Legal Sector Graduate Recruitment
The economic cyclone of the last year has affected recruitment in every sector. Graduate recruitment in the legal sector has not escaped unscathed.
Leading local recruitment web sites such as ‘Graduates Yorkshire’ reflect the trend with only two legal roles advertised this week – a legal internship with Graduates Yorkshire itself and the other vacancy working in recruitment rather than in the legal sector.
Firms across the UK have voiced concerns that they may face ‘bottlenecks’ in graduate recruitment, where people have held back from applying due to increased competition last year where fewer trainee places were available. As a result, law firms are now taking a different approach to their recruitment strategies.
Multinational law firms like DLA Piper have made the graduate recruitment process more complex by creating an additional test which involves proofing legal documents for spelling and grammatical issues. Local firms such as Bell & Buxton are not considering candidates until 2010 for their 2011 training contracts, while Leeds-based firm Hawkswell Kilvington LLP is recruiting this year for September 2010 starters.
The advantage of these circumstances is that the applications received by law firms have been of a higher calibre because weaker candidates have been deterred by increased competition.