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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.
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.
I am currently the judicial assistant to the master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton. A typical day varies depending on whether we are in court. If we are not in court (usually on Mondays and Fridays), I work on producing a bench memorandum for one of the cases that the master of the rolls is hearing the following week.
A few months ago, I had the unfortunate task of contacting applicants who had not been successful in their applications to attend the CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE student conferences.
The idea of going on secondment as a trainee can mean different things to different people - for some, it conjures up images of cultural experiences in exotic locations. For others, it’s about entering the heart of the client, and working out how best to serve their needs from that vantage point.
This week we are proud to host the 14th annual LCN Training & Recruitment Awards, the purpose of which is to identify and celebrate those organisations that set an example to the legal profession in the way they attract, select and develop their trainees.