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The search for bright and talented graduates in the legal sector is hotting up…

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  • According to recent research from totaljobs.com around 40% of graduates are looking for work six months after finishing their studies and 25% are still searching a year on.

    The barometer data from the final quarter of 2013 revealed a third of graduates apply for more than 20 jobs a month. However, one in six graduates applies for fewer than five jobs a month.

    Four in 10 (44%) of graduates surveyed say they regret not studying something more vocational.

    Vicky Clark co-founder of bclgraduates.com, a free online service for legal graduates looking for their first step on the legal ladder claims that the situation is not “as black and white” as the 40% figure suggests. “Every graduate is at a different stage, and there are lots of reasons why they delay their job search; not everyone enters the job market straight away. We are experiencing a real surge in our law firm clients seeking paralegals and junior fee earners to work in a range of areas from commercial and real estate to residential conveyancing and personal injury. The market has never been busier for graduates with a bit of experience under their belt be it as an intern or following a voluntary legal placement”.

    There are more job vacancies in the UK than at any time since the heady days before the recession, according to figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    According to the ONS, there are now 580,000 vacancies in the UK, the highest figure since September 2008, when the economy was at its pre-recession height. This is up from 492,000 in the same period (November to January) a year ago. The ONS estimates show

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    Graduate vacancies are set to increase by more than 10% in 2014, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

    With business confidence and growth predictions beginning to improve, employers look set to increase their graduate recruitment levels this year, following an increase of 4.3% in graduate vacancies in 2013. Sectors predicted to see a growth in vacancies this year include IT & telecoms (40%),

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