Future lawyers: the legal industry wants to know what you're thinking!

The Chambers Student guide strives to give students the very best information and analysis they can access on law firms, the Bar and the legal profession. Our guide is compiled via the insights and opinions of thousands of trainees, junior lawyers and students across the UK. 

This survey aims to capture the data we need to understand the needs of our readers, and to help us produce the best guide possible.

Where we ask for verbal responses, we'd love lively, frank, honest comments, and we welcome anecdotes. Sharing your experiences will be invaluable to future lawyers. We are grateful to every trainee, lawyer and student who contributes to our research.

This survey is designed to take 5-10 minutes to complete. The identity of every contributor will be protected. Our research adheres strictly to GDPR requirements.

With thanks,

The Chambers Student research team

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* 6. Do you want to be a solicitor, barrister or pursue another career in the legal profession?

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* 7. In your career as a lawyer, how important are the following factors?

  Doesn't bother me Not very important Quite important Very important Essential
The intellectual challenge
The opportunity to make the world a better place
A prestigious career
Clear career progression
A positive working culture
Work-life balance
To be a high earner

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* 8. What makes you view a legal employer as successful?

  Doesn't bother me Not very important Quite important Very important Essential
A good reputation in the market/top clients
Size of its global network/large headcount
High revenue/profitability
A positive working culture
Being diverse and inclusive
A positive environmental impact
Commitment to society/community
A long history
Its work for local economies

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* 9. What would put you off applying to a law firm or chambers?

  Doesn't bother me Not very important Quite important Very important Essential
Below market salaries
Limited practice areas/seat options
Aggressive culture
Lack of diversity
Controversial clients (e.g. fossil fuels)
Lack of pro bono or charitable work
Poor marketing/social media presence
Lack of international opportunities
Strong hierarchy/sluggish career progression
Lack of early responsibility/intellectual challenge

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* 10. Which areas of legal practice are you most attracted to? (if too soon, leave blank)

  No interest Not very interested Quite interested Very interested I only want to do this
Arbitration
Banking and finance
Bankruptcy and restructuring
Capital markets
Chancery
Commercial
Competition/Antitrust
Construction
Corporate/M&A
Crime
Employment
Environment
Family law
Human rights / immigration
Insurance
Intellectual property
Investment funds/Private equity/Venture capital
Litigation
Media and entertainment
Pensions
Personal injury / clinical neg
Private wealth, trusts and estates
Projects and energy
Real estate
Renewable energy/climate change
Shipping, aviation, transport and international trade
Sports, media and entertainment
Tax
Technology / telecommunications

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* 11. What excites you about being a lawyer?

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* 12. What is your greatest concern about your career in law?

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* 13. What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the legal profession?

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* 14. Do you prefer attending careers fairs and events in person or virtually?

Your identity

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* 18. Would you describe yourself as either black, Asian or minority ethnic?

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* 19. Your secondary school education...

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* 20. Would you describe yourself as having a disability?

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* 21. Do you identify as LGBTQ+

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* 22. Which of the following platforms are the most useful for researching law firms and/or barristers' chambers?

  Did not use Not useful Quite useful Very useful Invaluable
All About Law
Chambers Student
LawCareers.Net
Legal Cheek
Lex100
Prospects
Target Jobs

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* 23. When researching law firms/barristers' chambers and making career decisions, which of the following platforms do you trust the most?

  Not at all Somewhat reliable Very reliable Completely relied upon it
All About Law
Chambers Student
LawCareers.Net
Legal Cheek
Lex100
Prospects
Target Jobs
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