Clifford Chance to slash 2015 trainee intake

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  • That's appalling abuse...oh... they're just slashing the numbers.

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  • before somone embarks on spending about £90k to do get through the under-graduate and post-graduate phase ot their legal education, perhaps someone should tell poor unsuspecting 6th formers about this. it perhaps reflects a wider reduction in the number of trainee positions in the profession.

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  • Jason, before embarking on spending huge amounts of money on the post-graduate phase of their legal education, perhaps the current crop of would-be lawyers should consider ensuring that they have a training contract in place. Basic common sense, and I have very little sympathy for people who come out of law school having sunk £20k into the GDL and LPC without having thought to try and ensure they had a job at the end of it first.

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  • Clifford Chance have made an announcement that they are reducing numbers (from 120 to 100). How else should they inform sixth formers?

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  • Both Jason and the Anonymi are quite correct, but not looking far enough ahead. In ten years time the legal profession (other than the elite city firms and those catering for various niche markets) will consist of call centres of paralegals supervised by one solicitor or licensed conveyancer) and the only beneficiaries will be those running the courses paid for by the deceived sixth formers.

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  • Grow up People, 2015 long way off who knows what will happen then, but at end of the day it up to Clifford chance make there own choice and is no body business what they do so as they say future not written yet so is open to change.

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  • Before I start let me say I work in a large law firm but not Clifford Chance.
    Before anyone critises this action just think it costs at least £150,000 to get a trainee to a newly qualified lawyer. At the moment all law firms have lawyers with spare capacity. Put these two facts together and they either don't need some of their newly qualifieds/associates or they don't need all their trainees.
    We've just heard from George Osborne that austerity is going to continue into 2018.
    Therefore proper headcount planning for any law firm is essential.
    But also note - what can be said of newly qualified/associates can also be said of partners.

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  • @Anonymous 3:24pm
    It is very easy for students who already have a TC in the bag to get on their high horse and say that those of us who "sunk" £20k into the GDL and LPC without a TC in place lack common sense. I did just this and halfway through the LPC (along with many fellow students) I got a TC at an American firm in the City. Although I definitely believe that students need to be realistic about their chances before spending vast quantites of money on legal education, hard work definitely pays off in the end and it is perfectly possible to get a TC halfway through the LPC. Don't write people off before they have even started the GDL!

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  • I can empathise with the plight of those who optimistically enter into the GDL and LPC without having an offer of a job to go to but I wonder at whether it is a good thing.
    The successful ones may well end up being the entrepreneurial risk-takers who are needed to ensure long-term survival of their firms but they are also perhaps the least well-placed temperamentally to provide their clients with sensible advice on risk, which is ultimately what a great deal of legal practice is all about...

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  • I will actually say to complete strangers expressing an interest in the profession, unless you or your parents have contacts good enough to get you a training contract, then don't incur the debt.

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