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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.
Hopefully some of you received some good news through the post earlier this week. First September is the earliest date firms are permitted to make training contract offers to law students who are about to start their final year of university.
If, however, youre not one of the lucky ones then its probably time to take stock and to work out what went wrong. I know its easier said than done other than my driving test Id not failed at anything until I received my first rejection letter through the post from Clifford Chance (CC). It was so upsetting it brought tears to my eyes (much to my younger brothers delight who was convinced that hed make a much better lawyer than me!).
But never one to give up on the first hurdle I regained my composure and turned my attention to my remaining interviews, which thankfully threw up some surprising results two competing offers from CCs magic circle rivals. That said, the rejection letters also continued to pile in proving that you cant win them all.
Luck arguably played a massive role in my securing a training contract but the hours of preparation I put in definitely helped. Indeed, rather than crying into my pillow after each disastrous interview I used the experience to improve my technique for the next one.
But what about those of you who are finding it impossible to translate the endless stream of applications into a job offer? Is it time to give up or should you keep trying? I suggest that before conceding defeat you need to ask yourself some key questions do you satisfy the minimum criteria firms are looking for? Are you doing enough research and preparation? What feedback have firms been giving you and have you been taking their tips on board?
If youve had first and second interviews and feel youre making progress then I suggest you do the same as me and keep trying. But if the feedback you get hints at a lack of commercial or any relevant experience then you definitely rethink your strategy. For example, it may be worth considering taking a gap year to literally help you to close the gap in your CV. Whatever you do dont panic as many people pick up training contracts well into their final year and university and indeed during their LPC.
Finally, keep your options open a law degree will make you a very attractive graduate to employers even in this current economic climate.