Commercial awareness

Being commercially aware means understanding a law firm as a business in its environment. This page helps you with that.

If you've been in academia since birth, you might wonder how a law firm can expect you to be 'commercially aware'. Don't worry you're not alone. To approach a law firm as a brilliant legal mind isn't enough; successful candidates make it clear to firms that they understand its goals, and its commercial threats and opportunities.

Our researchers at Chambers spend every day interviewing lawyers about their jobs. The stories we hear that have an impact on the profession will feature on this page. 

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