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Law students face risky future: profession

Law students face risky future: profession

Those students who have swallowed whole the glossy brochures handed out by law firms are facing an imminent shock, the legal profession has warned.

THOSE students who have swallowed whole the glossy brochures handed out by law firms are facing an imminent shock, the legal profession's representative body has warned.

British law students should consider the risks involved in a career in the law, says the UK Law Society.

A new campaign highlighting the increased competition future solicitors face as they bid to get a foothold in the profession, has been launched by the Society.

The substantial costs of legal training will also be highlighted.

More than 1,000 of the 7,606 students who successfully passed their legal practicing certificates last year failed to get a contract.

"This is about responsible management of entry to the profession," a Law Society spokesperson said. "Alongside this campaign the Society and the profession have long been working hard to create a level playing field for those who are genuinely talented and meritorious in order to overcome the barrier of financial disadvantage."

Law Week reports that Kevin Poulter, a solicitor at Wake Smith & Tofields, who is also a member of the Law Society's Junior Lawyers Division, said: "News that a career in the law is no longer an easy ride to a champagne lifestyle and early retirement may not be a shock to some, but to the students who have been dazzled by glossy brochures provided by firms and LPC providers, the reality can be hard to take."

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