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    Hi All,

    I've just finished the GDL and if I don't get a TC sorted I plan to work for the year to get some legal experience. I met with a recruiter yesterday who suggested a job in compliance which I had never really considered before.

    I was just wondering whether or not it would provide me with good legal experience when applying for TCs or is a job as a paralegal the way to go?

    It all sounded very promising but I don't know if he was just trying to sell it to me.

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    My view is that your best bet is to gain experience as a paralegal; you end up at the sharp end of practice and you end up with real experience to draw on. Compliance work would still be valuable, but as a paralegal you'll wind up doing the work of a solicitor anyway and so it doesn't really get much better than that.
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    I suppose the alternative view is to consider what area of compliance - obviously there is a lot! If you are getting directly relevant experience to where you are aiming to go then it could set you apart from those who have paralegal experience.

    Also - might your compliance experience give you another route into a TC - perhaps building up contacts with lawyers that might pay off for you in another way?

    you will certainly end up with a broad knowledge/good idea of how people DON'T comply that will be informative for you.
 
 
 
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