Trainee recruitment bucks trend as graduate job market contracts

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  • Still too early

    Although law firms are saying that it's business as usual I personally think it's too early to say what impact the recession will have on trainee recruitment. It's one thing advertising for 50 training contract vacancies but another making 50 job offers - we will just have to wait till September to get a better picture of what will happen to graduate jobs in the legal sector.

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  • Trainee

    Sadly, I have been asked to defer my training contract for next year so this article may be slightly wrong!

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  • The Crystal Ball of Law

    I am fortunate enough to have secured a training contract but I still feel the advanced recruitment system is flawed. It is nonsense to predict how much junior personnel you may need in the future at a time when your business is booming; equally it is also nonsense to cut recruitment during recession which may handicap your firm when things pick up in the future. The result is a half-way house which may give a few too many training contracts some years and not enough in others.

    The application window should completely shut on January 31st, followed by vac schemes for the favourites in Easter, followed by a second set of vac schemes in July for reserve candidates, with the TC interviews in August for commencement in October. At least this way, the system would be more sensitive to economic conditions. Furthermore, graduates who miss out during their first round of applications can still secure a training contract to commence in the near future as opposed to having to work in inane paralegal roles for a few years after the LPC.

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  • Summer Vacation Placements

    I understand that the Summer Vacation Placements are a good reflection of the likely trainee recruitments in July-Sept 2009. It appears that summer placement positions have reduced substantially, so that even Oxbridge grads with high 2.1's and excellent international credentials are unable to find vacation placements.........

    should foreign legal grads in Oxbridge law programs be worried ??



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  • Calm down

    To Anonymous @ 21:51 (in other words the foreign legal grad in an Oxbridge law program). The current economic climate will make it more difficult to secure a training contract, obviously. But an intelligent, well-rounded individual with a bit of spark and good grades at a decent University will always get a training contract. There's always a market for clever people who want to go ino law. It's just a question of organisation and selling yourself well at interview. Don't be put off by all the bitter whingeing and complaining by people looking for excuses.

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