JLD demands end to unpaid legal placements

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  • Whilst work experience whilst at school or undergraduate level is invaluable experience that can make a real difference when applying for training contracts.

    A clear line must be drawn however, between these short term mutually beneficial experiences and longer periods of unpaid work once someone has completed or LPC or even qualified. These are unacceptable and show firms willingness to exploit their employees/future employees due to the tough competition for jobs.

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  • The JLD does not support firms that offer unpaid work experience that is used to dangle the carrot of a potential training contract. To ensure access to our profession for all on a level playing field work experience should be paid and structured to ensure the 'work experience' is one that encourages students to positively consider a career in law.

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  • A stop has to be put to firms that are taking advantage of those who are keen and enthusiastic. It is an irony that those who are hardworking, keen, dedicated and would be willing to work for free in an attempt to secure a career in law... are the ones who are worth their weight in gold to firms.

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  • I do agree with your comments. Some firms or companies may make comparisons to the practices that other industries have in using unpaid interns. If you want to work in tv, radio, journalism, music or even advertising long periods of unpaid internships are the norm.

    There is the argument that law school graduates will have a lot more financial liabilities possibly than these other types of interns

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  • I am a student about to begin my first year of law at university. I think that one must not generalise or seek to overprotect law students as this would only discourage law firms from offering such placements. I do however feel that there is a very fine line between beneficial placements and exploitation and that regulations should be enforced limiting the time of unpaid placements.

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  • I am a student about to begin my first year at university. I think that one should not seek to be overprotective of students as this could discourage law firms from offering these very beneficial placements altogether. However I think that the fine line between valuable legal placements and exploitation should be highlighted and regulations should be enforced limiting the length of unpaid work placements.

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  • Have a look at what's happening in Northern Ireland if you think this is bad.

    In NI, over the last few years it has now become the norm that around ten to twenty of the one hundred and fifty trainees annually are paid while the rest willingly work for free during the entire duration of the two year training period.

    Firms have also proven to be quite skillful in how they circumvent the Law Society's minimum payment requirements by making it seem as if the trainees are being paid. There have been rumours of an investigation by the Law Society of NI but nothing particularly concrete has emerged.

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  • If there are firms who "employ" people long term on an unpaid basis, then clearly that's unfair.

    However, people on work experience often create more work than the benefit gained from having them there. Even law students have few skills which are genuinely useful to a busy practice. They need so much hand-holding that it's sometimes difficult to understand why the firm bothers. If they then start whingeing about not being paid, I can see many firms deciding not to bother offering work experience at all. Then see how that affects people's ability to bolster their CVs.

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  • Everything you do and the worth you place on an individual is a seed that will definitely multiply back to you.

    It is the premium you place on an individual and what he has invested in himself in becoming a lawyer that shows real character.

    I do not know of any Lawyer that "magically" came out of his mother's womb and started expounding the intricate and complex aspects of the law;

    Some people go out of their way to help others less privileged and by virtue of a higher law keep achieving prosperity beyond their own imagination.

    It is a guaranteed law of wealth and prosperity.

    To the Trainee Solicitor that has applied for 150 contracts and not recieved any answer and was told that maybe law is not his field.

    I SAY KEEP YOUR DREAM AND VISION ALIVE OF BEING A LAWYER,SOMEONE WILL SEE IT WITH YOU, A HELPER OF DESTINY.

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  • I am Advocate having standing of almost 4 years.
    I am very much aware of these kind of exploitation which faced by the Young/Junior Lawyers.
    I strongly condemn and utter my voice for the help of young lawyers.
    Even in every professional field like doctors and engineers there is concept of internship allowance/stypend then why it is not in the field of law.
    I have already written certain articles on it and also agitated this point before certain forums. Please DO something for it globally.

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