The West Midlands is a metropolitan county that was initially founded in 1974. Although it is now something of a ceremonial name for the wider area of Birmingham, Coventry, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, it is the UK's second largest conurbation.
The sheer volume of trade and industry in the region means that legal services are always in high demand. Some of the nation's largest legal firms such as Eversheds have a significant presence in the area, and they are always looking for bright and ambitious individuals - particularly new graduates. There are dozens of legal firms in Birmingham alone - specialising in areas of law such as real estate, litigation, corporate law and criminal law.
Recruitment agencies in the area are not only looking for people with legal qualifications, they are also in need of experienced administration and support staff who have worked in the legal industry. Large swathes of the West Midlands have been struggling with low employment rates, however, so the competition for unskilled roles in the legal profession is very fierce indeed.
Local universities such as the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham have well-respected law degree courses, so the region produces a steady stream of high-calibre legal professionals - increasing the competition for the best legal jobs.