Fresh hope for aspiring lawyers as training contracts boost by 500+

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  • I'm a 2nd year law student in the midst of the training contract application process. I suppose most people in my position would be supportive of the minimum salary but the availability of training contracts is more important than how much you're getting paid for the first two years of your professional career.Even if half of the 70% of law firms that do not offer training contracts began to take on trainees, it would be worth scrapping the minimum salary.

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  • Have you considered that regardless of the minimum salary for a trainee, there will still be the same amount of jobs available to NQ's... Scrapping the SRA's minimum salary would mean that after 4-5 years of studying, not only will you have to train for the same wage as a shop-assistant, you will then qualify to find that firms are over-training and effectively there are far more NQs than there are jobs. Furthermore, this will limit the access to the profession for people from low-income backgrounds , bearing in mind that the cost of a degree + LPC + possibly GDL are going to be difficult to pay off on just over 6 pounds p/hour.

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  • Alistair Paul, have you ever earned a salary? Do you know how much the minimum salary translates to after tax, loan repayments, rent and bills...I would suggest you have a look at these figures (in the absence of the bank of mum and dad) and think about whether it is realistic/attractive for LPC graduates to live on less than the current minimum salary. Scrapping the minimum wage is not your answer to securing a training contract. Good grades, work experience and knowledge of the market is your way forward. And if you do not have financial backing make sure you are well informed of your chances of securing a training contract before you fork out for the LPC.

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