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Eversheds to offer condensed LPC and training contract

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  • The Sheds already has some of the weakest NQ's in the City. I guess it the regions it probably matters less anyway but if you end up taking this TC, most other city firms wont be touching you if you decide that Eversheds is too much high volume, low quality etc.

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  • The comment above is very pompous – I’m not sure it’s possible to determine the “quality” of a diverse group trainees; let alone characterise them as the “weakest in the city”. The comment does reveal something about the author – a degree of professional introspection and (frankly) insecurity. Perhaps a more worthwhile point is that this type of scheme will broaden access to the profession and import a level of focus and practicality that is lacking in the current three year arrangement.

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  • Agree with Paul, either "dude" is trolling for replies or can't really see that people of his ilk are the real scourge of the city. No doubt another over priced idiot looking for a way they can show some "value" to me.

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  • Accountancy firms have been using this approach for years and there is no reason why it should not be used for solicitors. Not a massive fan of the 'Shed, but I do applaud them for taking the initiative on this and for implementing a sensible way of dealing with the debt issues faced by law graduates and trainee solicitors. The "quality" point at 10.34am above is irrelevant - passing the LPC at the same time as completing a training contract will be challenging and trainees will have to be smart and efficient to do both, that said, will be interesting to see what approach Eversheds take to trainees who fail LPC exams.

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  • All firms should be considering this approach!!!

    I'm undertaking my LPC part time(weekends) at the moment and working full time. I would of preferred to already be in my TC but I have to wait until LPC is complete.

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  • any ability to combine practical, hands on experience to make sense of the 'academic' element of training is surely a good thing. My own GDL and LPC, in hindsight, were fairly redundant. the skills I needed as a lawyer were all picked up on the job and not at law school.

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  • The fact that this is a 'pilot' makes me suspect that if any Eversheds trainees do fail the LPC (and frankly I'd be shocked if they did) then they would be given a lot of support and second chances. I agree with the general theme though, GDL and LPC do seem limited compared with what you pick up on the job, however.... I can remember many a transaction where I referred back to LPC training books to give myself an early steer, so they aren't without value.
    This just looks like it's going to bring the whole process more in line with a rebalancing of academia and practicality, in itself no bad thing.

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  • Dude appears to have "small boy in big boy pants" syndrome and probably works for a regional firm with a presence in the City that have the same syndrome, so his comment can pretty much be ignored as irrelevant.
    The common opinion above seems to be that this is a logical, practical approach to the LPC/TC which, at 3 years, is far too long and drawn out. 95% of what students learn on the LPC is not used in practice and the skills needed in the profession (such as dealing with individuals like "Dude" above) are picked up while doing the TC.

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  • I think this new scheme is an excellent idea and agree that more firms should be considering it.
    As a part-time LPC student I know many people who have not wished to undertake the LPC for fear of having a large debt with no promise of a training contract afterwards, this is the kind of encouragement that many students need.

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  • Why not just admit that the LPC would be better if it was taught by City Lawyers?

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