And on they Roweth

Your reader Robert J Roweth is concerned about the fact that he will have to compete for a training contract with people who did not show proper commitment to the law by studying it as a first degree (Letters, June 9). As far as I know, people deciding on their first degree subject are at an age when the law itself, with good reason, does not yet trust them to make important choices such as voting in an election or getting married.

So why rate this decision higher than the decision of a mature person to give up his or her career, go back to being a student and pay a lot of money for the privilege? This requires rather more dedication, I should think. Maybe Mr Roweth will find that the reason why he has to compete so hard with these late converts to the law, is that firms actually value their non-legal experience – and their commitment.

Anja Siebel