole by Nick Freeman

"Nick Freeman is Britain's highest profile lawyer. He has won more cases and attracts more media attention than any other lawyer practising in this country today.

Nicknamed Mr Loophole by the press for his success in using legal technicalities to get clients acquitted, his career as a criminal defence lawyer has been nothing short of stratospheric. His roll call of stellar defendants - which includes Jimmy Carr, Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham and Ronnie O`Sullivan - ranges from actors and sporting heroes to pop stars and captains of industry. Mr Loophole is famous for forming winning, quirky and innovative defences - even when a case appears indefensible. In the process, he has revolutionised the way in law -particularly motoring law - is practised.

In this book, Nick will explain his unique approach to the law and in the process will identify his killer loophole principles which make it possible to win even in the face of almost certain defeat. Each principle will be illustrated with cases that show how he has deployed his pioneering strategies to devastating effect. In the process the reader will be given a ringside seat to thrilling courtroom drama and taken on a lively and engaging journey into the heart of the judicial system.

There's no doubt that Nick's personality has significantly impacted on his approach to fighting and winning cases. His revealing personal anecdotes and backroom stories, offer a unique insight into a brilliant mind at work."

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Book recommendation: Just Law by Helena Kennedy

Acute, questioning, humane and passionately concerned for justice, Helena Kennedy is one of the most powerful voices in legal circles in Britain today. Here she roundly challenges the record of modern governments over the fundamental values of equality, fairness and respect for human dignity. She argues that in the last twenty years we have seen a steady erosion of civil liberties, culminating today in extraordinary legislation, which undermines long established freedoms. Are these moves a crude political response to demands for law and order? Or is the relationship between citizens and the state being covertly reframed and redefined? (20040624)

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