Tutor warns students against making snap career decisions

A Legal Practice Course (LPC) director has hit out at TLT for offering training contracts to students ahead of the 1 September deadline and giving them one week to decide.

Bristol-based TLT made seven offers to applicants from its four week-long Easter and summer vacation schemes and gave each of them just seven days to make their decisions compared to the recommended four weeks.

But City University’s LPC director Gillian Woodworth has warned students not to make any “snap decisions” because it may ruin their future career.

She said: “If an employer only allows a week to decide and it is the right decision for the student, they could accept immediately. If they hesitate, then some instinct may be telling them that that employer may not be the best one for them.”

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has a voluntary code, which states law firms should only make offers to penultimate year students after 1 September and give them four weeks to make a decision.

Woodworth added, “I tell students that they have to be happy going into work each day; they should ask themselves if this is an employer they actively want to work for; they should remember that they also have a choice whether or not to accept any offer of employment that is made.”

TLT’s HR director Graham de Guise said the firm had opted out of the voluntary code and defended the move as a way of securing the “best possible candidates”.

The news comes after TLT became the latest firm to announce that it will be retaining 100 per cent of its newly qualified solicitors this year.