Law bucks industry trends as grad vacancies rise

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  • Highly competitive just got much, much harder

    More news that the likelihood of me ever getting a training contract is a far flung dream. Given that my careers advisor told me last year that investment banking was the hardest industry to get into, closely followed by law there's an even greater possibility that the GDL incomers will diminish the LLB's value.

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  • paralegalling

    Why is a year spent paralegalling potentially detrimental to your CV? I thought this was a great way of getting legal exposure, a bit of money, and fills up a gap year perfectly. Am I wrong?

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  • Where do these facts come from?

    How is the median salary for a law graduate as a trainee £37,000??? Of the top 50 law firms, only about 15 maximum pay over £37,000. Most of them are way down from that. And if you include figures from outside of London the figure is half of that again! I don't know where this rubbish statistic has come from but I have seen it bandied about like it was god given fact. It's not. It's rubbish.

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  • "Paralegalling"

    I presume that Shutter's point is that your training contract should be what gives you the legal experience/training you require pre-qualification. Hence, if you already have a training contract your time could be better spent in a job that will give you skills that cannot be gained working as a paralegal.

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  • Current Enraged Paralegal

    I'm in the fortunate position to have secured a training contract in 2007 before the number of applicants shot up considerably. Having worked as a paralegal in an MC firm since June whilst waiting to start my TC I can say with some confidence that such work is great preparation for any training contract, at a similar sized firm or otherwise. I imagine that the level of responsibility varies from firm to firm, but as a paralegal I've had exposure to high-profile deals, had input at meetings, dealt with clients and handled some drafting. It also gives you an insight into the politics of the office environment and how to treat (and not to treat) your colleagues.


    Granted these are all things I'll be doing when I start my TC in September but I fail to see how it can be described as 'counter-productive'? Shutter also fails to take into account the financial benefits of paralegalling. Having left both Uni and law school with considerable debt and an big dent in my overdraft, the £25k salary is certainly a lot more welcome than however much you could scape together 'learning a language'!

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  • In reply to Jobless Candidate

    Not quite sure how the GDL diminishes the LLB. Remember, you (usually) have to complete a degree before you can take the GDL (it's for graduates, after all). If you've been unsuccessful so far, perhaps you're aiming at the wrong sort of firms.

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  • Paralegal work

    "But Shutter claimed that taking a job as a paralegal was counterproductive to students’ career aspirations and instead suggested they spend their time brushing up on skills that would help them in the future." What absolute nonsense, who can afford to do things like that after coming straight out of uni? Paralegal work is a way to show a real commitment to law, get some money and a good way to show you have the abilities to be a trainee. It can also give you an insight into what sort of firm you want to train with, quite important so you don't end up stuck in a sweatshop style firm.

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  • Short term thinking

    Perhaps the hoardes applying for training contracts might want to read the other news articles and think about their long term prospects in the profession.

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  • Shutter is talking nonsense!

    Shutter clearly hasn't got a clue about the role of a paralegal. Having completed electives on the LPC in Employment, Commercial Law and Private Acquisitions, I'm now working as a paralegal (before starting my training contract in March 2010) in the corporate department of a top 5 firm. Since starting I have handled every single corporate transaction possible and attended internal and external firm training on corporate law. Given that I'm going to a firm which has a corporate department, would Shutter consider the work I've done since leaving Law College 'counter-productive' given that I now understand and have experience of a far broader range of legal transactions??????

    Maybe I should have dismissed the huge amount of debt I'm in, decided to have no exposure to law for a year (potentially forgetting everything I learnt in my law degree and on the LPC) and taken myself off to learn a language??? I think not.

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  • Sour Grapes!

    I wonder why the majority of people who complain about the GDL and LPC = LLB are those who currently don't have training contracts? Sour Grapes? If you're a competent enough candidate, with good grades who performs well at interview you'll get a TC regardless of the route you took. The fact of the matter is (as with the majority of graduate careers) some people just won't make the grade, and it'll have nothing to do with the tedious GDL v under-grad law debate!

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