65 students chasing each training contract vacancy

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  • Given that this is no surprise to anyone it seems your decision to allow the College of Law to whinge about the alleged lack of LPC students something of a mistake I think.

    Every student or graduate is very aware of how difficult it is to secure a training contract. Why didn't you?

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  • Only 65? I applied for pupillage at a set that had *371* applications for 2 pupillages. Most sets get at least 100 applications per pupillage available. And that's with applicants limited to 12 applications through the online system.

    What these figures don't tell you is how many applications each applicant makes on average. If each applicant makes 30 TC applications, 50% of them will get jobs on average. It doesn't mean there's one TC per 65 applicants.

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  • @Beth

    No, but it does mean that 65 people apply for each position. So your likelihood of securing the TC is 1/65 or less.

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  • @TWP, your likelihood of securing any particular TC at any particular firm is 1/65. Your likelihood of securing a training contract is more like n/65 where n is the number of applications you make.

    The 1/65 is about applications, not unique applicants.

    In other words, if each applicant made 65 applications, this would imply there were 65 applicants for 65 positions and everyone would get a TC. If, as I suspect is likely, applicants make 20-30 applications each (on average), then the overall odds are more like 1/2 or 1/3. Still much better than pupillages where there are c. 3,000 unique applicants for c 350 pupillages!

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  • I read with interest the comments made to this article. As the person responsible for interviewing trainees at my firm, the biggest problem I find with applications is that too many potential trainees shoot themselves in the foot by sending covering letters that are obviously doing the rounds at several hundreds if not thousands of firms - and the prime example is the individuals on this article working out percentages.

    Spend a little time researching the firm you are applying to, spend sometime personalising your application form, show some interest in the firm - dont just send CV's and covering letters as if they have been copied many times. Reduce the amount you send out and instead concentrate on individualising your application(quality not quantity shoud be your motto) - it works, believe me I know.

    And for some of you that are still at the early stages of your LPC or Law Degree, get out there and do some legal work experience in your summer vacations, as employers this means a great deal to us - indeed on several occassions we have offered training contracts to individuals that have impressed on summer vacation experience.

    Savas Argirou
    Managing Director
    Savas & Savage Solicitors

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  • It's time to boost your contacts. Even with a third or worse many opportunities are available with insider smooching! Good luck.

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