Often the most confusing part of securing your first NQ position is not knowing what to do, but when to do it. Our NQ Outlook™ Process and Timeline provide a simple guide to get you started.

When to begin the process

Every firm sets its own recruitment plan each year and will take into consideration the vagaries of the market before beginning its NQ recruitment drive.  It is always hard to predict how the NQ market will be in any given year.  2021 was in general a very busy year, with increased recruitment at all levels and a particular demand for junior lawyers across all disciplines.  At this stage there are no signs of the market slowing down and so we anticipate that the market will remain buoyant, with lots of opportunities for candidates qualifying in 2022.  It is always hard to predict with complete certainty when the first positions will become available and so we would recommend that you start preparing your CV as early as possible, allowing you to apply for suitable positions when they do become available.

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