Mature candidates evince true grit

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  • I'm 52 and currently approaching the end of my 2nd year studying for my law degree and so far am heading for a 2:1. I was apprehensive at the start of my first year with all the bright young things at uni. They didn't have a lifetime of baggage crammed into their brain that had to make way for the deluge of legal information that has to be retained. However, I have over 25 years experience as an insurance broker and know how life and business work and found I could easily apply my skills to learning and applying the law. In fact my age and experiences have been a huge benefit. I will happily speak up at all seminars or in lectures while everyone else is looking down and shuffling papers hoping they won't be asked questions! I have found a voracious appetite for learning and love law immensely. Plus my experience in dealing with directors of multi-million pound companies in the past means I am not phased in meetings or look too young to know anything! My fellow students will gain in confidence over time, once they start their training contracts but I will be ready the moment my LPC is completed. The problem I know I will have is that a younger person will have a lot more working years available to them whereas I will have maybe only 20 years + (I hope). However I know I will be able to give 20 years of 100% hard work and total commitment, - I've had my children and don't want just a job but an all consuming career doing something I love! It'll be interesting to see if I can get a training contract and whoever gets me will be getting a lot more than just a law graduate!

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  • Um, older you have no chance. Of all the mature students on my LPC course, all had experience in bucket loads, but that itsn't what law firms want. They want bright 24 year olds who will work 18 hour days and weekends with the promise of partnership in 20 years.

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