So you want to be a lawyer?

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  • I am 11 and am dying to be a lawyer and this site has really helped!! x Thanks x

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  • To all teenagers:

    1. Learn to spell, punctuate and respect the English language. If you can't spell or proof-read you will NEVER get a job as a lawyer.

    2. If you are struggling to get a B in any subject at GCSE or A Level, consider ILEX. This is a way of becoming a solicitor whilst working at a firm and attending night school. You get there eventually and you don't have to have the best grades at school nor pay out a huge amount of money in tuition fees to get there.

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  • I am 15 and it is my dream to become a lawyer, I am now in high school however i've only recently started going at the beginning of year 10. is it too late for me to accomplish my dream?

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  • The points are really helpful to me, I am doing my 11th year now and my dream is to become a top lawyer in my country.

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  • hi. I am 12 and i am in year 8. My whole life dream is to become a lawyer and to serve my country to fight for good. This website helps me to get to know more knowledge on becoming a lawyer. And i am really excited.

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  • I am in my mid-thirties and work as a senior NHS nurse – a job that I love. However, I have always been fascinated by the law, esp. criminal law, and having spent a good few months late last year on a jury for a large trial, this has confirmed that it is time to seriously look at changing career and working towards becoming a barrister.

    I have a 2:1 (BSc Nursing Practice – although I’m perfectly aware this unfortunately will not count) and a MSc from Imperial. However, my A Level results are shocking. Regrettably now, I was too busy partying during sixth form.

    My questions are:
    Should I retake my A’Levels, work really hard to get A’s, and then consider a LLB (Birkbeck) or the GDL (University of Law).
    Alternatively, I’ve been offered funding for a LLM in Medical Law and Ethics – this would be over 2 years, and then I could consider the GDL?
    Note I will continue to work full time during either the LLM or A Levels – I believe this to be feasible, I did the same during my MSc. But, either option would mean that after completion, I will be 40.

    I would be incredibly grateful for any advice to increase my chance of success (if it indeed is possible). I know that the law is incredibly competitive, and my age is against me. But, I am not afraid of hard work and giving the time required to achieve my goal. It is very liberating to have that moment that finally you can acknowledge what it really is that you really would like to do.
    I would be very glad to hear from any of you who may be able to offer some good (and honest) advice. Importantly be honest. Thank you in advance! Best, K.

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