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Not a trainee, not yet a solicitor

To become a competent junior solicitor, are you ever really a trainee, asks Pippa Allsop

28 October 2014

Beginning my official
role as a junior solicitor (although, technically, not yet, because at the time of writing my signature boasts that I am actually a “Legal Assistant awaiting admission
to the Law Society”) has made me feel awfully nostalgic.

People don’t appreciate
how long it takes to train to be a solicitor and they certainly don’t appreciate that a lot of us have
to start grafting towards the end product before even getting near to commencing the training contract. As a result, there is a distinct lack of jubilation among my friends and family regarding my upcoming qualification, mainly due to the fact that
they believe that I have been
a solicitor for at least two years now. I hate to admit that I have had to shelve my indignation over this fact, accepting that
I myself am having trouble pinpointing the precise change.

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