(Original post by smp11)
I'm due to study the LPC at the College of Law in September but I'm just wondering whether it's a really bad idea and I should knock it on the head. Here's my story, in bullet-point form for easy reading:
- I got AAA in my A-Levels and chose to study Law at Cardiff. Going to Cardiff is a big regret of mine and I can only attribute it to a subconscious desire to stay near my home (I was a very young 17 when making my choices and was quite slow to mature emotionally).
- First year at Cardiff went well academically, I got a very neat 64-65-66-67. I knew two people on the course from school and didn't really make friends with anyone else, and didn't bother with any societies etc, again something which I now massively regret, though I got on well with my flatmates.
- Second and third years went terribly, aside from a 68 in Jurisprudence every other module was 2:2, ranging from 52 in Employment Law to 59 in Land Law. I decided at this point that I didn't really want to pursue Law and graduated without applying anywhere (legal or otherwise). Due to my lack of friends I became very down, bordering on depressed. I physically couldn't face going to an Evidence seminar at one point, such was the state my head was in. Work was a chore, I found no joy in any aspect of life, and spent my days mindlessly browsing the internet. It's little wonder that I got a 2:2.
- looking back I'm genuinely angry with myself for wasting such an excellent opportunity as university. I am a 2:1 student any day of the week but recruiters will put my application in the bin simply because it says 2:2, and I can't blame anyone but myself for that.
- I drifted from awful temp job to awful temp job until I decided to do a Masters in Public Law at Bristol, with the idea of possibly doing further study and becoming an academic if I found an area that interested me. Grades were much better (something like 64, 68, 69, 72 though I can't remember exactly). My dissertation though was poor (56, it was marked down for not being critical enough) so I ended up with just a pass rather than a merit or distinction.
- after finishing the LLM I got a HR admin job in a major bank. I did the job for over a year before being promoted to a HR Advisor role in March 2011. This job earns me decent money (around £22k) but I don't generally enjoy it, and future progression doesn't look promising. It's purely telephony based and I would much rather deal with people face-to-face. That said, it is good experience, and relevant to a career in Law due to the Employment Law aspect. I spoke to a Careers Advisor at COL who said that this job would look genuinely impressive on my CV, though obviously not as valuable as legal experience itself.
- in 2010 I applied for and got accepted on the LPC at COL. I have deferred it the last two years, and lately I've genuinely been considering doing it from this September. The way I see it, I have a profession waiting for me and I should grab it with both hands and take the plunge. I've also realised that what I mistook for a disinterest in Law was just disinterest in life which I have now sorted. I am genuinely interested by Law and would happily do it for the rest of my career.
- yesterday I applied for a TC and Vacation Scheme at a regional firm and got a message back this morning saying they couldn't progress my application as it's company policy that only those with a 2:1 are recruited. I've then done some research online and it seems that the market is so bad that those with 2:2s are just throwing away £10,000 and might as well not bother.
Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. Am I being foolish in considering throwing away a decent job in the middle of a recession? Is there any chance of me securing a TC at a vaguely decent firm? Does the LLM and the work experience (albeit not legal experience) help?