Profession welcomes mature students into ranks

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 = £££.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 lawyer 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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