Legal Week have just posted an interesting looking survey. This caught my eye:
The top five reasons that influence students to apply for a training contract at a particular firm are career prospects post-qualification; the brand of the firm; gender equality; impressions gained from a summer placement and the availability of LPC funding. Salary and benefits are lower priorities, according to our survey, with perceptions of work/life balance and a law firm’s performance at a graduate fair further down the list.” (my emphasis)
With gender diversity at partnership level still concerningly weak. May be firms will start to take this issue seriously And, dear students, when making your assessments of firms, do not be fooled by mentoring schemes and the like. These have their virtues but what really counts is numbers: what proportion of women are on the partnership; what proportion have been promoted recently. Firms can fiddle with process to give the feeling and appearance of action, but soon or later reality will bite.