GRADUATES / NOV. 03, 2016
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Get Ahead of the Pack: How to Secure a Trainee Law Contract in the UK

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Let’s face facts; gaining a law degree will not guarantee you a training contract with a law firm. For better or worse, the job market is too competitive for that – and, for newly qualified would-be solicitors, that certainly feels like it’s for the worse. However, if you’re looking to kick-off your career right now you certainly shouldn’t despair.  

Sure, those smiley-faced trainees and glossy brochures you may have encountered at campus events and law fairs may have tried to sell you a positive hiring culture, but they weren’t trying to sell you a complete lie. If you’re bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and believe you’ll merely walk into a training contract, you’ll likely be sorely disappointed; but contracts are out there to be found and won.

A Tough Time For Lawyers

As we all know, the UK has been through a very challenging economic climate. And that’s taken its toll on the legal market – it’s the main the reason why the number of training contracts on offer has fluctuated during the last few years. And yet, there’s definitely reason for optimism. For it’s not just the economy and business demand that will make the difference in you finding a contract and getting hired; it’s also how you approach the whole process.

Take Advantage of Digital Resources

So if for instance, you’re looking for newly qualified solicitor jobs in London, you should definitely take advantage of the latest digital resources; you can be sure London legal recruiters are using social media platforms and dedicated recruitment-based websites like Pro-Recruitment to advertise their trainee contracts.

More Rounded Job Candidates

Moreover, you ought to be aware that, given it’s very much an employer’s market right now, a good number of the firms out there are on the look for well rounded individuals. Thus, your chances of landing that great contract will be improved by not forgetting – and developing – your interests outside your studies and prospective career. In short, don’t just be focused on law to the detriment of everything else.

Work experience outside law is often looked on as relevant; you should be able to express how you can draw on skills from different jobs and sources that are transferable to a position with a firm. It’s all about improving your chances and being proactive, switched on and savvy. It’s competitive out there, so make sure you’re competitive – you’ve got to be in it to win it!

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