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Standing out from the thousands

Natasza Slater asks whether 'commercial awareness' is a term conveniently used by firms when recruiting trainees

17 June 2014

Despite entry into the legal profession being highly competitive, it doesn’t stop there. As of March 2014 there were 128,425 practising solicitors registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority: a wealth of choice
for those looking to instruct
a lawyer.

Firms often claim that future trainees have a significant lack of commercial awareness, preventing them from having the potential to stand out in such a cut-throat environment. Is this criticism unfairly wielded?

A decade ago, it was not unusual to commence a training contract directly after studies. However, with the current intense competition of obtaining one, many future trainees will have worked as paralegals or similar prior to their training contract.

They are now, in general, far better equipped to grapple with the co...

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