Norton Rose trainee joins overseas office after work permit fiasco

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  • I am sorry but why does Norton Rose or any other law firm feel the need to offer TCs to overseas graduates when there are so many of us already living in the UK who cannot find one. I have a 2:1 LLB and Commendation in the LPC and still can't get an interview!

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  • Did you go to a rubbish school? maybe these trainees went to a redbrick or/and have a first! Therefore, maybe a bit more capable..

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  • Don't be stupid...no school is rubbish!!! I bet you already have a TCs thus the comment!

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  • Perhaps you attended one of those "new" universities; apparently, there are institutes of higher education in this country beyond oxford and cambridge. Why one would chose to attend one of these i do not know, but i suppose that the old boys in the city must be just as surprised as me when they see an applicant from a "university of birmingham" or some other place more frequently associated as the location of one of grandpapa's factories than with legal education. Yet this is supposedly changing and "solicitors" are implementing a "diversity scheme" to encourage applicants from all areas. Perhaps you should inquire whether the firms you wish to apply to have such schemes?

    Fortunatley, at the Bar such schemes are mere fronts and my set - like any other that is worth their salt - takes only blue-blood oxbridge chaps (although i hear some have started admitting women) and only from real colleges. We try to branch out though and even had an interview with a strapping northern lad from a "sidney sussex" college, but helas he was just not up to snuff. When probed about past-times he revealed that he didn't know what a pelham bit was and thought that a chukka was a type of indian delicacy... we can't have that now can we. However i am sure he will make a fantastic "solicitor", just not a proper lawyer.

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  • The application process for training contracts is such that, even if you have the right qualifications, potentially great solicitors slip through the net. It all seems to rest on whether the interviewer likes you, and the variety of extra-curricular activities you have taken part in. Still, I suppose that there are so many students now with the right grades - especially as it seems to make no difference whether you have studied for a law degree or not.

    With an abundance of talented potential solicitors, it is difficult to see why so many are employed from overseas, and not even to work in the overseas offices. Although I think it important to give people from abroad the opportunity to win a training contract, students who have studied in the UK should definitely be prioritised.

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