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The pull of the profession

September heralds the arrival of many trainee and newly qualified solicitors to the profession. They are indeed very welcome.

5 September 2014

To secure a place in a law firm, ABS or other organisation is already a great achievement at a time when the number of new solicitor places is diminishing year on year and - if certain reports are to be believed - the outlook remains bleak.

Despite widespread reports of the demise of legal aid in national newspapers and TV reports, the legal profession remains one to aspire to join; in the public consciousness at least. Just this week, a survey by Virgin Media placed the role of the lawyer as the third most popular with parents when considering jobs they would like their children to do.

Although almost half (49 per cent) of those surveyed hoped for their children to become doctors, lawyers came in with 43 per cent, ahead of tech entrepreneur (38 per cent) and app developer (35 per cent). A surprise second on the list was engineering, just 2 per cent above the legal profession.

Becoming a lawyer is still considered a job for life and one that can effect real c...

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