Law bucks trend as graduate salaries remain frozen

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  • Didn't the Junior Division of the Law Society say something about this last year?

    Everyone who has been through the process in recent years knows how tough it is to get a TC and the article doesn't address this properly.

    If applications on all grad schemes get on average 70 applicants per place I would bet that for top law firms it is easily double that!

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  • This article does not reflect the difficulty that many students are having securing a training contract. It is concerning that those wanting to embark on a career in law are blinded by the prospect of a high starting salary when the reality is of course that only a small proportion of applicants will actually secure a training contract of this kind.

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  • I'd like to know how they came to the average starting salary for trainees as it's substantially higher than what most trainees will be offered.

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  • Also, don't forget that law is one of the main sectors which has reduced the levels of recruitment when compared to other sectors that have increased recruitment.

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  • Not all trainees earn £35K + (probably most don't), the Law Society sets min trainee salary rates and these are closer to £20k - and thats if you can get one in the first place!

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  • The AGR survey, not only is misleading to prospective law students, it also fails to mention that the salary earned on qualification is comparatively low compared to other professions such as banking, where bonuses often double an employee’s annual income.

    I agree with Lucinda Dore’s observation that this article doesn’t reflect the difficulty that many law students experience in securing a training contract. The Law Society needs to do far more to address this issue. There are far too many outstanding paralegals out there that are taken advantage of by firms who see them a cheap labour source.

    I for one worked for four years as a paralegal for a number of City firms, before finally securing a contract. It was a stressful and financially difficult experience (I am currently in £30k worth of debt as a result) and I would not wish anybody to go through the same experience as I have.

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  • As usual with surveys, the devil is in the detail. It would be intersting to learn the mean starting salary being offered. Use of a median value could be viewed as being somewhat misleading

    A median value does not give any consideration to the number of individuals offered each starting salary value. Only a very small number of candidates receive the median value or higher.

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  • Am I correct in thinking that this refers to the starting salary of a newly qualified solicitor rather than a first seat trainee? If so it's a very london-centric view of the legal market in the UK

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  • Even if this was just concerned with London, it's higher than many trainees will get.

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  • AGR surveys always overstate graduate earnings because they only survey their membership, which is made up of big companies/big law firms etc. These firms/companies tend to pay more than non-AGR members, which distorts the figures greatly.

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