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The market is now so tough for graduates, some firms require them to have passed the LPC to become a receptionist.
That’s the bar for entry at TP Legal Solicitors, a Woking firm advertising a role for an LPC grad looking for an entry level job as a “receptionist and trainee paralegal”.
It’s got to be fresh blood, though. Managing Partner Tariq Philips specified that “you must have completed the LPC within the last 2 years” in his call for a receptionist who “must be able to demonstrate a desire to become a conveyancing person paralegal”.
A source said the firm was “clearly looking to exploit the graduates desperate to make their way into a law firm”. But Philips explained that it was actually an excellent way to learn the ropes.
“My business model has always generally been to employ a trainee paralegal to sit on reception who can not only learn about the office, [but about] client care standards, basic customer service and skills that don’t come from going to law school”, he told RollOnFriday.
The solicitor said three of his employees had started out on the front desk and “risen through the ranks of my firm organically”, while he himself started his career as an office administrator for a small solicitors’ practice.
Asked whether the role reflected how tough the market was for law grads, he said, “I don’t think our advert is demonstrative of current market conditions. It’s always been the way with my business”.
With trainee registrations dropping by 2% to 5,495 in 2021 – the lowest in five years – and thousands more people than that hunting for a training contract, many will be keen to get a foot in the door any way they can. It presents the exciting possibility of every single employee in a law firm being desperate to qualify as a solicitor, along with all the backstabbing, resentment and poisonings that go with it.