Mark Pentecost

To be or not to be?

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  • Brilliant article, so refreshing to hear someone with a positive attitude at last!!

    I'm looking for a training contract at the moment, and my brother, who is a solicitor, continuously rings me to inform me of how hopeless the situation is. I find this so frustrating, as like you I don't consider it completely hopeless and think it's a lot better to stay positive and keep going as best you can!

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  • According to those figures, there are roughly 1300 LPC graduates per year who fail to obtain a training contract. Add this to last years LPC graduates, and the year before, the trainees who have been deferred and the firms that have significantly reduced their intakes and the odds don't look so good.

    In contrast to acting, aspiring solicitors have to fork out tens of thousands of pounds just to get to beyond the LPC stage. This is crippling debt- worse so when there is no job at the end!

    Your attempt to bring a positive attitude is welcome, however it is also shadowed by your blase nature. Students need to be positive but also VERY realistic. Too many students do not pause to consider the reality of their chances and this ends them in deep water!

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