Editor's weekly: Queens English
6 March 2008
Thanks to the wonders of the worldwide web Lawyer2B.com reaches shed loads of overseas students who would otherwise not have access to information on how to train as lawyers in this country.
And given the number of emails I receive per week from foreign law students it seems that there are hundreds of you who dream to qualify as English solicitors. But joining a law firm in this country as a trainee is arguably more challenging for overseas students with non-qualifying law degrees. Whats more there isnt a one size fits all route to qualification. And with the Solicitors Regulation Authority currently reviewing the system on how foreign lawyers can re-train in this country the rules might potentially become even more complicated.
Ive therefore asked our guest writer, Alex Kaufmann a German and English qualified partner at West End firm Fladgate Fielder, to draw on his experiences of getting his foot through the door of a London-based firm (see below). Alex and I met during my time as a trainee when he was on secondment to my firm from a firm in Germany. Given that he is now a partner and Im not proves to show that having a traditional academic background like mine wont always put you ahead of your overseas peers.
So as long as youve got the determination to succeed theres no reason why you cant follow in Alexs footsteps.