Aspiring lawyers expect to work longer hours, says survey

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  • Why does the lawyer always ask students at non-elite law faculties for quotes? If the aim is to gauge the opinion of a London law student, why not ask Claire from UCL?

    The student's comment underlines the reason why far too many people are applying for law: they think it is a "fun", "exciting" career based on watching American sitcoms without any real appreciation for what law is really like in reality. Furthermore I take issue with the notion that law provides "very little reward once you get there" - it still pays an awful lot more than other careers. Perhaps a quote from an actual lawyer would have been more illustrative.

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  • I think in the opinion of the vast majority Warwick and QMUL are 'elite' law schools but that is a debate for another day.

    The point is when law students say it is 'fun', they are not referring to the 'fun' they see on sitcoms rather the fun of being in a stimulating career. Its no lie that the legal profession is a joke nowadays with so much competition and long hours, I wouldn't be surprised if the generation below me opted for a different career, certainly my kids will not be following this path.

    As a prospective barrister, long hours is something I have to face and I am prepared to face it, not because I want to but because pupillage is so hard to get by, I will do anything to get it. But it inevitably it means where you gain one thing, you lose another. In our case as law students, it tends to be family and friends. No one could say working 50-60 hours a week will not cause you to sacrifice time for loved ones.

    There needs to be radical changes in the culture of law firms and chambers, otherwise the profession is going to keep constricting and many bright talents will pursue a different path.

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  • What difference does it make if someone comments from a "non elite" university? It is just a general comment from a law student.

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  • To be honest I myself is starting university this september to study LLB Law, I believe you have to do your reserach before making a career decision.

    I've done a lot of reserach into training contracts etc, most of the firms especially in the city look for ABB at A level and a 2:1 at degree, so its not that hard to get a trainign contract you just hav to have the plus points so you stand out.

    I've already been offered a position at the firm where I'm undertaking voluntary work with a senior solicitor, so I guess you just have to show enthusiasm when you get into through the door.

    Also most firms allow you to be flexible, I mean if you want to cut down your hours to fit in with your family commitments you can do at the same time, so the idea of working long hours doesn't apply to everyone unless they choose to do the long hours themselves.

    Once you secure a training contract most of the firms tend to retain most of thier employees, so who ever wants to go and pursue a career in law don't get put off by what people say, just do the reserach, and surely you won't be dissapointed!!

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  • Re: Anonymous | 23-Apr-2010 10:13 pm

    Are you some sort of belated April Fool?

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  • Why don't you also look at houw Lawyers have been treated in the donwturn... see comments at http://www.thelawyer.com/uk-firms-remain-wary-despite-elevated-recruitment-figures/1004112.article#commentsubmitted

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  • Also most firms allow you to be flexible, I mean if you want to cut down your hours to fit in with your family commitments you can do at the same time, so the idea of working long hours doesn't apply to everyone unless they choose to do the long hours themselves.

    LOL!

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  • Have you heard yourself - it's not that hard to get a training contract! I note you say you have a position lined up - not a training contract.

    See how you're fixed once you've done three years at uni - I don't think you're in a very strong position to comment on this.

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  • Flexible working - I think it depnds on the firm you work for.

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