Firms go traineespotting

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  • “The idea is to attract people who really want to work in local government or already have an interest in Kent, not just people who are after any training contract,” says KCC’s principal solicitor Ben Watts. “The application process will only be advertised on our website and on Twitter..."

    And apparently by way of an article on thelawyer.com.

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  • Surely the story should not be about Kent or RPC, but what needs to be done to improve a system where nearly three times as many students study for the LPC as there are Training Contracts. Madness.

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  • Concerned of Yorkshire, why do you think people need to be controlled? Surely someone intelligent enough to pass a degree and a cpe/lpc should be left to decide themselves whether they are 'good enough' to get a training contract.

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  • @ 5:32

    Sorry, just seen your reply. People don't need to be controlled, the Legal Educators do. The LPC costs somewhere between £10.5K to £14K. I have seen too many CVs and spoken to too many wide eyed LPC graduates who are scratching around for Paralegal work after spending tens and tens of thousands of pounds on their legal education. It's genuinely saddening.

    Sadly, these students are seldom the type for whom mummy and daddy can write off the debt.

    On the numbers cited, the Law schools SELL 9000 too many courses than are needed. That's around £100M from people who were never going to get a TC. There is an argument (a tenuous one, mind you) to say that one could study for an LLB as a "general degree" rather than a vocational one, but this argument runs out of the little steam it had at the LPC.

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  • It really is difficult to get a training contract, especially when students have worked so hard to find a struggle at the end to get one. I myself am so determined and worked hard towards a legal career and I am very motivated to work in this field, I'm not going to give up the search for a TC.

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