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    Hi to anybody who can help.

    I am currently considering a career change from recruiting in to law. I know that I will have to apply for the 2018 intakes now to stand a chance at a Magic or Silver Circle firm which I intend to join. I have the academic grades at the very least.

    However, I have a few queries and maybe somebody can help so I thank you in advance.

    First of all, I am keen to find out whether I need to have secured a place on the GDL first before applying for the training contracts?

    Second of all, would I be able to spread the GDL over two years and still gain a contract, or must it be undertaken in one?

    Thirdly, if I was to spread the GDL over two years, and work part time, what sort of work should I do to which will put me in good stead for a solicitor role?

    Thanks,
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    (Original post by jebediahfitch)
    Hi to anybody who can help.

    I am currently considering a career change from recruiting in to law. I know that I will have to apply for the 2018 intakes now to stand a chance at a Magic or Silver Circle firm which I intend to join. I have the academic grades at the very least.

    However, I have a few queries and maybe somebody can help so I thank you in advance.

    First of all, I am keen to find out whether I need to have secured a place on the GDL first before applying for the training contracts?

    Second of all, would I be able to spread the GDL over two years and still gain a contract, or must it be undertaken in one?

    Thirdly, if I was to spread the GDL over two years, and work part time, what sort of work should I do to which will put me in good stead for a solicitor role?

    Thanks,
    No you don't have to apply to GDL before getting the training contract. In my case I got the contract first and then only applied to the GDL thereafter because I wouldn't have done the GDL self-funded.

    You can do it over two years depending on the firm you get a training contract with. Any reason why? most firms give you a living allowance for the GDL and LPC but if you split the GDL over two years you still only got the total GDL amount, they don't give you double if you get me. But then I guess if you are working part time that would make it up for it.

    If you need to do two years of GDL and LPC you wouldn't be able to start your training contract until at least March 2019.

    What subject are you doing at undergraduate? Do you have any vacation schemes? Once you have got the training contract, doing legal experience would only really be for your benefit. I have an MC training contract and I do not plan to do any legal work before commencing my training in March 2018 after doing the GDL and LPC.

    Feel free to ask me any questions.
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    Apply for winter vac schemes this Autumn, and between then try to use some of your contacts as a recruiter to get any in-house legal work shadowing until then.

    Also apply for open days and some of the general commercial law events (citylawlive). You might want to also look at some career changer events - there are a few each year and if you are based in London, go along to the London Law Fair or go back to your uni and attend their legal careers fair.


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    (Original post by Ethereal World)
    No you don't have to apply to GDL before getting the training contract. In my case I got the contract first and then only applied to the GDL thereafter because I wouldn't have done the GDL self-funded.

    You can do it over two years depending on the firm you get a training contract with. Any reason why? most firms give you a living allowance for the GDL and LPC but if you split the GDL over two years you still only got the total GDL amount, they don't give you double if you get me. But then I guess if you are working part time that would make it up for it.

    If you need to do two years of GDL and LPC you wouldn't be able to start your training contract until at least March 2019.

    What subject are you doing at undergraduate? Do you have any vacation schemes? Once you have got the training contract, doing legal experience would only really be for your benefit. I have an MC training contract and I do not plan to do any legal work before commencing my training in March 2018 after doing the GDL and LPC.

    Feel free to ask me any questions.
    That is very helpful thank you. My preference would be to do the GDL in one chunk if I am honest. Why would I only be able to start in March 2019 if i did it over two years?
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    (Original post by jebediahfitch)
    That is very helpful thank you. My preference would be to do the GDL in one chunk if I am honest. Why would I only be able to start in March 2019 if i did it over two years?
    Well, the soonest you can start a GDL is in September this year. If you are doing it over two full years part-time you will finish in July (ish) 2018.

    Everyone, whether they have a GDL law qualification or university degree qualification HAS to undertake a Legal Practice Course before starting a training contract. Most MC and SC firms will have a tailored LPC that they run in conjunction with BPP. This is accelerated and takes around 7 months, although a general LPC will take longer.

    As you will finish the GDL part-time in July 2018, you wil then start the LPC immediately after and this will take you through to February 2019 if you are doing an accelerated one. If you are doing a normal LPC you wouldn't start til September 2019 Then you will start the training contract.

    The same stands for if you did the GDL over one year but just everythinng on the timeline pushed back a year.
 
 
 
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