It is such a shame that so many legal practices are still in the dark ages in relation to staff recruitment and development and how they view themselves.
At the end of the day they are service providers and hopefully good providers, offering expertise and guidance; but legal people are still just people, they are neither higher or lower in the pecking order?
It is so sad just how many graduates are being short-changed by their Universities and legal firms not supporting them in securing a career within the legal fraternity. On a daily basis, we are lucky enough to meet some fabulous graduates, all with at least 2:1 or Firsts, many of whom have then funded a Masters degree and some even their LPCs who are struggling even to gain interviews with firms.
Many of these graduates will not make it, not because they do not have the talent or drive, but they get disillusioned with constant applications going nowhere; often not even receiving replies. This is then further exacerbated with, “you need experience” or “you did not choose the right electives”; really? How do you get experience; many do pro bono work if they are lucky, but why should they have to work for free?
Then, of course, the “old boys network” is still flourishing. We know of graduates with 2:2s with contacts who have been offered roles, who have absolutely no experience. We have even recently spoken to a smug Partner, who literally said that they had it hard, so others should too?
Even more saddening is when we do work with some legal firms with actual roles to offer, they negotiate very low rates, which Johnson Underwood take on mainly to help give these graduates a start (did not realise there is no money in the law). Even worse, they ask to view a CV, but do not have the courtesy to get back to us.
In their field, they will appreciate GDPR and not use viewing a CV as a fishing trip to see how their competitors are doing. Very disappointing throughout… what are we doing as a society to our young people? As they say, what goes around comes around….they are our future!!