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Training contract numbers fall to lowest level since 1998

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  • Still too many, compared to the number of training contracts available.

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  • How many LPC places were given in 2012? I believe the law schools shouldnt be letting as many students study with them without a training contract. It's creating a massive bottle neck and students are the ones to suffer having to pay off large loans on low paralegal wages and rising living costs with little chances of getting a training contract.

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  • Interesting information on ethnic minorities. I could only find the statistics for England, but approx 11% of the population would be categorised as BAME.

    According to this article 13% of solicitors are BAME and nearly a quarter of training contracts go to people within the scope of BAME. So the legal profession has a higher proportion of BAME people than society.

    The objective was always to make the profession representative of society. Maybe our energy should be directed away from measures at trainee level and towards making partnership more representative.

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  • Fair point, but no one is forcing people to take the LPC. Until enough people realise that taking it does not increase the chances of getting a training contract, and that there is an oversupply of applicants to training contract places, tbe status quo will persist. If people were sensible enough to only take the LPC when they had a training contract, then the issue of debt would be much reduced. It really is not rocket science...

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  • There are many people who have law degrees that choose to have successful careers in other fields. Not all law students study law with the intention of becoming a lawyer. I wonder how many politics students intend on becoming politicians….

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  • The Law Society should be lobbying for a statutory limit on the number of LPC places.

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  • I agree that the number of LPC places should be restricted. There are too many LPC places (the position is the same with the Bar) and students may be warned that the number of training contracts is low, but most will still think that they will be successful in getting one. Restricting the numbers at LPC level (not law degree as that has many other options) will help many who pay out huge fees only to gain a paralegal position with a very low income. Two of my past jobs have involved working with many stuck in this position and then the firms they dedicate themselves to as successful paralegals still don't offer them training contracts. I have seen many who have been trapped in this position then go onto Legal Executive training, sometimes at their own expense in addition to paying back loans for the LPC.

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  • I'm sure BPP/UofL would cooperate to fairly split up how many LPC places they offered to make sure it was fair

    Don't see why we should arbitrarily limit the number of LPC places, but I do think LPC providers should be required to interview to a standard set by the Law Society and there should be a bit more transparency as to which law schools help students looking for a career in law convert GDL/LPC places into training contracts (for those who start studying without one).

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  • I do not agree with arbitrary limits for LPC places. Had LPC places been limited then I am pretty sure I wouldn't have been accepted, as I have a major hole in my CV. Perhaps more should be done to emphasise the strength of competition and the real risk that you might end up an LPC graduate who never secures a training contract but at the end of the day it is up to the student to take the risk. I took it on, and it took me 2 application rounds to get a training contract. I realised my weaknesses and made efforts to cancel them out, I networked hard to gain experience and in the end got a training contract with a top 10 firm - a firm way more prestigious than I was actually aiming for.

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  • @Anonymous | 22-May-2013 12:31 pm - Wrong, the real objective of "diversity" has always been to attack white male hetrosexuals and reduce their share of jobs. Nothing else.

    I wonder when we will see Chinese companies targeting reducing the number of able bodied male hetrosexual Chinese in their workforces? Ditto Japan and South Korea.

    It's all about divide-and-rule, and attacking the group which is the biggest threat.

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