Training+Contract+Comparison+Tool

Training contract applications rocket as vacancies plummet

  • Print
  • Comments (24)

Readers' comments (24)

  • I feel for graduates these days. I just hope recruiters will not give candidates a hard time in interviews in the future should a candidate not secure a job in the coming months.

    Still there are opportunities out there. That's important.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • To say that the number of applications has 'rocketed' because there are more applications per vacancy is a little dubious, particularly when followed by the stat that vacancies have dropped nearly 20%!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Metallica, I have read several of your comments and hope to gain some insight from you. I remember you writing that you received a 2:2 yet landed a training contract with a city firm. You must have had some extra curricular activities that were miraculous, no? what aside from the academics is really important. Any thoughts are much appreciated.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Cheers Sonisphere! Much appreciated.

    I made clear to the recruiters that my recent work experience was more a reflection of my abilities than my grades obtained years ago.

    My paralegal experience was vital. What I achieved in that time really set me apart and proved my grades should be disregarded.

    People will tell you that you're not good enough. Even in a CV clinic, Ashurts grad recruitment guy said I will never get a TC in the City so i should look elsewhere. Belief in your own ability is important.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • @ anonymous: can you not do maths!?

    19% drop in places and 150% increase in apps per place so how can you say apps havent gone up

    2008: 100 places = 5,200 apps
    2009: 81 places = 10,530 apps

    Apps have, roughly using the stats, doubled. And recruiting hasnt closed yet so its likely theyll have tripled overall

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Maybe the number of applicants per vacancy is so high because most applicants are applying to as many firms as they possibly can ... not because the actual number of law graduates has increased?

    I think that before coming to conclusions, the statistics should be analysed properly.

    If there are not enough training contracts perhaps the SRA should re-consider the training requirements !!!!!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I think the numbers have increased because a lot of people who wanted to go into investment banking, for example, realise that option is not safe. So they are opting for what they perceive is a safe career option - law. The number of people doing the GDL has rocketed, so not surprising the number of TC applications as well.

    I think that's why law grads trying to get TCs do not like non-law grads encroaching on their apparent territory.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • metallica,
    i really commend you for your determination and for getting a tc with a 2:2.
    i'm on track for a 2:1 and hopefully if I pull my socks up next year, I can get a 1st however i really flopped my A-levels & its really holding me back coz most city firms want a minimum of 3 B's.
    i really need your advice, what can i do to prove that i'm a worthy candidate?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • "2008: 100 places = 5,200 apps
    2009: 81 places = 10,530 apps"

    Those numbers are a bit dubious given that even the biggest and most well known firms only ever received a maximum of two thousand applications in the last few years.

    It would be much more useful if every firm published how many applications they've received.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • On the subject of the maths, I think if one were to say “The number of applications per training contract position has rocketed by X per cent this year” the reader would assume a multiplicative increase. If last year it was 52 and this year is was 130, then the increase is 250% (52 by 2.5 equal 130). Since 130 minus 52 is 78, one could say that “The number of applications per training contract position has rocketed from last years total, to last years total plus an additional 150% this year.” But only a lawyer would say something as convoluted as that.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

View results 10 per page | 20 per page | 50 per page

Have your say

Mandatory Required Fields

Mandatory
  • Print
  • Comments (24)
Training+contract+comparison+tool

law+school+comparison+tool