The Law Society was host to a very well attended JLD Student Forum on yesterday. I was one of the speakers, giving a quick run – down on structuring a good CV. There were also speakers covering interview skills and covering all aspects of the application process.
Also being provided were CV surgeries for students who have asked for some 1-2-1 guidance on putting their CVs in the best order. Compared to two years ago, when this involved just me dispensing advice during eight interviews throughout the day, there is now a large panel of volunteers assembled by the JLD to offer this advice, with over 30 delegates receiving advice.
It was great speaking to the delegates during both the CV surgeries and the reception at the end of the Forum. Despite a market that is now as difficult as it has ever been to find a training contract in, students remain committed to finding the right role for themselves. Despite recent cuts, it was heartening to find some students who are aspiring to find a role in Legal Aid firms.
Despite the difficult market, I have every confidence that the class of 2011 that I met yesterday is well equipped to make the best of it in the ongoing struggle to qualify as a Solicitor.