After spending his 20s as an actor, rising to fame in Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing (see below), Chris Parker decided he wanted to get serious and become a lawyer....
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The other day I had a coffee with the guy who many of the top law firms bank with, Barclays head of professional services Tom Wood.
As we sipped our expensive cappuccinos, while inwardly thanking our lucky stars that we'd been born ten years later than the current cohort of graduates being spluttered out of universities into a barren job market, Wood made a really good point:
"It’s strange that law schools don’t teach students about the legal market,” he remarked.
"Because with the lack of jobs, and all the changes taking place with Alternative Business Structures (ABS), it would be really useful for them to know more than many do at present."
It’s so true! Most law students’ knowledge of the rapidly changing legal market they hope to join is gleaned from the generalist musings of often-incompetent law school careers advisors, or the sort of PR-laden garbage churned out by many legal publications. They don’t need to know loads, just a few important basics. And the starting point is that right now there are basically four different types of law firm – and two of those are fast-heading for extinction...
As he outlined in his blog post yesterday, College of Law GDL student Simeon Klein (pictured below, right) is ready to take a risk and be creative in his bid to get a foot on the legal ladder. But #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast hosts Kevin Poulter (pictured left) and Alex Aldridge aren't so sure about Klein's idea of getting someone to interview him, then posting it on YouTube and hawking it around to law firms via Twitter...
College of Law GDL student Simeon Klein is tempted to take a risk and be creative in his bid to steal a march on the training contract competition.
A two-minute trawl through law student forums like thestudentroom.co.uk yields ample horror stories of hopefuls applying to 60+ firms to no avail. In such a competitive market, it’s no wonder that law students are constantly being encouraged to take on a myriad of extracurricular activities and snap up any legal work that comes their way.
But does this sort of thing actually get you anywhere when everyone’s doing it?
Earlier this week, a City lawyer told me that his firm had experienced a "surge" in unsolicited CVs and job-seeking emails from law graduates. He and his colleagues had received "far more than in previous years", he explained.
A quick call around other law firms confirmed that this surge is being felt across the City, with lawyers suggesting that it is linked to the current trend for graduates to take to the street and hustle for a job (as documented liberally in the Evening Standard of late).
Congratulations to Dave Rowntree, the drummer from Blur, who has qualified as a solicitor today. Famous band mates Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James were said to be reeling with jealousy as the news was reported by Rowntree (pictured below, far right) on Twitter.
"I am happy to say that after 5 years work, I qualify as a solicitor today," tweeted Rowntree this morning. "Thanks very much to everyone who has helped along the way!"
Members of the public also found themselves looking on enviously at Rowntree's success at finally casting off the shackles of life as a rockstar, with one tweeting...
Earlier this year I got a training contract at a small, reputable firm in Buckinghamshire after meeting the person responsible for recruiting me on Twitter, writes The Training Contract Hawk.
The firm, like many others, is looking to expand and give substance to its online profile. And that’s why my experience as a blogger became relevant.
My use of social media made me an attractive candidate so I made an application to the firm – three competitive recruitment stages later, I was offered the job...
Bruce Mangeon-Fairweather, 26, had denied the charges, claiming that he was the victim of a plot to “ruin” his fledgling legal career. But on Friday the presiding judge at the DLA rookie’s trial described his story as “inherently improbable”. The conviction is likely to have “profound consequences” for Mangeon-Fairweather's future as a lawyer.
What chance do those who are starting the LPC without a training contract stand of finishing the course with a job?
Will the soon-to-be-concluded Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) fundamentally alter the path to becoming a lawyer?
How should trainees and pupils play it as they begin their training contracts and pupillages amid wider uncertainty about the economy?
I spend my days in the office listening to management speak. When I’m not going forward, I’m circling back. Before touching base, I’m leveraging my talent to provide solutions. And if that fails, I’m actioning a synergistic paradigm shift strategy (acronymised, of course, as ‘SPSS’).
But my favourite phrase is ‘economy’, writes TheTraineeComplex...