GLS to candidates: It’s recruitment as usual

The Government Legal Service (GLS) has overhauled its graduate recruitment process and moved to reassure potential candidates that it has no plans to cancel its training programme despite the gigantic budget deficit.

The GLS will be introducing a situational judgement test when it reopens its trainee solicitor and pupil barrister recruitment programme at midday on Thursday (1 July). The new online test is to replace a written question in which applicants had to write legal advice for a Government minister. Candidates who pass the situational judgement test will then be invited to complete an online verbal reasoning test and if successful will be asked to attend an assessment centre lasting half a day.

GLS secretariat Doug Walters told Lawyer2B.com that he did not want candidates to think that the GLS was cancelling its trainee recruitment programme as a result of the Governments plans to cut public spending. “The Government has ring-fenced the GLS recruitment programme as it’s widely believed that it plays an important role in attracting fresh talent into Government,” he added.

In contrast to the GLS the Crown Prosecution Service’s trainee recruitment programme is currently on hold, as reported by Lawyer2B.com in April (read more).

The GLS has between 18-22 vacancies starting in 2012 including approximately nine spots for pupil barristers. In addition to paying course fees it also pays a £7,600 maintenance grant to future trainees/pupils.