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Leading tomorrow's solicitors down a different path

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As someone that was fortunate enough to be given a training contract, and a job at the end of it, I do not envy those looking to a career in law in what is undeniably a highly contracted job market.

Law firms of all sizes are reducing the amount of training contracts they give out and also the amount of trainees that are offered a job at the end of their fixed term. As a result of this there are many more students and trainees desperate to put their legal knowledge and experience to use but unable to find a firm that is able to give them the opportunity.

This has given rise to a new scheme that is being launched by Acculaw, which is the country’s first non-legal services provider to be authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to take on trainees. Acculaw intend to recruit trainees based on the needs of law firms and in-house legal departments, who will be able to source trainees as and when they are required. This means that trainees are likely to be working for more than one firm over the course of their training contract and they will be getting a wide range of experience with different clients and cultures.

It will be interesting to see if this new scheme is effective at dealing with the over-supply of law graduates whilst still maintaining the high standards that are a necessity in the legal industry. One thing is for sure, they will not be short of takers!