Mark Pentecost

Never too late for law

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  • Thanks so much for this, you will never know how you've inspired me. I am still completing my LLB with the OU (one more year to go) I am 48 and was feeling a bit left out but reading this has given me hope and the impetus to continue and know that I am not too old to continue. Bless you!

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  • Thank you. I have found myself in a similar position to you. However, I attended the not too late for law event in November and was amazed by how many law firms attended and were interested in talking to us "mature" candidates. I thought I was alone, but thanks to Lawyer2b (and you) I'm not alone. Your article was inspiring and to hear you have a training contract has really lifted me. Congratulations and well done!

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  • Thanks for your post. I am in a similar situation and contemplating whether I should start the LPC now or wait another year. I completed the LLB in 2010, do you think it would be ok to commence the LPC in 2013 or gain more experience in law firm first? I recently had a baby so having the funds to afford the LPC will be difficult .Law is definately the career i want to pursue. I welcome all comments. Thanks

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  • Anonymous, firstly congratulations on having a baby. I am currently studying the LPC and the competition for posts is high! They are drilling in to us that the key is to get as much varied experience as possible but I wouldn't put that above getting the LPC under your wing. I would suggest to do it part time. I am full time but have no family ties or a house to run etc and my life is just the LPC! It's not academic but it is VERY time consuming! Also re funds, I chose LJMU as it had the lowest fees and I made the best choice. Much more class time and support than my friends are experiencing at other unis! Good luck!

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  • Go for it! I qualified in March of this year aged 55. Don't forget the Ilex route. A Fellow with the qualifying employment period, who completes the LPC, doesn't need to do a traning contract

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  • i am approaching my 37th birthday and am thinking about studying law through the Open university undergrauate program.
    But am worried that i am too old and would not have the oppurtunity to work within this field due to my age and firms/partnerships prefering to invest in younger grauates.

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  • Hi Thanks for your sharing. I am 37 and just started CPE. I am a sales person and my income is satisfying, but I start to get bored with it since I have been doing the same work for 14 years. Some told me to drop the idea of changing field to law, because of the time and opportunity cost (I need to study and have to spend much less time at sales work, which in turn earns me much less income). Some said I should earn more money from sales work and retire early. However, some said I should go for my dream, though its outcome is uncertain - I dont even know if I would get employed after I graduate - because of my age and the difficulty of law study.

    Can you anyone give me some advice?


    Honestly I find it difficult to catch up with the teaching, and quite lonely, I dont know if i should carry on or just go back to my sales work and earn money to compensate my boredom...

    What shall I do?

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  • It's heartening to read this article, I was called to the bar five years ago, aged 43, and was unsuccessful in securing even a single interview for pupillage. I was advised by a friend's wife, who is a barrister, that at my age I (and although no barristers' chambers will admit it) will never be hired: ageism does exist and perhaps moreso in the legal world than elsewhere. I plan to do the QLTS and qualify as a solicitor-advocate. Then I *hope* I can get a training contract!

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