Nisha Beerjeraz, ex-BPP LPC student

Britain's got talent

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  • I think you're a little too quick to rely on the working class hero argument and a little too slow to recognise that maybe - just maybe - you're not actually good enough. The idea that most training contracts go to people who have senior partners as family friends and who network on the golf course is a ridiculous stereotype and one which both the Law Soc and the BSB are working very hard to counter. People like you are not doing yourselves any favours by pandering to it.

    Yes, the course is expensive and yes, competition is tough. But everyone's in the same boat and the simple reason that you've shelled out for the LPC does not mean you're entitled to a training contract. Of all the people I know who have got one: all worked their butts off, none knew anyone at their chosen firm, and the majority were rejected first time around.

    Final word - those of us on the BVC have had to put up with this kind of competition for years. We have all accepted that the people we are up against for pupillage are incredibly talented. It is time you stopped acting like the world owes you a favour and do the same.

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  • I don't think the blogger is having a whinge about her own situation. Reading through her previous blogs it is evident that she is merely commenting on issues that are coming to light in the legal world. Unlike other bloggers, it doesn't seem to be about herself as much even if she is drawing on her own experiences. It is very easy to criticise someone's views and impose your own over it - it takes courage to put your own thoughts, no matter how controversial, onto a blank canvas knowing that you'll receive harsh criticism.

    Although I haven't had problems attaining a training contract I fully understand the underlying issues that still penetrate the legal world regarding equal opportunities and class ceilings. I think the blogger is right that something needs to be done to prevent the spirals of debt many law students fall into and level out the chances between the rich and the poor. Of course, there are many under privileged students who do get a training contract and I am sure that the blogger knows this, but stating the obvious is not the intention here. Good on her for pushing out a controversial blog. It makes a change from the same old.

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  • same old blogger same old story. Always complaining about the state of the law and the fact that she had to shell out £X,000 for the LPC even though she didn't have a TC lined up and how the world somehow brutally shafted her by allowing her to go through with the LPC and still have no TC by the end. Simple fact is if you try hard enough for long enough you will succeed. The previous poster makes a valid point regarding the Bar, surely if anyone should be complaining about class ceilings and high standards of competition it is those who undertake the Bar and who intend to embark on a career in Human Rights or Criminal law starting with an average pay of about £12,000 if they're lucky.

    I wonder if the blogger applied to any criminal firms or high street firms that wouldn't be in a position to refund the LPC cost and wouldn't be paying out a salary of over £50,000 upon qualification? hmmmmmm..... i think not.

    Those of you who want a TC don't just want any TC, you want a good TC with a top City firm paying top City monies.... let's just state the facts plx. Thanks.

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