James Savelli-Holt, former College of Law student

Not just about the vac schemes

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  • If you cant see a light at the end of the tunnel....get out and switch it on!!!

    Yes the current market for trainee solicitors is absolutly shocking....not helped by the fact that the vast majority of city firms implement snobbery and class prejudice in huge volumes!!!!

    Nothing is impossible....if you want it bad enough....spending more time on applications can only do so much and it certainly isnt going to help if you have got nothing new to add to them each time you are applying!!

    Didnt get onto a vac scheme? have you written to your local high street firm? have you tried in- house? have you tried getting experience within an environment that has clearly transferrable skills?

    We've got to face up to reality- getting a 2:1 degree, completing the LPC and learning a bit of law jargon just isnt gong to get you a training contract (not unless you went to the top 5 uni's and your daddy works in the city)

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  • "not helped by the fact that the vast majority of city firms implement snobbery and class prejudice in huge volumes!!!!"

    "not unless you went to the top 5 uni's and your daddy works in the city"

    Absolutely infuriating comments. Face facts, if your good enough, you'll get in, simple.

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  • Regardless as to the whole class issue, the way things are at the moment, the legal industry is going to lose a lot of talent. Thus Infuriation's comments will not ring completely true as a lot of able lawyers won't ever get training contracts.

    This happened previously in 1991 with the last serious economic downturn and the whole situation is completely out of our control bar boosting up the CV and doing what we can to get relevant legal experience. Yes it is tough and a lot of us will just have to ride it out, bar of course the well connected ;-)

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