Realistically, how hard would it be to get a Training contract in another 4-5 years Watch

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Just finished my as and I'm planning to take a gap year out. I was just wondering how hard would it be for me to get a training contract. If everything goes all planned I will be getting top grades and hopefully I will go to a Russell group Uni. I have been scared of by some friends that it's merely impossible to get a trg contract due to the government spending cuts as they don't need that many solicitors??
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I have been scared of by some friends that it's merely impossible to get a trg contract due to the government spending cuts as they don't need that many solicitors??
Well then your friends have managed to scare you with a wildly inaccurate statement. Yes, there have been legal aid changes that have affected firms doing legal aid work. But equally a very large number of firms do not do legal aid work at all. For example, legal aid doesn't affect areas such as commercial, personal injury, employment, and private client disputes generally. Some of those areas are facing their own challenges, and as a result the competition for training contracts is harder now than it has perhaps ever been, but saying that it is nearly impossible to secure one is way off the mark. If you get the top grades that you think you can achieve from a good university and supplement that with other relevant experience and such you'll still stand a decent chance of getting a training contract.
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Well then your friends have managed to scare you with a wildly inaccurate statement. Yes, there have been legal aid changes that have affected firms doing legal aid work. But equally a very large number of firms do not do legal aid work at all. For example, legal aid doesn't affect areas such as commercial, personal injury, employment, and private client disputes generally. Some of those areas are facing their own challenges, and as a result the competition for training contracts is harder now than it has perhaps ever been, but saying that it is nearly impossible to secure one is way off the mark. If you get the top grades that you think you can achieve from a good university and supplement that with other relevant experience and such you'll still stand a decent chance of getting a training contract.
Thanks. Do you think Liverpool is a good Uni for law?
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Thanks. Do you think Liverpool is a good Uni for law?
Yes.
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Just finished my as and I'm planning to take a gap year out. I was just wondering how hard would it be for me to get a training contract. If everything goes all planned I will be getting top grades and hopefully I will go to a Russell group Uni. I have been scared of by some friends that it's merely impossible to get a trg contract due to the government spending cuts as they don't need that many solicitors??
Don't worry about what your friends have told you as that doesn't largely apply to most solicitors and law firms...

Provided you get excellent grades (A levels and uni) and are a well-rounded individual with a history of work experience placements and a good idea of why you want to go into law, you will be in a strong position to be offered a training contract. Make sure you start building up your CV as soon as possible. I've got a TC with a top law firm starting next year having graduated from a Russell Group uni. Good luck with the future
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Just finished my as and I'm planning to take a gap year out. I was just wondering how hard would it be for me to get a training contract. If everything goes all planned I will be getting top grades and hopefully I will go to a Russell group Uni. I have been scared of by some friends that it's merely impossible to get a trg contract due to the government spending cuts as they don't need that many solicitors??
At least get the reasoning correct.

Why would you think that government spending cuts would lead to fewer solicitors?
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