Wandering idly through Holborn the other day, I spotted this advert for the Environmental Law Foundation's (ELF) internship programme on City Law School’s notice board.
Nobody picked up the phone when I called the contact number on the ad, but its failure to mention remuneration, allied to the information I gathered online (see below and here), suggests that the three-month long internships being offered by ELF are unpaid.
New data shows that law students are the most willing of all students to work for free to gain an internship. Over half (51%) surveyed by research company Trendence said they’d intern gratis, compared to 41% of engineering students and 37% of IT students.
Their willingness to work for free corresponded with the fact that law students are also the most worried about their future careers, with 66% of those surveyed expressing strong concern versus 59% of engineering students and 49% of IT students.
The survey, which saw 1,500 students from 16 UK universities questioned, comes at a time when greater focus is being placed on the legal profession’s attitude to unpaid internships.
Law students are being increasingly vocal on the matter via mediums like message boards (check out this recent thread on traineesolicitor.co.uk), Twitter and blogs (the excellent Interns Anonymous blog has a specific law section)...