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I've just finished my law degree (expecting a 2:1 come july, hooray!) and honestly it hasn't been what I wanted to do since the end of second year. The pay looks good but the workload that comes with being a solicitor just seems far too full-on, and I enjoy more fringe aspects of the topic than specifically loving 'building working relationships' and other stuff law firms seem to want.

Coupled with what feels like a complete failure by my university to help (repeated careers advice meetings "just go look on Prospects. Bye!" ) I've finished my degree and really have no idea where to go or what to do. I'd like to apply my degree since I've got it, but I don't have the experience (did a week's work experience way back in high school and that's the only office/legal work experience I have.) or really the drive to push to be a solicitor. So now I'm stuck applying for bottom-rung dead-end jobs, and applying to training contracts without any real desire or expectation of getting them (and no real idea what they even mean by 'seats')

So yeah, are there any other careers in law I could look at, or better yet other ways to apply/use my degree that don't result in working in a boring office environment forever?


I'm fully aware it's too late to be posting this and I should have been considering this way back in year one, but I didn't, so I'm here now.


Thanks!
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Bazza? Obviously the downside to this is that you'll be in the bun fight for pupillage.

You don't have to do corporate/commercial stuff. Yes, if you want to make the big dollar you'll need to get good at going out and winning a firm corporate work (which is what they mean by 'building working relationships'), but CPS or high street solicitors can be on their feet in court pretty regularly. GLS is a non-corporate environment too which gives out a decent number of TCs.

Other than that, there's the academia route and specialist professions like patent attorneys.

A few people go into contract negotiation work, but if you don't like the commercial side that's probably less appealing than the sol route.
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I've just finished my law degree (expecting a 2:1 come july, hooray!) and honestly it hasn't been what I wanted to do since the end of second year. The pay looks good but the workload that comes with being a solicitor just seems far too full-on, and I enjoy more fringe aspects of the topic than specifically loving 'building working relationships' and other stuff law firms seem to want.

Coupled with what feels like a complete failure by my university to help (repeated careers advice meetings "just go look on Prospects. Bye!" ) I've finished my degree and really have no idea where to go or what to do. I'd like to apply my degree since I've got it, but I don't have the experience (did a week's work experience way back in high school and that's the only office/legal work experience I have.) or really the drive to push to be a solicitor. So now I'm stuck applying for bottom-rung dead-end jobs, and applying to training contracts without any real desire or expectation of getting them (and no real idea what they even mean by 'seats'

So yeah, are there any other careers in law I could look at, or better yet other ways to apply/use my degree that don't result in working in a boring office environment forever?


I'm fully aware it's too late to be posting this and I should have been considering this way back in year one, but I didn't, so I'm here now.


Thanks!
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I'm quite surprised someone suggested barrister...

Don't worry about not wanting to be a sol - don't bother trying to get a TC - you can always go back to law later in life.

Have a look at Jobs Go Public and Charity Jobs and see if anything grabs you - you will start to see the breadth of jobs available - you are going to need something to get you out of the traps works-wise if you haven't ever had a job before - (really?)

There is no real rush, you just think there is. If you end up in a dead-end type job to pay the bills, try and get some vol work to build up skills and keep an open mind.

there are lots of things where a legal bg is useful - also have a look at local authority jobs and jobs in govt or parliament - that kind of thing. you will be OK


(Original post by Boomsc)
I've just finished my law degree (expecting a 2:1 come july, hooray!) and honestly it hasn't been what I wanted to do since the end of second year. The pay looks good but the workload that comes with being a solicitor just seems far too full-on, and I enjoy more fringe aspects of the topic than specifically loving 'building working relationships' and other stuff law firms seem to want.

Coupled with what feels like a complete failure by my university to help (repeated careers advice meetings "just go look on Prospects. Bye!" ) I've finished my degree and really have no idea where to go or what to do. I'd like to apply my degree since I've got it, but I don't have the experience (did a week's work experience way back in high school and that's the only office/legal work experience I have.) or really the drive to push to be a solicitor. So now I'm stuck applying for bottom-rung dead-end jobs, and applying to training contracts without any real desire or expectation of getting them (and no real idea what they even mean by 'seats')

So yeah, are there any other careers in law I could look at, or better yet other ways to apply/use my degree that don't result in working in a boring office environment forever?


I'm fully aware it's too late to be posting this and I should have been considering this way back in year one, but I didn't, so I'm here now.


Thanks!
(Original post by Boomsc)
I've just finished my law degree (expecting a 2:1 come july, hooray!) and honestly it hasn't been what I wanted to do since the end of second year. The pay looks good but the workload that comes with being a solicitor just seems far too full-on, and I enjoy more fringe aspects of the topic than specifically loving 'building working relationships' and other stuff law firms seem to want.

Coupled with what feels like a complete failure by my university to help (repeated careers advice meetings "just go look on Prospects. Bye!" ) I've finished my degree and really have no idea where to go or what to do. I'd like to apply my degree since I've got it, but I don't have the experience (did a week's work experience way back in high school and that's the only office/legal work experience I have.) or really the drive to push to be a solicitor. So now I'm stuck applying for bottom-rung dead-end jobs, and applying to training contracts without any real desire or expectation of getting them (and no real idea what they even mean by 'seats')

So yeah, are there any other careers in law I could look at, or better yet other ways to apply/use my degree that don't result in working in a boring office environment forever?


I'm fully aware it's too late to be posting this and I should have been considering this way back in year one, but I didn't, so I'm here now.


Thanks!
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(Original post by Boomsc)
I've just finished my law degree (expecting a 2:1 come july, hooray!) and honestly it hasn't been what I wanted to do since the end of second year. The pay looks good but the workload that comes with being a solicitor just seems far too full-on, and I enjoy more fringe aspects of the topic than specifically loving 'building working relationships' and other stuff law firms seem to want.

Coupled with what feels like a complete failure by my university to help (repeated careers advice meetings "just go look on Prospects. Bye!" ) I've finished my degree and really have no idea where to go or what to do. I'd like to apply my degree since I've got it, but I don't have the experience (did a week's work experience way back in high school and that's the only office/legal work experience I have.) or really the drive to push to be a solicitor. So now I'm stuck applying for bottom-rung dead-end jobs, and applying to training contracts without any real desire or expectation of getting them (and no real idea what they even mean by 'seats'

So yeah, are there any other careers in law I could look at, or better yet other ways to apply/use my degree that don't result in working in a boring office environment forever?


I'm fully aware it's too late to be posting this and I should have been considering this way back in year one, but I didn't, so I'm here now.


Thanks!
So you say that you have no work experience, yet you've already decided that being a solicitor is boring? Clearly you are not very informed about the legal profession.
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You can be a legal secretary, paralegal or legal executive.
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You can be a legal secretary, paralegal or legal executive.
OP doesn't want to be stuck in a boring office
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