Firm reveals 500 to 1 chance of landing a training contract

A small Manchester-based law firm has received more than 1,000 applications for just two trainee positions, highlighting the continued disparity between the number of Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduates and training contract availability.

Berg Legal, which specialises in commercial work, is recruiting the new trainee solicitors to start work at the firm in September 2012.

Managing partner Alison Loveday said: “In line with other areas of the economy, the legal sector is overburdened with talented people without jobs.

“So while we are heartened by how many quality law graduates want to work here, we also recognise it reflects the current state of the market.”

The firm, that has a total headcount of just 41, offered successful candidates the chance to experience seats in corporate, property, litigation and employment.

The news follows the latest Law Society annual statistical report, which revealed that the number of registered training contracts rose to 5,441 in 2010-11 (3 May 2012).

However, last year it was predicted that the number of LPC graduates would rise by 5 per cent, from 14,510 up to 15,155 between 2009-10 and 2010-11 (5 April 2011).