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US firm bosses in spat over billing

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  • Justin Timberlake said it best

    Further to my post at 14:29 on 19/03, it could also be argued that many students in their final year who have not submitted applications by now are perhaps those who are/were sitting on the fence when deciding whether or not to pursue law as a career. Whilst this isn't in itself bad - indeed, some people take longer to decide their career path than others - I don't think the current climate caters for such indecisiveness.

    This time-frame favours those applicants who spend the summer before their final year researching firms and working out what sort of law they wished to pursue. Whilst final year students have always been able to apply up until the late July deadlines, I never understood how any fully committed, bright applicant would leave it so late.

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  • Chesler talks the talk

    Two points: (i) the article does not concern the relative merits of law and non-law students in the practice of law. It is simply a procedural situation brought on by the prohibition on offering second year students a TC before September. If you take anything from it it should be that non-law applications are way up. Perhaps City redundancies and dropping retention rates have not been reported in Modern Languages Monthly or The Geography Journal; (ii) Regarding the relative merits of law and non-law students, law students (at Oxbridge at least) undertake the most work intensive degree under the supervision of the undisputed world experts in the subject (English law). Non-law students go to BPP. (Test: go and ask a non-law student to explain the corporate veil, Clayton's Case, subrogation, renvoi etc etc.)

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  • They seem to agree, actually

    If Slaughters want to miss out on some of the best and brightest trainees, they are going about it the right way. (I'm a non-law gradute, so I may be a little biased)

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  • Fees

    For those taking such extraordinary aggressive views to this article, it may well be worth reading the article again as it has clearly been misread or misunderstood. Attention to detail is clearly a key skill that needs to be honed for some.

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