I agree with you . My relative , on starting the GDL worked one day a week in a law firm and also did Pro Bono work which demonstrated their drive . Even though their journalism career was short term contracts , apart from an annual holiday they had never not worked which demonstrated a strong work ethic . I feel this is worth mentioning as on application forms they were asked to explain any gaps that were not studying / work / annual holiday .(Original post by J-SP)
I agree with your point about not touching the GDL or LPC until you know for sure this is what you want to do. The issue of sponsorship is not that straight forward for a lot of legal careers, a minority of people entering the legal professions will secure sponsorship prior to starting the course.I've seen plenty of graduates who are not career changers get recruited. Yes, they have a fair amount of work to do to pursue the career, but it is something that can easily be achieved through some work experience, networking and research. It doesn't take that long if your determined enough. I've seen people do it within 3 months, which is no time at all really.Just because someone has thought they wanted to be a lawyer since they were 14 and have all the things people think are tick boxes on their CV (e.g. president of the law society etc), doesn't mean they are suitable. In fact they can sometimes be the worst candidates were their career motivation/expectation is driven by a dream rather than reality.
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