Editor’s weekly: Against all odds?

Hooray! The Spring 2009 issue of Lawyer 2B is out now and I’ve gone to Mexico to celebrate. So if you haven’t gone and grabbed your copy head down to your law faculty or careers services immediately.

As always, we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you yet another bumper issue packed with everything you need to know about securing your dream job in law. And with the market for trainee solicitors looking increasingly shaky it’s going to prove more helpful than ever before.

Our lead feature is an interview with the Attorney General Baroness Scotland about her journey from a black working class background to the highest legal job in the land. So if you still believe that skin colour is a barrier to breaking into the legal profession, think again.

Another minority group that is often neglected by law firm recruitment teams are students with disabilities. Nonetheless, my colleague Corinne McPartland caught up with a number of lawyers who have overcome their disabilities to create successful careers for themselves.

We also investigate paralegal courses in the Spring issue. As competition for training contract places intensifies a number of you have decided to try your hand at paralegalling. The problem is that such opportunities are also drying up. Consequently, in a desperate bid to make yourself more marketable some of you are forking out cash to attend paralegal courses. Though as we reveal, some courses are worthwhile but many are daylight robbery. So make sure you tread carefully.

Meanwhile, if you’re still undecided on which LPC provider to go with check out our article on the new-look courses that have been announced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Legal education is going to change dramatically from September 2009 – let us help you to stay on top of it.

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