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Book review: From Student to Solicitor by Charlotte Harrison

Dr Gregory Ioannidis reviews a guide for aspiring solicitors, which offers advice on training contract applications and valuable networking tips

4 February 2016

In an important guide for those aspiring to become solicitors, author Charlotte Harrison writes authoritatively on the dynamics that operate from degree level to life as a trainee solicitor, engaging readers with the use of many practical examples and the author's personal experience from practice.

Structurally, the book contains 21 short chapters shared between three parts that include the academic and vocational qualification stages and the stage of the training contract. The chapters, with titles such as 'Why Become A Solicitor' and 'The View From The Top', authored by Linda Lee, vice president of the Law Society, and Malcolm Padgett, recruitment partner at Coffin Mew, offer unique insight into the preparation stages for a successful career as a solicitor. Not only is there guidance and tips for successful applications and interviews, but there are little details that focus on the appropriate steps for effective networking and 'selling yourself'...

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