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Law firms cut back on graduate employment

Published: Wednesday, 01 June 2011   Category: Law

Medium-sized law firms are cutting back on their graduate employment while they wait to see how the economy is improving.

That is according to research carried out by legal referrals service Contact Law, which revealed that a huge 76 per cent of medium-sized legal firms are not going to employ any graduates over the next twelve months.

These moves, which could include the shrinking or abolishment of graduate schemes, come as one-in-five of the firms admit they may have to make redundancies over the coming year.

Dan Watkins, the director at Contact Law, said the results of the survey are "stark" and will spell a difficult year for university-leavers.

"Graduate lawyers need to be prepared for a tough year, as firms concentrate on maintaining current staffing levels and put their recruitment drives on hold. It also means that the competition for the few vacancies on offer will be fierce," he said.

However, the research also revealed that only 17 per cent of employers think graduate roles are the most difficult to fill with competent candidates.

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