The inside line - what law students need to stand out in a tough market
Specialists involved in recruiting trainees to law firms are trying to become more honest. "We have all been saying the same thing to students - that we are fantastic," says one manager. The inevitable result, she feels, is that trainees are unprepared for reality. She has seen many students taken aback by daily life when they start the training contract: "It's a shock to the system on the first day." But Legal Week research for the ‘Law Student Report 2010' suggests that both firms and prospective trainees are now trying to become more open with each other. By spending a few days together - in a placement scheme - the students and the firms can size each other up.
Legal Week research finds work placements are more important than ever. But there are plenty of other things law students need to stand out in a tough market, explains Neasa MacErlean
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