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My path to law began with a yes. I got into the law school I wanted to go to! I moved to London from America to start school and I was excited about the adventure of living in London. However, my excitement was short-lived, as I realised how much work was involved, and even more short-lived because after that yes came many more no’s.
The battle to ensure equality of opportunity and diversity across the legal profession is still being fought. A huge range of people – including those who went to state schools, those who are from a black or minority ethnic background, those with disabilities and those who are LGBT – still face unfair, illogical barriers to their career ambitions in a profession which has traditionally hired white, male, privately educated candidates in overwhelmingly disproportionate numbers.
Competition for training contracts is at an all-time high. In its Winter 2015 graduate recruitment survey, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported that law firms receive 42 applications for every training contract vacancy they advertise.
On 19 May this year, LawCareers.Net will be hosting the 13th annual Training & Recruitment Awards at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the City of London. The purpose of the awards is to identify and celebrate those organisations who set an example to the legal profession in the way they attract, select and develop trainee solicitors.
Before starting the LPC at BPP Holborn, I spoke to many people about their experiences on the LPC so I could brace myself for what was to come. After doing my research, I was left with mixed emotions.
Aspiring solicitors will receive tons of hints and tips on how to secure a vacation scheme and/or a training contract, the sheer volume of which can be overwhelming.