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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
As a fresh-faced group of 16 and 17-year-olds marched across London in step to the famous Junior Apprentice theme tune this week, I couldn’t help but wonder - could this be the future of the legal profession?
After all, the news that applications for university law courses have plummeted by 5.2 per cent as part of an overall record drop in applications of 9 per cent (25 October 2011), comes at a time when many savvy students are beginning to move in favour of on-the-job training as a substitute to higher education.
In light of tuition fee hikes this is hardly surprising. And with Lord Sugar essentially preaching that university is not the only route to wealth and success why wouldn’t students choose immediate money over a mountain of debt? Indeed a handful of law firms have already jumped on the legal apprenticeship bandwagon, looking to nab the brightest and best post-A-level students to mould in the ways of their firm (27 September 2011).
But can this new path into law sit side-by-side with the traditional route? Or could it give birth to two tiers of lawyers in law firms? For more on this topic look out for the Lawyer2B winter edition, available in December.
In other news, in the autumn edition of Lawyer 2B, which came out last week, we reveal that 85 per cent of the 1,000-plus students questioned for our Big Survey signalled that face-to-face lectures are an essential component of postgraduate legal education (20 October 2011).
This was bad news for Legal Practice Course providers the College of Law and BPP, where web-based learning makes up around 70 per cent of a 40-hour week.
But those against e-learning will have to get used to it, as the law schools are unlikely to change their positions any time soon - especially after pouring millions into impressive online programmes (27 October 2011).
They may have a point: as a junior lawyer, some 75 per cent of your time will be spent writing, drafting or researching, with minimal client contact.
Getting started early with a ’virtual’ lifestyle makes a lot of sense.
PS Next week we will be attending law fairs at Cardiff University and the University of East Anglia so come along to our stand to say hello to the Lawyer 2B team. Also, for the inside track on how to approach law firms and a list of current fairs look here.
PPS Lawyer 2B has teamed up with the College of Law to once again host ’Not too Late for Law’; a unique event for career changers and mature students.
Delegates will be able to gain an insight from some of the City’s top law firms on how to break into the legal profession. For more information click here.