L2B event proves it’s never too late for law

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  • The profession needs more people with experience of working in other markets.
    In my experience slightly older trainees progress to associate quicker than their younger peers.
    It tends to even itself out by partner though.

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  • Its really refreshing to learn about the "Not Too Late Event" and the buy-in from major law firms such as DLA and Freshfields. I genuinely believe that mature candidates can bring a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to the trainee role, and it's encouraging to learn that some firms are recognising this too. I hope to attend the next event and have the opportunity to speak to like-minded candidates and share the trials and tribulations of entering into law beyond the age of 21!

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  • I completed the GDL part-time this year while working full-time. I'm now 30 and probably slightly above the average age on my course . It was my intention to secure a TC but while working full-time and studying evening and weekends, finding the time to fill out the long applications requested by most firms was difficult. This is one aspect prospective students should bear in mind. I also felt that while many firms demand legal work experience, they ignore the sector knowledge, network and broader business skills a mature candidate brings. Also many use their vacation schemes as platforms to for their training contracts, offering upto 75% of their places to those on the schemes... A distinct disadvantage to mature candidates who are already working full-time. Disenchanted? Not completely, the course was great but not one person I know from it has secured a TC. A number of people have gone on to do the LPC without one as well - madness!!!

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  • I recently requalified as a solicitor following a successful career in industry.
    One of the biggest hurdles to land a training contract as an "oldie" is the graduate recruitment team within law firms. For example, I was ridiculed by a grad recruiter for one of organisations attending this event at a first interview for "bothering to apply given my age". Needless to say, I didn't get a second interview for a t/c there and I would not have anyway accepted to train there.
    You'd think that once you were in a training contract your past commercial experience would be welcomed. In fact, in a couple of seats I had to deal with irritated or intimidated partners who did not like it that their trainee was not completely "virgin".
    These events are wonderful for aspiring older lawyers however much groundwork is needed within law firms to ensure a welcoming environment for the aspirant.

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