Course curriculum

    1. Introduction to legal careers

    2. The recruitment cycle

    3. Solicitor apprenticeships (with Holly Moore)

    4. Understanding your priorities

    5. Self-reflection

    6. Researching roles

    1. What is a training contract?

    2. Key skills required of trainee solicitors

    3. Key training contract challenges

    4. The benefits of a training contract

    1. Overview of the key practice areas

    2. Corporate

    3. Banking / Finance

    4. Real Estate

    5. Intellectual Property

    6. Tax

    7. Competition / Anti-trust

    8. Employment & Pensions

    9. Dispute Resolution

    10. QUIZ ~ the key practice areas

    1. Overview of common trainee tasks

    2. E-guide to what trainees do

    3. Due diligence: a trainee's role

    4. Due diligence: issues to look out for

    5. Document review: a trainee's role

    6. Non-chargeable work

    7. QUIZ ~ what do trainees actually do?

    1. Training contracts Q&A

    1. Recommended resources

    2. Commercial Law Handbook

    3. Training Contract Handbook

    4. LinkedIn networking group

Introduction to commercial law

  • 32 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content


City Career Series Founder & Ex-Freshfields Lawyer Jake Schogger

Jake Schogger is a qualified lawyer, career coach, entrepreneur, author, copywriter and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of City Career Series, a publishing company that has sold ~50,000 handbooks designed to help students secure City careers, including the critically acclaimed Commercial Law Handbook. He trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and now acts as a legal adviser to start-ups and scale-ups, whilst also working as a career coach and delivering career-related presentations at universities across the UK. In addition, Jake works with tech start-ups and runs a variety of his own businesses, including a creative/commercial consultancy (Fresh Perspective) and a luxury cake business (Whisk & Drizzle). For more information, visit: and or search for “City Career Series” on YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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