Herbies defends decision to sell work placement at auction

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  • “Work placements should be allocated based on socio-economic background, skills and merit, not industry contacts or financial advantage.”
    what an utterly ridiculous and self-contradicting statement.
    Your background should have nothing to do with it. The Lawyer is becoming increasingly boring with its constant drip drip moaning about social diversity and access to the professions.
    I'm a second year undergraduate in law at a Russell Group uni. Everyone, regardless of their backgrounds, who has the grades, is outgoing and made an effort in their applications have vac schemes this summer.
    Just because you are poor, does not mean you deserve work experience more than anyone else. Work for it, and you'll get it. This auction was for charity. This is not news.

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  • Anyone else wonder what "socio-economic background" has to do with allocation of placements? Skills and merit are surely the only relevant factors.

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  • Often the problem arises before the university stage. If you are the first in your family to go to university, have never had contact with a professional person, and work every night after school just to make ends meet, then (a) how are you ever going to make it into a top tier uni? (b) how will you know how to do a good vac scheme application (c) how will you even find out about what becoming a lawyer involves?

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  • @ Anonymous | 2-Jun-2011 12:21 pm - ' Work for it, and you'll get it'
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    Sadly the UK is very far from a true meritocracy. If life in the UK is a race, then it is one in which some start just a few yards from the finishing line, some start blindfolded, some with the wind behind them and some with it against them, some not even having been told where the track is.

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  • Oh the delicious irony of raising money to alleviate disadvantage by entrenching disadvantage: yin and yang in perfect balance / what the left hand giveth, the right hand taketh away / you get the idea.

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  • Having the social dexterity to network your way into a work placement is one thing; buying it is just vulgar.

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  • Social diversity is important. The trainee intake at any given top tier law firm is saturated with public/private school entrants and there is an unhealthy policy of nepotism within the City whereby trainees are often the relatives of Partners or clients. This clearly does not apply to the majority but it does apply to a remarkably large minority.
    At least in this instance a charity benefitted. Normally such placements are handed out to those of wealthy and well-connected backgrounds without such benefit.

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  • When I was a student, I would have paid 5 times that to get a placement there. Not that I had the money – I would have put it on student debt. My old man is not that rich but he would have sold his two bedroom place and got a one bedroom place if a placement at A&O and CC was on the market for £100,000. Who would not want to work there? I would even do the training contract again if I could work at someplace like that. Let's face it , everyone who is not at a top firm is a nobody in law and is desperate to be there. So, well done Herbies for spotting a gap in the market. They could probably make an extra 2-3 million a year if they sold all their placements and training contracts.

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  • Anonymous 12:21 pm
    "Everyone, regardless of their backgrounds, who has the grades, is outgoing and made an effort in their applications have vac schemes this summer".
    As well as some people who might not have the grades, are socially retarded and make no effort, but have got a vac scheme precisely because of their background and Daddy's money.
    I think you might have missed the self-contradiction in your own comment.

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  • @ Anonymous | 2-Jun-2011 12:21 pm:
    'I'm a second year undergraduate in law at a Russell Group uni. Everyone, regardless of their backgrounds...'
    Has it ever struck you that that most of your fellow students are from similar backgrounds?
    You say that background should have nothing to do with it - but reality is that it has a lot to do with everything in the UK.
    You should be thanking your parents for providing you with an educational foundation that allows you to study at an elite university instead of posting 'work for it and you will get it' drivel on websites.

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