Linklaters opens summer vacation schemes to non-law students

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  • He's been pedanted. Send him the t shirt.

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  • Anonymous | 19-Jul-2012 1:06 pm

    The CPE route into the profession is pretty well-established. So the only surprising thing to me is that Linklaters weren't offering vac schemes to non-law graduates years ago - is this a city firm thing?

    The winter scheme that the article mentions is scrapped was aimed at final year non-law students. This is thus no big news, instead of having a dedicated winter scheme for non-lawyers, Links have merely done a reshuffling of their timetable.

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  • Surely the law degree/conversion discussion depends on the branch of law being looked into.
    When I (working in IT contracts,) require a solicitor I would want them to have a detailed understanding of the law to ensure there were no holes, now imagine if you are dealing with a Chemicals deal or contract, a wide breadth of knowledge would be useless if they didn’t understand the fundamentals of the deal. For a criminal barrister on the other hand, having an in-depth knowledge of another field is likely inferior to a strong breadth of law learning.

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  • I know this is going to start a storm but here I go. The reason law students who have been preparing for career in law are annoyed (yes, annoyed) with non-law students coming in a sweeping away spots is because it is significantly harder to secure a first in law than in another subject. I studied International Relations and then did a full 3 year course in law and honestly it is a lot easier to perform better in other humanities subjects. Also, many law schools are known for being too harsh on the grading and the professors do not hide the fact that there is a quota for high marks and once that quota is filled, the external examiners will cut, cut, cut them down.

    Furthermore, the interview for non-law students is a bit different because you are not asked about cases and why you loved contract law so much, for example.

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  • I completely degree with 10.43am comment. I know people who have done non-law subjects and achieved Firsts far easier than those who do law. But now the legal market doesn't care if you do law or, tbh, even what subject you decide to do. It seems I could go and do a subject sooo far removed from law, but as long as I get a 2:1 or 1 I will be considered by a firm. But if I push myself and do a law degree, and scrape a high 2:2 or low 2:1, I am not good enough.

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  • @Anon 10:57
    Not all of us convertors did "easier" humanities courses though. Some of us decided to do an engineering degree before converting. My advantage is I understand what my clients are talking about when I'm taking instructions on a dispute and can challenge their thinking or version of events from a technical standpoint - I'm not sure someone from a straight through law background can do the same (well, not without a significant number of years PQE experience)
    So stop griping, you may not like it but the fact remains you can practice law successfully without an undergraduate degree, you made your choice and us convertors made ours.

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  • Of course not all are 'easier' - I think the point that person is making is why do universities even bother having law degrees anymore. Surely corporate firms should start insisting that students need a strong degree subject in something that will give them a good commercial awareness. What is the point doing a law degree?

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  • Ludicrous comments from law students. Here's the clear reality, from a City lawyer - nothing you learn on your law degree is of any use to a City firm. Nothing you learn on your GDL or LPC is either. You're simply a document monkey. Law firms need reasonably bright people to man the pumps in the due diligence rooms, not academic lawyers. Do something interesting; at least you'll have a hinterland of more interesting chat to have with your fellow trainees at midnight.

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