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Pete Townshend of The Who (now over 60 years old) has obviously changed his mind about dying before he gets old. It’s too late now Pete.
I decided recently that I wanted to become a lawyer before I get old. Some of my friends think that “going into law” and “death” are pretty synonymous. They may have a point.
I remember reading an article in a legal journal about someone in their early 50s who had just qualified as a solicitor. In light of the modern focus on equality I thought it an odd story. The journo concerned clearly considered it an uncommon enough event in itself to warrant particular comment. The editor thought it worthy of publication for the amusement of the profession as a whole. For those like myself on my Legal Practice Course who are still not out and pushing toward the half Century mark, articles like these are not encouraging. We already know that when it comes to gaining a training contract (that is the only thing that will really make all our hard work to date worthwhile) our age could be a barrier, and here perhaps was more evidence.
I got to thinking about the whole issue. We’ve all been to law recruitment fairs, open days, assessment centres and work placements and for some of us it can be a bit like entering a world of clones. For all the talk about encouraging applicants from a diverse background, it seems that many firms do seem to recruit very similar types and one thing I’ve noted is that they are all at least 20 years younger than me.
However, there are training contracts out there for those more experienced applicants and with some detailed research the firms that really do embrace diversity can be found.
The legal landscape is changing and with the advent of the alternative business structure many firms are going to find themselves in bed with companies whose commercial focus and expertise is different, and dare I say more competitive? My older colleagues and I, after doing a variety of interesting things in our younger years, have a profound understanding of many of these “real world” companies. We have worked there; in insurance, retail, construction, leisure, healthcare, civil service, you name it, we’ve done it.
We have accumulated skills over many years that some solicitors never fully acquire. You want people who really understand customer care? People who know how to motivate themselves and others? People who reallyunderstand the commercial world and how it works? Many of us have run our own successful businesses. Now we are offering our talents to the legal profession at just the same time as the legal profession is opening up to new structures and commercial focus.
The Who may be a spent force but the more mature law student is going to be part of a real revival.