Is it worth taking a year out to get more expierience? Any advice welcome Watch

Kates297
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 8 years ago
#1
Okay...so I graduate in July and I hope to gain a 2.1 in an LLB Law with Criminal Justice degree. I spent a lot of time last summer applying for training contracts, a search which proved fruitless. The thought of paying £10,000 pounds to complete an LPC, which would be essentially useless without a training contract, terrifies me. As such, I am at a loss as to what to do next year. I had considered doing a masters, but on further research it would appear that this wouldn't really benefit me in the long run. I am considering taking a year out in which to build up some legal work expierience as I have very little that is directly relevant to law, and I know how highly coveted expierience is when trying to obtain a TC. I am also considering applying to find some legal expierience abroad aswell as within the borders of the UK. Would this move be beneficial to me or would it be a waste of a year? Please help as for the first time in my life I really don't know which path is the best to take!
Thanks for your time,
Kate
0
reply
FMQ
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#2
Report 8 years ago
#2
(Original post by Kates297)
Okay...so I graduate in July and I hope to gain a 2.1 in an LLB Law with Criminal Justice degree. I spent a lot of time last summer applying for training contracts, a search which proved fruitless. The thought of paying £10,000 pounds to complete an LPC, which would be essentially useless without a training contract, terrifies me. As such, I am at a loss as to what to do next year. I had considered doing a masters, but on further research it would appear that this wouldn't really benefit me in the long run. I am considering taking a year out in which to build up some legal work expierience as I have very little that is directly relevant to law, and I know how highly coveted expierience is when trying to obtain a TC. I am also considering applying to find some legal expierience abroad aswell as within the borders of the UK. Would this move be beneficial to me or would it be a waste of a year? Please help as for the first time in my life I really don't know which path is the best to take!
Thanks for your time,
Kate
Very good idea. Also continuing to work and doing LPC part time very sensible.
0
reply
elin89
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#3
Report 8 years ago
#3
This is what I'm doing - I'm graduating this year with a non-law degree and don't have much law-based experience (I think this is why I have had so little success in getting vacation schemes) so I'm taking a year to get more experience. I do languages, so had last year abroad and really loved it, so was considering taking another year anyway, so this works out quite well. I'll be spending my year doing whatever law experience i can interspersed with running back off to Russia and France. That way I should be able to apply for vacation schemes and then TCs for 2014 - theres no way i would do the GDL and LPC without a training contract.
0
reply
elizza
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#4
Report 8 years ago
#4
I am in a similar situation to you. I will be completing my GDL this year and have not secured a TC. I am therefore planning to take a year out, gain some legal experience and generally strengthen my CV.

I don't think that taking a year out is a waste of time, not if you use the time to develop skills, gain legal experience etc. Personally I think that whether the experience is in the UK or abroad will be fine as long as you can use your experiences and apply them to the key competencies when completing the apps.

Did you manage to gain any interviews through your TC applications? If not then maybe you could also get someone to look through your apps and see if there is anything you can work on. This will help you next time around.

Also, if you weren't to take a year out you will need to consider how you would finance your LPC. I know that for me it would be a struggle to fund myself especially now that Natwest have withdrawn their loan!
0
reply
kaybone93
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#5
Report 8 years ago
#5
My freind is in a similar situation to all of you, his doing a masters as well as legal work experience, dont know how useful the masters will be though.
0
reply
Fysidiko
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#6
Report 8 years ago
#6
(Original post by Kates297)
Okay...so I graduate in July and I hope to gain a 2.1 in an LLB Law with Criminal Justice degree. I spent a lot of time last summer applying for training contracts, a search which proved fruitless. The thought of paying £10,000 pounds to complete an LPC, which would be essentially useless without a training contract, terrifies me. As such, I am at a loss as to what to do next year. I had considered doing a masters, but on further research it would appear that this wouldn't really benefit me in the long run. I am considering taking a year out in which to build up some legal work expierience as I have very little that is directly relevant to law, and I know how highly coveted expierience is when trying to obtain a TC. I am also considering applying to find some legal expierience abroad aswell as within the borders of the UK. Would this move be beneficial to me or would it be a waste of a year? Please help as for the first time in my life I really don't know which path is the best to take!
Thanks for your time,
Kate
An important question is where you would like to do a TC. Would you only be happy working at a big commercial firm or are you considering smaller firms outside the City?
0
reply
Kates297
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#7
Report Thread starter 8 years ago
#7
My ideal job would be in the city specialising in criminal law, or for the CPS...However I realise that TC's really are the "bottleneck" stage so I am more than willing to comprimise and work for a regional firm.
0
reply
nulli tertius
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#8
Report 8 years ago
#8
(Original post by Kates297)
My ideal job would be in the city specialising in criminal law, or for the CPS...However I realise that TC's really are the "bottleneck" stage so I am more than willing to comprimise and work for a regional firm.
I think you need to gain a greater understanding of the work different types of law firms do.

Virtually all of the City firms have stopped doing even "heavy" white collar fraud or regulatory prosecution defence work.
1
reply
Schott
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#9
Report 8 years ago
#9
Fantastic idea. Get some legal OR commercial experience for a year (any large company will do) and apply for TCs during that year. Hopefully then you will also get your LPC funded.
1
reply
Steph90
Badges: 9
#10
Report 8 years ago
#10
(Original post by tony_ron)
Fantastic idea. Get some legal OR commercial experience for a year (any large company will do) and apply for TCs during that year. Hopefully then you will also get your LPC funded.
What kind of commercial experience would you reccomend?
0
reply
Schott
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#11
Report 8 years ago
#11
(Original post by Steph90)
What kind of commercial experience would you reccomend?
It can literally be any kind of business/administrative role within a company. Obviously the more businessy the role the better but this isn't essential.

For instance I just did 5 months' worth of summer work at a large defence engineering company. I got to witness they signing supply contracts, the problems they were facing, the challenges in meeting the production targets, and the competitors of the company. But you could equally get this from working at the business administrative centres of anything from supermarkets to oil companies to travel companies to estate agents.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Have you registered to vote?

Yes! (551)
37.82%
No - but I will (114)
7.82%
No - I don't want to (102)
7%
No - I can't vote (<18, not in UK, etc) (690)
47.36%

Watched Threads

View All