Profession welcomes mature students into ranks

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  • 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?

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  • 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!

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  • @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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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