Legal work experience opportunities fall by 11%

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There are less opportunities to do work experience in law this year than there were last year, according to new research. Among top businesses, “paid work experience places” in law are down by 11% since 2017, from 1,407 to 1,250.

The legal industry’s 11% work placement fall is not the biggest of the sectors included in the research: total work experience offerings in consulting fell by 45%, from 210 to 155, in 2017-18, while IT & telecommunications saw a decrease of 20% (from 686 to 548). However, in real number terms, law’s drop of 157 is the largest.

This data, by The Knowledge Academy, is from “the UK’s 100 most established and successful employers”, including: Apple, Boots, Deloitte, Facebook, Google, Mars, McDonald’s, Microsoft, NHS, Oxfam, Sky and Teach First. The law firms on the list are: Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, CMS, DLA Piper, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Irwin Mitchell, Linklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright, Slaughter and May and White & Case.

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Though seven of the industries covered experienced downturns ranging from 3.3% to 45.2%, the remaining four have enjoyed increases. Engineering & industrial placements are up by 21%, from 1,993 to 2,419, while over in the public sector work experience spots have rocketed by 59% to 1,077.

This research comes just weeks after Legal Cheek revealed a number of barristers and solicitors were, controversially, auctioning off work experience placements in aid of a social mobility charity.

One of these barristers was Blackstone Chambers ace Sir James Eadie QC, who has represented the government in major cases such as: the Article 50/Gina Miller challenge, the heterosexual civil partnerships dispute and the term-time holiday battle.

The bidding on a week’s worth of work experience with Eadie had reached a hefty £300 before the ad disappeared from the auction website. The highest bidder, according to the ad, would have had the opportunity to work alongside the top silk in chambers, read case papers and visit court.

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Interesting story, but where is the analysis? This story says that something is happening but makes no attempt at all to explain why, instead the other half of the article is composed of a re-plug of another Legal Cheek article. Why do I still come back to this place…


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Lol she’s leaving, doesn’t care. There are no repercussions to her submitting a shite piece.


What’s KK’s excuse been up until now then?


😭😭😭😂 that she was going to leave soon.


Where’s she going, then?


LOL don’t hate the playa hate the game


Any coverage of the Finucane JR that is being heard by the Supreme Court today? Might be something a website covering legal matters might want to look at.


Steady on. Bit of a change of pace from covering ‘pioneering balloon usage’ by love island contestants


I don’t think this data is new, it seems to be the same data as found in the High Fliers Graduate Market Report 2018 (page 23 if you want to read it), which was published 5 months ago (January 2018).

While it does have some use, it only looks at 100 employers, only a few are law firms and they are not necessarily representative of the broader market.


Most legal work experience isn’t paid anyway.


Hmmm… the fact that a fair share of legal work experience is unofficial leads me to believe that this is a bunch of bullshit


First sentence:

“There is less opportunity” OR “There are fewer opportunities”; NOT “There are less opportunities”.

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