Opinion: Teaching – an easy escape route from law? You’ve got to be kidding By The Lawyer 17 March 2009 11:26 13 December 2015 15:26 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Marjorie 17 March 2009 at 11:42 I agree I think it’s ridiculous that City types will get special treatment on this. I heard on the news that the government is looking at offering these people special recruitment advice to get them back into work as quickly as possible. what about all the people in the lower parts of society that have also been made redundant? there’s no word of a special scheme to help former woollies workers back into work is there? I’ve no doubt many former lawyers could make very good teachers but the fact is teaching requires very different skills to lawyering so they need to train just like everyone else. Fast tracking them through is an insult to all the people that have worked hard to gain their teacher training positions, especially when the former lawyers, who might just be choosing teaching because they can’t think of anything else, will finish their training early and will be able to have the pick of the jobs. Reply Link Anonymous 17 March 2009 at 11:58 Lawyers aren’t intellectually superior Why do lawyer’s always think they’re brighter than everyone else? Just because someone went to a top uni doesn’t mean they will be good at everything – to be a good teacher you need more than just good grades. Reply Link Anonymous 17 March 2009 at 12:44 Moan moan moan Marjorie, the point is that “City Types” usually function at a far more complex level than the average Job Centre employee. They need special provisions to help them find new employment (and have paid for it in spades through their taxes). Woolies employees, while loveable, are not trained for anything and do not need specialist assistance. We can buy our shopping from machines now; the same is not true of bespoke legal advice. I agree, though, that good lawyers do not necessarily make good teachers. Reply Link Anonymous 17 March 2009 at 15:52 Re: Fast track? I find this no different than someone who has done a non-law degree opting to becoming a lawyer by doing the GDL/CPE. The GDL/CPE is usually a one year course (full-time), and some lawyers and law-graduates may feel insulted that a 3 year law degree can be cramped into a year course. Yet many of those on these conversion courses turn out to be great lawyers. So only time will tell whether this scheme will be successfuly or not. Reply Link University person 19 March 2009 at 15:03 Intellectually superior? A spokesman for University said: “We are extremely disappointed and upset that a colleague has chosen to raise issues that were settled with his consent some years ago. If he continues to have issues with the management of examinations, he ought to raise them internally.” Reply Link Anonymous 19 March 2009 at 15:05 trainee Clearly there is a cost implication as well though as non-law students need the GDL fees to be paid in addition to the LPC. Reply Link Anonymous 7 January 2010 at 11:12 i myself am a current gradute of a law degree.. i have always had the prospectus of going into teaching (and due to the current economic climate) and though it may not be easy i can agree that some may see it as a easy escape route from law but at the same time this arguement can be seen as a double edged sword reason bieng that those who also pursue the legal profession spend a lot of time and a LOT of money for something that they may not be able to go into later on thus in return they want security with a profession just like anyone else that they have pursude Reply Link Frank Carsen 18 August 2013 at 13:36 I think your comments about a “former Poly in Wales” do both yourself and the University of Glamorgan a disservice. Incorporation took place 20 years ago. The teachers are just as good (or bad) as the U of G as any other UK university. The only difference is reputation. this results in so called “high flyers” applying to Oxbridge type colleges. I am a lawyer and a law teacher. Having done a PGCE at Cardiff University, and having been teaching for 10 years, I consider teaching (a level) to be very tough. Not only do you need to have an expert subject knowledge but you also have to be extremely creative in devising teaching materials. Get rid of your inferiority complex and stop putting your girlfriend on a stupid pedestal. She is just a lawyer, like you. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.