(Original post by SlowlorisIncognito)
I still think that for the OP, the biggest barrier to getting a job will be visa restrictions/issues rather than degree grade or where he goes to university.
(Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
Are you aware of the visa issues in attempting to get a job in the UK?
(Original post by Princepieman)
I'm aware about the changes but that £20.8k floor is still pretty generous and a lot of grad jobs in London for instance will pay considerably more than that.
There is something that needs to be picked up generally with advice regarding Tier 2 visas.
Since 2011 there has been an annual cap of 20,700 tier 2 visas a year with monthly caps of 1650. Until last year, that was a dead letter. The UK never got anywhere near these figures. Therefore if you met the criteria, and trainee solicitors generally would, you were in.
Between June and August last year the cap was hit every month. Since September (and in October the points table was changed) the cap has not been hit, but it is likely to be hit again this summer. Generally the cap favours higher paid positions.
For employers like law firms, the problem is this. They normally recruit two years in advance but tier 2 visas have to be taken up within 3 months. That means that for people needing visas, law firms will have to make job offers without knowing whether visas will be issued. Shortage occupations are passported to the front of the queue. For some years the shortage occupation list has been narrowing but it is now expanding. For trainees, law firms are likely to be caught in a visa squeeze between shortage occupations and highly paid experienced positions.
There has also been mention of the Resident Labour Market Test ie establishing that the job can't be filled from within the UK or EU. That doesn't really apply to graduates of UK public universities finishing their degrees. They are exempt, though they do get some priority when the cap is exceeded.
Effectively until last summer, any law firm who could be bothered to take a foreign law graduate of a UK university as a trainee would be able to do so. That isn't necessarily so from now on and law firms will be reconsidering their attitudes to foreign trainees.