Alternative careers in law

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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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