As a law student it's very important to be commercially aware and to research organisations who you may wish to approach for a training contract, pro-bono work experience or other employment opportunities. Be sure to research any market sector you or your potential clients may be interested in, you never know what information may give you a competitive edge at interview.
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Databases for Company and Market Research
A UK provider of market research and company and people information, includes UK perspectives on international companies.
Search here to find out who owns the law firm or company, where it's based and to see how financially healthy they are and even who pays the most! If you are looking to work as an in-house lawyer in a particular sector you can find information here on various charities and particular industry sectors from retail fashion to transport. It's possible to benchmark a group of companies and some reports include SWOT and PESTLE analysis.
MarketLine’s company profiles (available via Business Source Premier) include PEST and SWOT analyses and lists of competitors.
Provides market data for 30 countries across 17 industries, including market size, market share, segmentation data, trend forecasts and socio-economic data.
Mintel Oxygen Academic Provider of market and consumer intelligence.
Keeping up to Date
European Newsstream contains articles from the FT, other quality newspapers and local papers the Western Mail and South Wales Echo.
LexisLibrary contains articles from the quality press. Go to the News section and select from the Sources menu: UK broadsheets.
News and law news websites
Al Jazeera for international news in english.
BBC business news.
CNN US based international news.
The Economist for industry sector news.
The Financial Times (selected full text content only).
South China Morning Post for information on Asian markets.
Wall Street Journal UK edition.
Careers and Employability Advice
The webpage of the USW careers and employability service can be found here.