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I’m not sure about you but I’m no longer certain which side to believe in relation to the various statistics that have been recently released about your chances of securing a training contract.
The Law Society has been warning aspiring solicitors about the oversupply of law students for absolutely ages. But last month the College of Law (CoL) surprised the market by claiming that there’s going to be a shortfall of LPC graduates (read more).
When we first broke the story it attracted scores of comments mainly from readers arguing that it was in the law school’s interest to publish such statistics. As one put it: “CoL would say anything to get more applicants to commence on the LPC.”
Another wrote: “These comments from CoL are just outrageous.” Indeed, I started coming to a similar conclusion. So I called on the college to come clean and demanded that it disclosed the final destinations of its students. These figures are arguably far more revealing than some of the other stats that are currently being circulated.
Interestingly, as we reported earlier this week, the figures given to us by CoL and Kaplan (BPP didn’t provide us with any as it hasn’t until now gathered such information) are very encouraging, with both institutions claiming that most of their class of July 2010 either secured a training contract, paralegal position or other law-related job (read more).
In fact, given all the recent trainee deferrals and so many firms either cancelling or scaling back their graduate recruitment programmes the results are almost too good to be true.
But assuming that they are true, all of you who have forked out thousands of pounds to self-fund the LPC or are planning to do so in the autumn should hopefully feel just that little bit calmer. Saying that, it would be incredibly naive of any of you to think that you’ll just be able to waltz into a training contract.
On a separate note, Lawyer 2B is launching a student attitude survey to find out what you think about the legal profession. Click here to participate and you could be in with a chance of winning an iPAD 2 or Kindle.
Last but not least the Summer 2011 issue of Lawyer 2B is now out so go and grab your free copy from your law faculty or careers service.