Fresh blow for trainees as A&O shuts up shop early

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  • So is the suggestion here that virtually no law graduates will be freshly recruited as people on the GDL and deferring trainees have filled the spaces? If it is then A&O should be ashamed of themselves.

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  • Ermmm, if it is then why should A&O be ashamed of themselves?

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  • Bap - I hope you are not a trainee as your reasoning leaves a lot to be desired of it. A&O are protecting their business from any detrimental effects they MAY encounter over the next 2 years. They are ensuring continuation for the existing graduates that have already got contracts for 2011-12 as well as the unfortunates who had to defer their start dates. I say hats off to A&O for their forward thinking and taking action early to ensure all interested parties know exactly where they stand.

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  • Anonymous @ 3:50 pm, just pointing out that nobody has yet 'had' to defer at A&O.

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  • "virtually no law graduates"

    False. There are about 30 future law graduates on the VP scheme including me, and most will be applying for places.

    In fact, is it too much to hope the law students on the vacation scheme will be more likely to be offered places to ensure the regular distribution of law/non-law?

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  • They didn't open recruitment to law graduates and have now closed their recruitment altogether, leaving law graduates discriminated against. I suppose though it's a detriment to being a lawyer to have a law degree, we should have all done Basket Weaving instead.

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  • And A&O have publicly announced that there will be no forced deferrals - they are inviting volunteers, but people are free not to volunteer. I agree, the firm's taking preventative action. And a smaller intake is actually better for those who do get in - their chances of retention on qualification are much better.

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  • I agree. Whats there to be ashamed of? Unless Bap is contending that law firms have a moral duty to provide employment to law school graduates regardless of their business model? are we a communist state now?

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  • Bap - what are you on about? Of course A&O opened recruitment to law grads. It's no detriment to have a law degree when trying to be a lawyer. Competition is tough and A&O have filled their vacancies already. Unfortunate state of the market.

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  • The end of this article is incorrect - Freshfields is not the only magic circle firm yet to defer trainees. Slaughters haven't done this either.

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