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    Hey all,

    Sorry to be annoying and post a similar thread that has been answered many times, but I'd love to hear your thoughts...

    So I graduated in 2012 with a First in my LLB, I'm now at Oxford studying my MSc, I've had legal placements every year since 2009 and I am on the hunt for that elusive TC. As you all know the current economic climate is really tough and so I have been thinking,

    (1) Shall I go off and do the LPC and hope that I'll find a TC... I do want to join a family law firm as that's my passion =) and I have no real desire to join the big City firms if I am honest!

    (2) Take years out and not do it till I get a TC.

    The issue I have with this is, what should I be doing? I had some good advice about trainee account management jobs, paralegal jobs all tend to want LPC grads, but if anyone else can think of good jobs that will help me in my TC hunt, please let me know.

    (3) I've also had an offer to do an internship with a firm, but the reviews and people working there have said to me, do not bother. Basically, they will make you work for a month unpaid and then MAY take you on as a caseworker, but it's just awful conditions. Do I bite the bullet and just go... or find something else?

    Any thoughts would be GREAT!
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    In regards to (2), have you identified firms specialising in family law which would fund the LPC for trainees? I'm not very clued up with family law but I would imagine firms specialising in this area would not fund the LPC, and probably take on LPC graduates as paralegals prior to offering TCs.

    My point is I don't think you'd be offered a TC in this area prior to law school, unless I'm wrong...?
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    (Original post by AP1989)
    In regards to (2), have you identified firms specialising in family law which would fund the LPC for trainees? I'm not very clued up with family law but I would imagine firms specialising in this area would not fund the LPC, and probably take on LPC graduates as paralegals prior to offering TCs.

    My point is I don't think you'd be offered a TC in this area prior to law school, unless I'm wrong...?
    This is true although some of the 'bigger and more respectable' ones do offer a year ahead... It's all confusing for me. But a big number of the ones I want to join say you NEED that LPC.... such a big risk
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    (Original post by tizzybelle)
    This is true although some of the 'bigger and more respectable' ones do offer a year ahead... It's all confusing for me. But a big number of the ones I want to join say you NEED that LPC.... such a big risk
    Oh right, interesting. I know what you mean, when I was still at uni I was quite against the idea of self-funding but looking back I feel a bit naive. It's a lot more common that I initially thought and a good number of people do seem to gain training contracts afterwards (obviously some don't) - with some paralegal work behind them as well. Outside of corporate law pretty much everyone has to self-fund.

    In terms of what you should be doing atm in order to increase your chances with the firms offering a year ahead/prior to self-funding the LPC: If you said you were set on becoming a corporate lawyer I'd tell you you've got a big uphill battle in terms of finding relevant work (i.e. paralegal) without the LPC. But with family law (and social-welfare law) you are likely to find opportunities to get involved, but probably on a voluntary basis i.e. law centres and legal charities relevant to family law. Obviously don't expect exposure to any high end work or paralegal jobs without the LPC, unless you've got excellent family law experience already. Although it's still possible, my situation is different to yours but I took a year out after a law degree and did various non-law internships but have managed to land a paralegal job with a central government department - without the LPC.
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    (Original post by AP1989)
    Oh right, interesting. I know what you mean, when I was still at uni I was quite against the idea of self-funding but looking back I feel a bit naive. It's a lot more common that I initially thought and a good number of people do seem to gain training contracts afterwards (obviously some don't) - with some paralegal work behind them as well. Outside of corporate law pretty much everyone has to self-fund.

    In terms of what you should be doing atm in order to increase your chances with the firms offering a year ahead/prior to self-funding the LPC: If you said you were set on becoming a corporate lawyer I'd tell you you've got a big uphill battle in terms of finding relevant work (i.e. paralegal) without the LPC. But with family law (and social-welfare law) you are likely to find opportunities to get involved, but probably on a voluntary basis i.e. law centres and legal charities relevant to family law. Obviously don't expect exposure to any high end work or paralegal jobs without the LPC, unless you've got excellent family law experience already. Although it's still possible, my situation is different to yours but I took a year out after a law degree and did various non-law internships but have managed to land a paralegal job with a central government department - without the LPC.
    It's true about lots of people going on it without one, my friend literally landed a fantastic paralegal job today that will lead to a TC hopefully. Gives me hope!!! I'm really glad you managed to score an awesome paralegal job, sounds great. Will you be doing the LPC or the CILEX route?
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    (Original post by tizzybelle)
    It's true about lots of people going on it without one, my friend literally landed a fantastic paralegal job today that will lead to a TC hopefully. Gives me hope!!! I'm really glad you managed to score an awesome paralegal job, sounds great. Will you be doing the LPC or the CILEX route?
    So it does happen, haha, thanks - perseverance is key! I'll be doing the LPC route, as far as I'm aware CILEX isn't relevant if you intend to train one day, and I thought it was aimed at non-graduates. I'm actually going to centre visits at law schools today, I'm waiting on a small number of applications, so if one of those magically worked out that would be amazing, but if not, I should be starting this September.
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    (Original post by AP1989)
    So it does happen, haha, thanks - perseverance is key! I'll be doing the LPC route, as far as I'm aware CILEX isn't relevant if you intend to train one day, and I thought it was aimed at non-graduates. I'm actually going to centre visits at law schools today, I'm waiting on a small number of applications, so if one of those magically worked out that would be amazing, but if not, I should be starting this September.
    I thought that too about CILEX - but if you have the LLB you can fast track basically and do less studying - you just do the actual practical modules or something. Good luck with it all - really, really hope it'll work out for you!!!
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    (Original post by tizzybelle)
    I thought that too about CILEX - but if you have the LLB you can fast track basically and do less studying - you just do the actual practical modules or something. Good luck with it all - really, really hope it'll work out for you!!!
    Cheers, you too!
 
 
 
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