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Levelling the playing field

The moderation of Scottish exams results has once again highlighted the challenges faced by pupils from lower-performing schools. Heather McKendrick, Head of Careers & Outreach, discusses how the Law Society is attempting to ensure fair access to the profession, what more needs to be done and how employers can help.

Advocating hope - lessons from summer school

Our week-long virtual summer school had sessions on a wide variety of topics, including exploring the work of advocates. Attendee Julian Thomson discusses the impactful words of one particular speaker and how they inspired him to explore advocacy as a career.

Virtual summer school inspires the next generation of lawyers

For the first time ever, the Law Society of Scotland ran its summer school virtually this year, with more than 70 pupils from across Scotland attending. Mac Sanderson, a fifth-year pupil at Boroughmuir High School Edinburgh, discusses his experience of the summer school and why everyone interested in a career in law should sign up.

Virtual ways to boost your employability

With social distancing measures in force across the country, Laura McLay, a third-year law student at the University of Edinburgh, looks at the virtual ways aspiring legal professionals can develop their skills and gain work experience online.

What is important to young lawyers?

The International Bar Association invites young lawyers in the Scottish legal profession to take part in their worldwide survey to understand future trends.

Hints and tips for trainees whilst being supervised remotely

Rob Marrs, Head of Education at the Law Society, shares some hints and tips about how trainees can be proactive in getting the most from their remote supervision, as working from home becomes more commonplace.

Journal editorial July 2020

If action on court provision is not taken soon, we may face a hard choice between preserving the jury system and protecting human rights

Law exams vs home school: Life as a law student mum in lockdown

Zoe Workman, a LLB student at Stirling University, reveals what it's like to home school three primary-age children, while also studying for her law exams during the lockdown.

Street Law - a priceless opportunity

Street Law trainer, Emmanuel De Abreu, provides a reflection of his time as a street law trainer and why law students should consider getting involved

How to combat imposter syndrome before it hinders your success

Amina Amin, a first-year trainee solicitor at Jones Whyte LLP, offers her top five tips to others just starting their legal career on how to combat imposter syndrome.

How mindfulness can help us with our 'new normal'

In the latest in her series on mental wellbeing, Hannah Frahm explains how mindfulness can help us in the 'new normal' we find ourselves in.

Developing a wellbeing strategy for a high street practice post-coronavirus

Following on from a workshop with high street practitioners Olivia Moore, Careers Development Officer at the Law Society of Scotland, lays out some simple steps for smaller employers to include in a wellbeing strategy following the coronavirus pandemic.