News Business Leadership Law firms Profession welcomes mature students into ranks By The Lawyer 21 June 2009 00:00 17 December 2015 16:00 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 Metallica 23 June 2009 at 11:20 Very well done!! Mature candidates are the way to go. You wouldn’t believe how many trainees I have seen who have no common sense, no maturity and no manners. You never get those traits with mature candidates who provide more value to a business in terms of expertise and personality. Reply Link Adrian 25 June 2009 at 11:03 I am heartened to see such instances of mature graduates entering the profession, it gives me hope! I am 37 and have always wanted to enter the legal profession, with current commitments and my own software company it’s not likely to happen anytime soon but hearing that the door is never closed makes me more determined to make my dream happen, however long it takes. Reply Link Metallica 25 June 2009 at 15:07 IP and IT law would be good for you Adrian. It’ll be good if you start to build your contacts now before doing your conversion course. Perhaps join The Society for Computers & Law. Network, get to be mates with IP/IT private practice lawyers and in-house lawyers. By the time you apply for a training contract, you’ll need every resource available because the competition will be tough. A firm will be impressed if you have a wide network. A wide network = contacts = potential clients = £££. Reply Link Dawn -Law student 27 June 2009 at 13:20 Congratulations to Steve, it fills me with hope and encouragement to hear stories such as this. As a mature law student age 47 approaching my final year on the LLB, I now feel more determined than ever to look forward and be hopeful of gaining a training contract and becoming a solicitor. Well done. Reply Link Sue Jackson 18 July 2009 at 22:28 These comments are so heartening to read. I have just finished the LPC aged 43 and am due to start my training contract with Anthony Gold this September. I too have volunteered for the past 2-3 years with the Citizens Advice Bureau and thoroughly enjoyed my time there and learnt so much. Older candidates have so much to offer in terms of maturity, life experience, experience of dealing with problems and people that can only benefit the legal profession overall – not to mention other professions such as medicine. Reply Link Martin Lloyd-Penny 24 July 2009 at 12:00 This is a great example of why experience counts. We are providing a service for mature lawyers and I hope that this encourages our candidates many of whom think that being over 50 is the end of their career. Reply Link Mark Sheard 2 September 2009 at 10:44 In an inspirational moment I decided to think about this. I am 47 and specialise in securing telecoms deals for clients but have no idae how I would go about becoming lawler or the feasibility at my age. Google led me here and it has given me some food for thought. Thanks. If anyone has nay gudiance that would of course be appreciated. Reply Link Katy 4 September 2009 at 23:12 Goodness- well done to all. I am 28 and have a business degree and I am currently doing my masters whilst working in sales for a medical company full time. I am considering a law career, althoughpeople keep telling me i’m too old!!! and that its too competitive unless you attend Oxbridge. Reply Link Sue Jackson 7 September 2009 at 21:46 Believe me, 28 is not too old (from where I stand). When I first when to a careers adviser saying I was thinking about doing law, the reaction I got was that law was very old-fashioned and conventional, I got really put off. From my experience, depending on which firms you target, I really think things are changing. I really believe law firms are after people who can communicate well (both orally and written) and have good business sense – of course as well as academic knowledge. Definitely not just Oxbridge. Reply Link Navid sardar 18 September 2009 at 15:26 Having just accepted a place on the GDL at the BPP next year, Mr Willey’s story has provided a much needed fillip to my quaking 41 year old ego. i’m embarking on the quest for funding, scholarships and diminishing training contracts with an unhealthy vigour from somebody of my age. Reply Link Akin Smith 7 July 2011 at 14:16 What an inspiration this is! It was just yesterday that I began to seriously consider studying law as a mature student. I was at the University of Cambridge Law Faculty Open Day with my son, and found the whole day extremely stimulating. My mother is a retired Nigerian High Court judge, who had prior to the bench, spent several years at the bar in Nigeria; so I did consider law when I was in my teens. However, at that time, it was medicine for me…although post-qualification, I left medicine after only 2 years and a bit. Now at 45, and in IT, I’m wondering what I would do when I grow up?? And Law now has a new and greater than ever appeal. I have several questions though, and one of them is what would be the best route into legal practice as a barrister for a 45 year old with a 20 year old medical degree from outside of the EU? Reply Link Anonymous 10 July 2011 at 10:35 I am delighted to have found this page. I’m applying for the London Uni International Programmes LLB… and my husband is planning on doing the same. As a practising doctor, I’m not sure that I’ll completely change career but I’m fascinated by law and want to do the LLB for self satisfaction (!) I guess my husband might change tack though… especially if he thinks it’s a realistic prospect! Reply Link Kwesi Hughes 11 July 2011 at 16:12 @Akin – you can get information at http://www.lawcareers.net/Courses/GDL.aspx The essential answer to your question at this webpage is that “[Y]ou must take a conversion course known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)… To be eligible for the GDL, students must hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) from a UK institution or a foreign institution which the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) considers to be an equivalent,” which suggests that you ought to google the SRA, and call them. An alternative route is through ILEX, as also explained there. Hope that helps as a start. Reply Link Anonymous 20 February 2012 at 22:29 Very well done ! I am als mature law student (52) doing my sixth and final year with the OU. I would love to think that I will be as fortunate as this gentleman. Well here’s hoping! Reply Link pozzson 23 December 2012 at 02:27 Please please do not believe this story. In my early 40’s I passed the CPE and LPC in the mid 1990’s. I tried every conceivable avenue to obtain a training contract with absolutely no response from hundreds of firms. The legal profession run these stories every year and encourage many people to spend thousands of pounds and years of their life who end up with nothing. Please only consider this career if you obtain a Training contract before embraking on the LPC. Reply Link Anonymous 17 August 2013 at 23:26 As a mature trainee who will qualify next year at the age of 40, the value of my age and life experience is becoming more and more apparent as my training contract progresses. Having said that, I do sometimes wonder whether I am too old to be embarking on a new career and so this story and the subsequent comments are both a comfort and a breath of fresh air. Best of luck to all! Reply Link Anonymous 4 September 2015 at 10:14 I am a qualified nurse and for years have wanted to get into the legal profession. I would like some advice on how to start the journey. I would be entering as a mature student Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.