in Training Contracts, Pupillage and Work Experience

I am a Law Student Looking for Work, can you help?

No.  We can’t help and you may be surprised to know that we will be quite annoyed if you telephone us. We have warnings all over our website detailing who we can help and how we can help and sometimes the sheer volume of students and law graduates without any work experience calling us overwhelms our switchboards.

Whilst we offer careers advice and paid career services, together with a work experience scheme, we do not under any circumstances ever assist law students and graduates to find jobs and neither can we help with training contracts.  A particular irritation is someone who has a training contract lined up and is looking for work experience in the meantime.  Quite why anyone like this would think an agency specialising in solicitor recruitment can assist them I have no idea. So please do not take this the wrong way. We are possibly one of the most student friendly and graduate friendly recruitment websites in the legal profession as we offer so much free assistance and advice together with expert paid services, but we cannot under any circumstances help you get paralegal positions and training contracts without any experience.

If you want to see what we can do for you please visit our careers pages and read them all very carefully. Please do not telephone us. In the past we have taken our telephone number off the website as the frequency of calls has got so bad. If you do telephone after reading this please do not be surprised if we are slightly irritated or abrupt with you.  Times are difficult in the legal profession and everyone is looking for work.  Those who sell themselves effectively directly to law firms get on in their careers. Those who spend their time phoning up agencies complaining they can’t find work tend to be the ones who fail abysmally. You have been warned…

Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at