Students choose their training contracts for morals, not money

Students think morals and ethics are more important than money when applying to law firms for training contracts, according to new research.

The survey, commissioned by Yorkshire firm McCormicks, took an in-depth look at the attitudes of 30 students towards training and recruitment.

More than 25 per cent of those surveyed said that quality was another important factor to consider when choosing which law firm to apply to.

Worries over long-hours cultures, the prospect of unapproachable partners locked in “ivory towers” and demanding academic standards also influenced students’ career decisions. The survey concluded that students today want to find a firm with a “human face, an ethos they can identify with and clear training schemes that give as wide experience as possible.”

Mark Burns, the partner in charge of graduate recruitment at McCormicks, said the study had been launched to find out if the firm’s current approach to recruitment is in line with student expectations.

He said: “The results did away with the stereotype that all students are after is a highly-paid job in a big London firm. It seems that so long as you get your strategies right, then you can successfully attract the best candidates.”