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

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  • The problem is that they operated a discriminatory recruitment model which meant that law graduates could not apply until the summer, by which time they had decided to fill up on Basket Weavers and thus were left in a much worse position than someone who had fudged their way through uni on a rubbish course.

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  • Kindred - Slaughters are not a magic circle firm. That's why they weren't included.

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  • In 99% of cases I don't think it's fair to say that people didn't/couldn't apply for the vacation scheme because of other commitments. They offer 3 schemes which should suit all but the most inflexible.
    As has been said before, you have to really want the job in this market. I finish uni in mainland Europe on Friday, fly all my stuff home to Ireland on Saturday and start the VP in London on Monday.

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  • Maybe instead of acting like all the other sheep and simply go for a LLB, you should have followed the path of the likes of me... Did a degree in Basket Weaving also known as a BA Chinese and Law where I got all the extra knowledge that you cannot get with a simple LLB and then applied EARLY to magic circle firms, and did the GDL... which by the way pretty much means doing the substantial elements of a 3 year LLB in one year (not much basket weaving there) ! So instead of moaning and feeling sorry for yourself, you should sort it out ! Do something in the "mean"time... enhance your cv to maximise your chances when they next recruit : you could even do a year of basket weaving: it's not that difficult. Good luck...

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  • 'I also think it should say something about the candidate that they knew they wanted to be a Lawyer from an earlier age than a GDL candidate as they chose to study it at Uni having probably decided to do so in their mid-teens.'
    In many cases, I would suggest it shows that they had parents who gave them good guidance.
    In many cases, it probably shows that they were thinking about making lots of money from an early age.
    Seriously; who, in their mid-teens had any idea what a career in law (or any other career for that matter) would actually entail?
    The GDL is not a soft option.
    Just give it a rest, people.

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  • Speaking of parental guidance, those who study the GDL are almost exclusively those whose parents can afford to throw eight grand at them for another year spent studying on top of the fortune they've already paid out.

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  • Question: aren't law students applying for Training contracts only really in a good position to do so after they get their 2nd year results? Therefore, applying early (before exams) doesn't necessarily put you in a better position?
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, I just always thought the whole reason for the July deadline was so 2nd yr results could be taken into account :-S

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  • Doughnut - I didn't know anyone on the GDL who didn't either pay for it themselves (using those lawyer-friendly loans from Natwest) or (having secured a TC out of the grasping hands of a law student) have their future firm pay on their behalf...

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  • LLB or GDL, neither is a walk in the park. Personally, I did a degree at Cambridge followed by the GDL. Definitely not Mickey Mouse. And neither of my parents were in a position to support me financially. Bitterness and envy are very ugly emotions.
    Welcome to the harsh reality of the business world ladies and gentlemen - unfortunately the moral issues rank well behind the ecomomic reality in terms of importance and it is just typical of lawyers that the points of view expressed here have so emphatically gone off on a tangent and show an astounding lack of commercial acumen.
    By the way, I have been in practice for 8 years and have been made redundant so no accusations of not sharing the pain please. Vent to your friends and move on.

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  • Well put Anonymous (11.44am). I sympathise with those applying for the fast-dwindling number of jobs, but the sense of entitlement from law students on this board compared to their non-law colleagues is frankly laughable.
    Having supervised my fair share of trainees and interviewed my fair share of hopefuls, I can say with some experience that non-law grads make just as fine trainees as law grads and (crucially for this discussion) often make much better interviewees.
    I say this as a law graduate.

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