Training contracts still available, claim graduate recruiters

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  • I think it does more harm than good if you're thinking of applying about 2 weeks before the deadline.

    Law firms receive a large portion, probably 50%, of their applications in the month before the deadline. So recruiters will be more ruthless when going through them. They simply won't have the time to read the huge volumes of applications thoroughly.

    Better to consolidate now, get some work experience and start working on applications from November for firms whose deadlines are next July. And get the application in for about April when recruiters may be able to invest that extra 15 mins reading it which could make all the difference.

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  • Geldards cancelled their 2011 recruitment.

    Not all firms recruit two years in advance, there'll be quite a few coming up next for a year in advance.

    The market's tough but there are opportunities out there, more than one person has got a training contract a few years after the LPC.

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  • Quote: "Quinton-Jones warned students that by delaying applying for training contracts by a year they are adding another two years to the qualification process."

    So what? If you're young and you can fill the time productively then why not hold off applying? At least the competition will have died a little by the next round and hopefully there will be more places available in response to economic recovery. (Cue; "no there won't because those deferred will fill them." Well, perhaps a mini-boom will result in more work than even the pre-recession "stable" capacity could cope with thus resulting in additional places becoming available.)

    Comments such as the above make it seem as if you're facing disaster if you miss the boat once. I think people should be weary of totally demoralising themselves by investing hours in an application only to be rejected at a time when even great candidates won't get through.

    If firms want to truly encourage applicants then for God's sake, scrap the two-year system and recruit six months ahead in tune with prevailing conditions.

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  • Thank goodness! Finally a sensible response to the situation! I totally agree with a refined 6 month process, and would be an advocate of banning ridiculously long winded application forms, if you're going to be asked to attend a grueling day long 'interview/presentation/testing/team building' assessment day as well, what help can answering 200 words on the changes in the legal climate really be to recruiters? I'm sure they have other ways they sift the bunch, and many never get read, despite our hours of crafting beautiful, intelligent responses to inane questions.

    I am sure I am going to enjoy the slightly extended period of qualification, I will make the most of gaining valuable industry experience, and enjoying my twenties! What I do object to is how in this climate firms are expecting people to undertake unpaid internships (generally the people who will feel compelled to take this route will have self funded the GDL and/or LPC and be debt ridden like moi!) which I feel is taking advantage of the fear culture which sets in if you don't secure funding before completion of the academic stage.

    My advice for everyone is, be brave, confident and ambitious - these are the qualities which will make you a good lawyer in the future, and don't give up yet, otherwise all those hours of study will have been in vain!

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  • Metallica, I hear what you're saying, but I don't think people should necessarily be discouraged from applying just before the deadline.

    It is true that the recruiter won't have as good a chance to take a look at you, but if you're a strong candidate with good results and work experience already I doubt they'd turn you down just because of the volume of other applications. Whilst it's wiser to apply far in advance, I don't think people who stand a strong chance at getting a training contract should be put off applying to some firms just before the deadline. To use the quote above in a slightly different context "you've got to be in it to win it."

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  • I'd love to know what exactly the elusive 'strong candidate' looks like, maybe a recruiter could give us a few examples.

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  • i did an application.......got rejected.....changed my university and contact details......re-submitted the same application....got accepted albeit with a false name and university....but i guess at least they are 'still recruiting'

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  • Thanks for your comment Chill WInston!
    Why can't they just recruit like everyone else? LPC year is no good reason why they do it 2 years in advance.

    This system doesn't make sense at all!

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