The perfect law grad is a ‘team player’ with ‘excellent communication skills’, according to research

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Data bods use job ads to identify key qualities employers seek from legally-minded uni leavers

‘Excellent communicator’ and ‘team player’ are among the top personal qualities that employers are seeking from law graduates, according to new research.

Data bods ran 100 different graduate-entry legal job ads through a “text-reading algorithm” to identify the most commonly mentioned skills and competencies. ‘Excellent communicator’ came out top with a hit rate of 73%, followed by ‘team player’, which appeared in over half the adverts (55%) sampled. ‘Able’ and ‘a desire to succeed’ shared third spot with 45%.

Other desirable attributes included ‘research skills’ (43%); ‘can work on own initiative’ (35%); and ‘able to multi-task’ (25%).

The research, compiled by student accommodation firm Nido Student, also examined the language used by the companies to describe themselves and what they do.

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‘Team focused’ featured in a whopping 90% of the adverts sampled, while ‘a law firm’ and ‘works with claims’ scored 60% and 35%, respectively. Other popular self-descriptors were ‘works with many clients’ (35%); ‘training and support’ (25%); and ‘provides commercial services’ (23%).

Unfortunately, the annoying buzzwords and phrases don’t stop once you’ve secured a job. Legal Cheek reported on research that revealed the legal profession’s most hated office jargon, with ‘it’s on my radar’, ‘smashed it’ and ‘I’ve got a lot on my plate’ coming joint top.

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Patrick Bateman

Shame they forgot to include a complete lack of empathy and psychopathic tendencies



That was a given. It was the preferred rather than the mandatory characteristics upon which they were focusing.


Not a law grad

Hmmm…has anyone ever met an undergrad law student? Just full of arrogance and toxic sentiments.



Seems like they made a good choice of degree and career then.



I’m not so sure about that, most law students are pretty hard to pick out from a crowd. The issue is that the most vocal 10% of the subject are *awful*; wearing suits to lectures, posting about their internships on facebook, running obnoxious law society election campaigns, engaging in casual classism, the works.



Can’t help but feel most of these god-awful meaningless phrases are used for recruiting people to all jobs, from banks to pubs.



Drones that bill 50 hours a week are great. Ones with no social life are best.


War Pig

Only 100 hours a week is acceptable for no-lifers such as myself.



A junior lawyer needs 1) to be reasonably detail oriented, 2) to have just enough social skills to make small talk in meetings and 3) to be willing to fist their social and family life for money.

As you move up the ranks, the details become less vital and the social skills/strategic view more important.

Lots of people have 1 and 2. The big hurdle is 3, particularly once people have kids.


MC Trainee

Also in other news, water is wet


Kirkland NQ

To me, the perfect law graduate is one who is prepared to smash 2 PE deals a morning before his model girlfriend and then jump in the lambo to pop into the city for a 5 martini lunch



The perfect law grad did something else as their first degree.



Being from one of the better public schools is a great plus. You are just so much more likely to get commerce, capital and dynastic dynamics.


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