Trainees Quiz Legal Chiefs amid Concern over Jobs; Law Society Advises 'Long Hard Think'

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Trainees Quiz Legal Chiefs amid Concern over Jobs; Law Society Advises 'Long Hard Think'


Byline: BEN SCHOFIELD

JUNIOR lawyers worried about their next career steps had a crisis meeting with senior industry figures last week.

They are concerned the bleak economic outlook and an increase in graduates means getting a job is harder than ever.

After leaving university and law school, many budding lawyers are shouldering debts of up to pounds 30,000.

The city trainees quizzed a panel at an event hosted by Brabners Chaffe Street on Wednesday.

The meeting came after the national Law Society issued advice to students thinking about a career in law to "think long and hard" about the commitment getting a job now takes.

It said last year more than 1,000 people who completed the Legal Practice Course did not get training contracts.

Liverpool Law Society president Charlie Jones spoke at the Brabners event.

Afterwards he told LDP Legal: "The main concerns from university students are 'is there a worthy career in law at the moment?'. People at Chester are concerned because they can't get training contracts and people in training contracts are concerned if there will be jobs at the end.

"In 2008, 7,000 people qualified and it's apparent that there were only 6,000 training contracts. So what's the point in going through this pretty tough training process to achieve something when it's only going to be survival of the fittest at the end? "We also discussed whether it was worth trying the slower route to being a lawyer and coming in as a legal executive and doing night school."

In a statement last week, the Law Society announced it is launching an information campaign to tell students about the risks and huge time and cost investment pursuing a legal career can involve. …

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