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BCL Graduates attends Legal Graduate Careers Fair in Manchester tomorrow

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Vicky Clark, Director at BCL Legal will showcase the bclgraduates.com website to the students at Manchester Metropolitan University tomorrow evening at their biannual careers fair.

The website bclgraduates.com has been established since 2012 and helps law graduates secure their first step on their career journey, be it as a paralegal, trainee legal executive or trainee solicitor. We have hundreds of law firms downloading CVs from the site on a daily basis. Clients include Addleshaw Goddard, Asda, Pets at Home, Shoosmiths and many more.

The event is for students to meet potential employers and ‘speed network’ amongst law firms, recruitment agencies as well as businesses which recruit solicitors such as My Home Move and Peninsular. James Batt, CEO of BCL Legal, studied law at MMU and graduated in 1996. Asked about his time there he commented: “I very much enjoyed my time at MMU and am still friends with so many people I met during my fantastic three years there. We set up the website because I wanted BCL to be able to help and offer guidance to under graduates who often can’t see the wood for the trees. It’s a busy time and you have to juggle application form filling with studying to attain the very best degree result you can. Nowadays people also work almost full time jobs whilst studying. The least we can do is impart our knowledge and make the process smoother for both law firms and job seekers”.

The majority of legal employers will now disregard any application from a law graduate with less than a 2:1 degree. Whilst it’s not something I agree with, students just can’t take the risk any more. With the large number of applicants per job, firms need some metric to apply to the vetting process. Whilst personality, life experience, culture and fit are so much more important for both parties in real life, at this early stage in your career, academics are still placed in high regard. It isn’t to say you can sit on your laurels but what I found very reassuring was that in 2015 one of the biggest graduate recruiters and Big 4 accountancy practices, EY, announced it was to scrap their requirement for a minimum 2:1 degree. They believe their process will secure them the best talent for their business. PwC followed suit, but unfortunately they are still in the minority.

A new form of testing used by some Magic Circle law firms is a virtual assessment using video games to ascertain the calibre of their applicants. Arctic Shores has created the idea and Clifford Chance and Taylor Wessing are currently trialling their games to assess behaviour and decision making amongst their applicants. You can read more about this exciting concept https://www.bcllegal.com/the-brief/opinion/bcllegal-comthe-briefopinionrobert-newry-video-game-legal-recruitment

For more commentary on why academics do and don’t count https://www.bcllegal.com/the-brief/blog/legal-profession-lagging-behind-others-comes-focusing-heavily-school-university-grades

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