Lack of training contract fails to deter students

By Joanne Harris

MOST law students who fail to get a training contract are determined to keep trying, the Law Society has found.

A study of LPC students who completed the course in recent years found that 20 per cent passed the course, but did not secure a training contract. In an average year around 8,600 students sit the LPC exams across England and Wales.

Of those without training contracts, 72 per cent are currently working in a legal environment and 75 per cent are still hoping to find training contracts with law firms.

The majority of law students without training contracts two-thirds of the total are working as paralegals, which can sometimes act as a stepping-stone to a training contract.

Forty per cent of students working in a legal environment are working in small law firms with four or fewer partners. Another third have found employment in high street practices.

Less than a quarter of students without training contracts who have legal work are employed by City firms, the study found.

The survey was commissioned by the Law Societys Regulation Board, which is now responsible for governing education and training for the solicitors profession and will be known as the Solicitors Regulation Authority from 1 January 2007.