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'Our research shows the stark reality of the effects of university tuition fee hikes and legal aid cuts on the future of the legal profession and the justice system. The government's cuts will lead to people accused of crimes having no, or inadequate representation. This will ultimately deprive vulnerable members of the public of access to justice.Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:
Junior lawyers are facing difficulties both financially and in accessing genuine career opportunities in the legal market place. There is evidence of a worrying trend of long-term unpaid work experience, some placements lasting up to two years. I would urge the profession to re-evaluate the situation and not put short-term commercial advantage above the development of future legal talent.'
'Legal aid cuts and wider funding cuts are chipping away at access to justice. That is why access to justice is at the top of my agenda this year. This latest research paints a grim picture of the future of legal aid, with fewer lawyers entering this essential area of law.
Students thinking of embarking on a career in law should think carefully and do extensive research. Competition for training contracts remains exceptionally high with some firms receiving thousands of applications for each place. To succeed as a solicitor, you need determination, motivation and academic ability in abundance. Students should be confident that they are right for the profession and the profession is right for them before making that commitment.
As the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales, the Law Society is here to support students at every stage of their training, qualifying and throughout their career as a solicitor. The Junior Lawyers Division offers a range of services for students and trainees and newly-qualified lawyers.'
If you are looking to represent yourself in court this book will de-mystify the legal process and...