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Law firms 'offering more graduate opportunities'

Published: Wednesday, 20 October 2010   Category: Law

Britons looking for graduate jobs with legal firms have been informed that there are now signs of improvement in recruitment levels.

In an interview with the Guardian, Heidi Sandy, chairwoman of the Law Society's junior lawyers division, said that companies which were not offering training contracts two years ago are now doing so.

She explained that graduates who were initially referred are now starting their work, meaning more opportunities for full-time roles should arise in the future.

"This is freeing up places in firms that may have been 'on hold' for those already committed to them," she told the newspaper.

"Regional firms have also continued to offer training contracts, which is a good sign. We have also seen a rise in training contracts offered 'in-house' with businesses."

However, Ms Sandy warned graduates that the market is still extremely competitive and that they should rely on their academic skills and qualifications alone.

Meanwhile, 15 graduates started their new jobs with value-added reseller Softcat earlier this week at the company's new office in Moorgate.

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