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The 22nd edition of Chambers Student is now live!

Few careers offer more certainty and structure than law. But in the profession that always promised rock-solid stability, things are a little rocky. Soon the Solicitors Qualifying Exam will boot out the current path for students: we explore what this means for you. And you might have noticed law firms getting jitters over AI. We expect this to profoundly transform the lawyer’s role as much as it will their clients’ problems. Change is happening fast. We invited the visionaries at Womble Bond Dickinson to help us grasp how the profession will evolve, in The Law Firm of the Future.

We may be living in uncertain times, but as any canny lawyer knows, uncertainty equals opportunity. Clifford Chance has grasped this: we partner with their lawyers to explain why now is the moment for STEM students to consider law

With similar sentiment, Lady Hale’s advice is to “seize the moment.” In an interview with us this year, the first female president of the Supreme Court reflected on her career. If an opportunity comes along, instead of saying 'I'm not sure I can do that,' be realistic about whether you can do it or not, but if you think you can, give it a go.” During our chat with Hale we focused on the diversity deficit in law. “It's quite a good idea if the legal profession and judiciary are visible embodiments of equality and fairness,” she told us. "Those are foundational values of the law."

The legal profession – and the City in particular – struggles with diversity. Travers Smith is one firm that has always embodied that traditional City image. But, acknowledging that established methods for tackling diversity weren’t resulting in progress, Travers opted for a more radical approach to diversity. We interviewed their lawyers about the firm’s successes that might set new models for the City to follow, and why an inclusive culture makes a firm more competitive.

In this unsettled phase in our history, we really haven’t had enough of experts. We seek clarity, rigorous research and independent analysis – and in Chambers Student you get that by the bucket-load. This guide is designed to help you understand the legal profession in all its complexity. Everything we write is based on private interviews with trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and leading lawyers. There’s no spin, no marketing, no bias – just the information you need to make sound decisions and proceed with confidence.

Antony Cooke – Editor  Antony Cooke

October 2018 

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