In-house Traineeships, part-time legal work and a range of events and information to kick off the New Year!

First of all some news of job opportunities both after graduation and during your studies: 

The window for on-line applications for Standard Life's 2014 traineeships runs from 3 Jan – 22 Feb 2013.  For further details, please visit:

Leslie Deans, Property Solicitors and Estate Agents, based in Edinburgh, have a vacancy for a Part-Time Administrator.  You'll handle telephone calls, organise viewings to properties and undertake general administration. If you're looking for an interesting and varied role to add legal experience to your CV, look on SAGE@ the Careers Service for this vacancy.

The Scottish Young Lawyers' Association (SYLA) and the WS Society have launched an essay writing competition on the subject 'Social media: can the law catch up?' The winning entry will be published in the WS Society's 2013 summer edition of Signet Magazine, and the winner will also receive a year's free affiliate (or equiv.) membership of the WS Society, plus a £100 Amazon voucher. You can send your article, 650 words long, to for entries is 31st March.

The finalists of the Scott + Co Scottish Legal Awards 2013 have been announced.  Maybe a firm you've applied to or have thought about working for is on their list?  Why not find out? – It could prove useful research! 23 firms and companies have progressed to the awards finals of this programme which 'recognises excellence in the Scottish legal profession and raises funds for charity'. Click here for a list of the 2013 finalists.

Thinking about your career plans, perhaps beyond practising Law? It's good to consider all your options.  Over 40% of graduate jobs are open to any degree and that includes many ICT roles. Scotland IS – the professional organisation supporting the ICT industry – has many legal firms including DLA Piper & Pinsent Masons on its membership list. People skills, analysis and creativity are valued in ICT and you can find out more by visiting our exciting new 'Focus on IT' careers event, on 27 Feb 2013. Learn about career opportunities for anyone attracted by a dynamic work environment and great career development opportunities. If you have a passion for technology – put ‘Focus on IT’ in your diary!
TIME: 1pm – 4pm
VENUE: Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

In similar vein, if you're exploring roles connected with the law but outwith legal practice, Forensic Accountancy is the application of accountancy and investigative skills to legal matters. It involves a good grasp of numbers and the ability to prepare independent Court compliant reports that are easy to understand.  The role of forensic accountants, such as HW Forensic Accountants, (featured last week in, is 'to analyse the financial or commercial information and report…findings in a clear, concise and easy to understand manner that all parties to the case can understand.'

Research by Chambers Student Guide has found that trainee retention rates at UK law firms have dipped in 2012 for the first time since the height of the 2009 downturn.  Their survey of over 120 firms found an overall retention rate of 79.1%, down on last year's figure of 80.5%. Global law firm Clifford Chance confirmed it had reduced the number of trainees it takes on in London by almost a fifth. Legal Week News Alerts (4th Jan) highlights that the 'prolonged eurozone downturn and economic stagnation in the UK' are denting business confidence in the legal profession, with 1 in 3 partners expecting revenues to fall or remain static in 2013.

And finally…

If you are just curious about the day-to-day adventures of a trainee at the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service, or are researching seriously to make an application to COPFS, why not follow Michelle's entertaining (and informative!) Fiscal Trainee Blog, featured on the Law Society of Scotland's website:

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