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Message started by robertsont on Oct 16th, 2004 at 6:16pm

Title: Access to traineeships
Post by robertsont on Oct 16th, 2004 at 6:16pm
Hi,

I am a final year Social Policy and Law student at Edinburgh University embarking on a dissertation examining advantage and attrition in the scottish legal profession.

I am presently trying to establish what material there is on this. My focus is on 'getting a traineeship' - i.e. the step from Diploma to training contract. I will be considering issues of gender, class, ethnicity etc and hopefully interviewing 2003-4 Diploma graduates from Edinburgh on their aspirations and actual experiences.

Just wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of any appropriate material either in England or Scotland. I have already looked at the Scottish Executive's 'Minority and Social Diversity in Legal Education in Scotland'.

Many thanks,

Tom

Title: Re: Access to traineeships
Post by Forum Admin on Oct 16th, 2004 at 8:34pm
I think the mix of the output into training contracts is partly dictated by the mix of people going in to law school, and their reasons behind doing it.  You may find class, gender and (especially in Scotland) ethnicity therefore indirectly play a part in the mix of people going into a traineeship.

Another consideration is the fact that the interview process is very subjective in many firms - and you may find that some recruit more tall blonde women than they do short stumpy trolls.  It can sometimes just be down to the subconscious preferences of the person conducting the interview.


Title: Re: Access to traineeships
Post by John_Law on Jan 25th, 2005 at 1:59pm

wrote on Oct 16th, 2004 at 8:34pm:
...some recruit more tall blonde women...


d**n! If I'd known that in my last interview I'd have worn make up _

Title: Re: Access to traineeships
Post by johnmcg on Jan 25th, 2005 at 8:06pm
From my time at Edinburgh university - what I find surprising is that adorning make up between the sexes, is obviously now not compulsory.  How times have changed!

Title: Re: Access to traineeships
Post by John_Law on Feb 21st, 2005 at 3:45pm
Found this article and thought it might be relevant:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,4003-1441328,00.html

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