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LegalGrad
Posted - 12 June 2018 21:28
Hi all.

I am a recent RG 2:1 law grad (2017). Was unsure about doing law as a career. I have been told I have a very defeatist mindset and I don't sell myself enough.

I have some legal work experience (very limited) from before/during uni, but nothing since about 2015. I have applied for entry level legal positions but no such luck. After graduating and working full-time in retail, I've had some time to think and I have recently decided that 100% I want to qualify as a solicitor.

I live outside London, but I am interested in moving back to the North to do law. Looking to start the LPC part time with the BPP in January. I have been volunteering with the CAB when I can as a Gateway Assessor and I have really enjoyed it.

I have had a few interviews with law firms. First one went abysmally (admin error totally messed me up), second interview was for a job that I didn't get as it was more finance based and I did not have enough experience. They wanted to send my CV to their legal dept, but I have not heard back from their legal recruitment team.

I have since been applying for as many legal positions as I can, and I know that I have limited experience so it's going to be hard. But is there any point in me trying? Is there really a chance it will happen? Should I quit my full-time retail job and push for as much CAB volunteering as possible and trying to procure more work experience with local firms to bulk my CV out before I start the LPC?

I am considering leaving my retail job and moving back up North and doing CAB work up there and working at firms there. I would be staying with family at this time.

Sorry for the ramble, just feeling a bit lost and I don't want to make a decision I'll regret later.
LegalGrad
Posted - 12 June 2018 21:33
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Also - I am looking to the LLM LPC at BPP for affordability, not for the LLM aspect.
Ash89
Posted - 13 June 2018 13:17
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In what region do you currently live? Would you considering going to London?
LegalGrad
Posted - 13 June 2018 18:43
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I currently live in the South East, but am looking to move to the North West. I really do not want to stay around London. Lived here all of my life and went to uni in the NW.
LegalGrad
Posted - 15 June 2018 02:40
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still massively muddled. Parent thinks I should stay and work around LDN and look for a company that will sponsor my LPC, and that if I move up North I am pigeon holing myself into a part of the country and I'll never see success.

I was looking to pay for the LPC myself.
Ash89
Posted - 16 June 2018 14:16
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Training contracts are a numbers game, and there are more positions in London. If you look at paralegal positions on TotallyLegal, there are 127 in the North West, 271 in London, and 339 in the Southeast.

So, food for thought.

1.) Is there any point of you trying (to get a legal job)?

Yes, if you're interested in a legal career. You're getting interviews so that's a good thing. What has your approach been to applying for jobs so far? Have you tried engaging with a recruiter?

2.) Should I quit my full-time retail job and push for as much CAB volunteering as possible and trying to procure more work experience with local firms to bulk my CV out before I start the LPC?

I'm not sure why you'd quit your full-time job until you have something to go to. If you don't need to work then perhaps volunteering could be beneficial. If you do need money then keep your job, and look for a legal job - unless you can get a good flow temp work.


still massively muddled. Parent thinks I should stay and work around LDN and look for a company that will sponsor my LPC, and that if I move up North I am pigeon holing myself into a part of the country and I'll never see success.

What kind of law would you ideally like to do? Some areas LPC sponsorship is sparse (e.g. criminal, personal injury, etc.) whilst others it's more common (e.g. corporate, commercial, etc.) The type of law will pigeonhole you more than the location, but the location will determine experience. For example, large finance deals are done in London mostly.

Personally, I did my GDL and then the recession hit. The City was a bloodbath and a lot of TCs were cancelled or deferred. I went on to do the LPC. I had previously registered with a few recruiters. Out of the blue, one of them contacted me about a paralegal job and the highlight was my retail experience. I ended up taking that job, and they offered me a TC. I was one of the few people in my GDL/LPC cohort that qualified on time, and many didn't qualify at all.
LegalGrad
Posted - 18 June 2018 23:02
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Hi again - thanks for taking the time to respond.

I am definitely going to keep on trying. The fact that I am getting interviews is definitely a good thing, so I am doing something right.

I'm going to keep applying for the legal jobs until something comes through. I have an interview in the next two weeks for a contract & RM reviewer position. Bit concerned that it's not a paralegal position, but it still sounds like it will be excellent legal experience and will give me some experience around that area of law.

Bit apprehensive as I would ideally like to work around medical negligence or personal injury, but I am happy to take on any work at this point.
Ash89
Posted - 23 June 2018 13:06
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Best of luck. Chin up; shoulders back.