Alternative careers in law

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  • I am a qualified legal practitioner in a common law jurisdiction. i have masters degree in business law from kingston university, surrey with commendation.

    I am finding it difficult to get a job in the legal industry despite my years of experience.

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  • I am a newly qualified solicitor and finding it extremely difficult to say the least to find a newly qualified job, Firms are not even offering me Paralegal jobs in this current recession we are in!!!

    Firm I trained at closed its doors recently due to the recession. Anyone in a similar position??

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  • 2 years PQE and in the same boat as commenter above.
    Thinking about leaving the profession as the rewards for many years of exertion have been nil!

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  • LPC qualified and worked as a case worker. then made redundant, previous firm's principal made verbal promises would offer training contract (i never relied on his words anyway)

    although it is said that law graduates skills and knowledge are valued by employers (non -law) it is far from the truth.

    for example, if you take hr they want somebody who studied few modules of hr and normally they would advertise for a graduate position but minimum 6-12 months experience is essential, so how people like me find a job?

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  • I'm nearly qualified as a patent attorney and wonder if there is an alternative to partnerships and limited companies or in-house; e.g. co-operatives?

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  • The Big 4 accountancy firms love students with LLB degree, mostly for working in tax department. It also pays more than many regional law firms. Law students are also loved by banks and finance companies. They pay more than being a para.

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  • Really felt sorry for all the previous commenters.
    It's been some time when you all posted. Hope you all have got a place somewhere good.

    I believe that all you need is little experience to start with. Don't look for applying into big commercial firms or any top firms unless you have attained 1st class from a top university.

    I did my degree from a local town university with 3rd class. English is not my first language. However, still managed to get 3 years of experience before I have finished my LPC. Did not take any year out, if someone here is thinking that I took some years out after uni before starting LPC. Started LPC straight after degree.

    I got my experience during my degree and still working during my LPC. This could be the reason why I got these grades. But again, even after getting these grades I have managed to get the experience. I work with people who attained A's at Alevels, 1st and 2.1 at uni and distinction at LPC. They do the same work as I do.

    I just feel lucky to be at this position. I can only say to you all not to lose hope. Keep trying. If I can get hands on work experience then any one can.

    Dont go for money at this stage. Get in to a law firm even if you have to make coffee there. Even that would count on your CV.

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  • to the poster 31/08/2012

    i do have 5 years experience in law with LPC and LLB although i am currently employed as a paralegal, i am not happy with the work i do . i want to leave the profession all together and do something else,its more stressful being in litigation department and with low pay

    yes happy to make coffee, and not to worry about the money but who is going to pay bills and rent?

    i have read enough to realise making coffee does not count unless you spill the same in the CV (recruiters will not accpet due to poor skills) they are looking for specific results and skills .

    its demotivating and frustrating not able to find a proper job. applied for banks even for customer services, i was not suitable.

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  • I am planning to do LLB and then ICSA from London n i am an international student..The risk involved in studying this course is that the degree will not be valid in my home country...Is it worth a risk??
    Would I be able to get a job in today's job market??

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  • I always thought that the training contract was the hardest stage. Now after reading all the comments above I'm realizing that the whole profession is tough.

    I'm LPC graduate with a 2:2 and extremely poor A Levels. I was looking into redoing the LLB itself because I barely made an effort the first time round. I was advised that its probably better to do a Masters. Is that better? Do law firms even look at that because ALL the applications I see say minimum 2:1?

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  • A career in Law is not all its cracked up to be. I did the GDL, then my LPC, then a training contract and now as a NQ solicitor (Family) I am looking to earn about £23k if I am lucky. (actually I am unemployed and not finding anything) years of hard work, long hours and debt to earn less than a manager at McDonalds. I wish I had done medicine instead!

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  • It is a struggle getting rejected over and over again while looking for a law career. I used www.lawyersfirms.co.uk to locate some lesser known practices.

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  • Law generally is tough. I studiedmy Llb at a crappy new university after receiving poor A level grades and stubbornly not wanting to retake. I got a 2:1 took a yer out and got some legal experience and then did the LPC and just passed. For fours after I worked in recruitment and then left my job for a paralegal position with less pay and then another paralegal position for even less pay £8k less to be exact as this wad to lead to a trainee position. After I finally qualified I had the choice of 3 training contract options BUT this was before the credit crunch. Now I am qualified it is still tough to keep your job you have to Bill bill bill Nd hustle for new work. If this does not sound like something g you wish to do for the rest of your career GET OUT NOW! our skills are marketable out there it was not in vain law degree is one of the toughest degrees to pass. This article is good as u can earn just as much or more in insurance, banking, recruitment finance, just be aware that al work is hard work. If you want to do it be prepared to work hard and stand out for this. Be prepared to love around the country for new positions and with this and determination it will happen. For years I thought I would not qualify. If I can u can too.

    I do not work for the Clifford Chances but I work for a medium national firm and am well respected by my clients and colleagues. Wishing you all the best

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  • Having completed 5 years at university with a respectable 2.1, GDL and LPC I spent several years as a legal secretary before securing my training contract, only to be made immediately redundant on qualifying - that was nearly 2 years ago and I have only been able to find work as a paralegal since. To say I am finding it difficult to find an NQ position is such an extreme understatement. I have spent the last 2 years applying for NQ and even paralegal work constantly, it is a second fulltime job in itself, not to mention attending interviews (that is when you actually hear back from an application), and am getting nowhere. It is a constant uphill struggle, regardless of whether you are willing to relocate, retrain, anything. It seems to be a complete game of chance and luck, and I am now trying to work out my alternative options. Unless you have an absolute undying passion, perfect CV or a relative who can 'get you in', I recommend prospective lawyers to think very long and hard before embarking on a legal career. This recession is slaughtering my career before it has had any chance to get going. 2years PQE and I currently earn less than when I left university.... A little disheartening!

    Good luck!

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