News Careers Lack of contracts fails to halt increase in law students By The Lawyer 8 November 2009 00:00 17 December 2015 09:42 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Peter Cairns 9 November 2009 at 21:44 Why on earth are students taking law courses when there are no positions in the legal field? It really is a farce and a con! Reply Link Anonymous 10 November 2009 at 12:07 Unfortunately some people have to learn the hard way Reply Link Anonymous 11 November 2009 at 15:01 Fortunately some people study law as an interesting academic discipline in itself, so it isn’t a massive problem. Reply Link M.F.Warmoth 13 November 2009 at 16:37 It must be remembered that many undergraduate Law Students do not actually desire a career practicing Law, or even pursuing a career within the legal spheres. In many respects, I think that the increase is a good thing. Although competition may be more intense than ever, it does mean that students have to work harder and be show greater dedication. Ultimately, it can only benefit the general public as the quality of Lawyers produced can only increase. Reply Link Anonymous 16 November 2009 at 16:43 It is worrying that so many people are still incurring the expense of the LPC without either obtaining paralegal work or alternative experience to get their foot in the door of the legal world. To say that 7,000 people have completed the LPC with only 6,000 places, does not take into account the additional scores of people working in law firms who finished the LPC in the years preceedings and are still waiting to land a training contract. As a 2010 qualifyer (and seeing the market decline at a rapid rate), if I were to do my time again in the current climate, I would do my law degree and take the ILEX route – you learn on the job and you can earn money whilst you progress in your chose field. Reply Link Peregrine Mason 20 November 2009 at 07:45 If you are bright enough to qualify as a solicitor, it is the best way. Going the ILEX route means that your career prospects will be extremely limited and can never become a partner (unless you qualify later). Maybe you will gain in the short term, but, long-term, you will always regret it. Watching all your mates move on and up, knowing where you could have got to will be a perennial sore. Reply Link Anonymous 20 November 2009 at 10:51 I suppose one has to look at the positives. Oversupply is beneficial to law firms as it deflates wages and provides ample choice. Also paralegals will work hard on the promise of a training contract (not likely to materialise though) As soon as the paralegal works it out and leaves there will always be a large pool of younger paralegals to draw upon. Most firms achieve good profits, primarily because they use teams of cheap paralegals. Without the oversupply that would not be possible. Reply Link Anonymous 20 November 2009 at 15:02 I thought Legal Executives could become partners since the Legal Services Act 2007 came into force in March 2009. I’m a solicitor but, like anonymous at 4:43, I consider the ILEX route to be a sensible alternative if you want to be a lawyer but don’t have a TC lined up before taking the LPC. Reply Link Daniel 22 November 2009 at 10:16 Is the problem the fact that more people are studying law or that the obligatory training contract simply acts as a barrier to well qualified and intelligent people from entering the legal profession? In other industries would a similar arrangement be considered to be a practice which reduces competition? Reply Link Anonymous 23 November 2009 at 18:17 I qualified as a solicitor via the ILEX route (CPE, ILEX and then LPC) and was therefore exempt from undertaking a training contract. The only disadvanatage of this route is that a lot of city firms will not take you on because you haven’t done a TC and thus you will experience some discrimination. Reply Link Anonymous 4 January 2010 at 14:16 ILEX is definitely the way forward, but be warned that (for some bizarre reason) anyone who has passed the LPC is barred from ILEX qualification, and must then struggle to secure a TC if they want to qualify. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.