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.  Prior to 2020 the market for newly qualified lawyers had been a relatively buoyant one, with a good number of positions coming up in a range of areas. The current Covid-19 pandemic has impacted legal recruitment at all levels, and so it is particularly hard to predict how the market will look for 2021 qualifiers.  We would, however, recommend that you treat this year like any other and start preparing your CV as early as possible, so that you are ready to apply for suitable positions when they do become available.

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