Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta

Legal vs Non Legal work experience? watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    if given the choice for one type of work (legal vs non legal related), which one is better in terms of securing a TC/VS (at a different law firm) down the line?

    what if the area of law you want to eventually specialise in is completely different to the area of law at the current legal work being offered to you at the moment (and you have no real interest for the latter)? i.e. you don't want to get pigeon-holed this early on in your career...

    but the legal training you'll receive at said current legal related role will take you all the way up to being a fully fledged fee-earner able to progress/take on own cases...

    any thoughts to help a confused layman?

    (haven't done the LPC yet if that makes a difference?)
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    Are you saying you are being offered a legal fee earner job in an area of law you aren't interested in and will that have a detrimental impact on your career?

    Well I suppose you might end up relying on that experience post qual to get a job.

    Depends where you train and what seats.

    If you train at a firm that takes you on it won't matter

    If you don't get taken on then will depend what experience you get in your seats

    You will only get pigeon holed if you get meaningful fee earner exp not just work ex

    I would say legal work exp better for VS and the like but I also think it's extremely helpful to have any work experience.

    Your question was a bit vague!


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Very Important Poster
    Online

    19
    Very Important Poster
    Whilst is handy to get legal work experience, then it depends.

    1. What you are being offered.
    2. the firms.
    3. What experience you already have.
    4. What you wnat to do.
    5. The non legal alternative.

    You are looking at it supporting your application for a TC and how you wll sell those bits of experience that they are useful to the firm you are applying to. Oys a bit hard to answer without knowing more detail becayse they could point you either way.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by glass14)
    if given the choice for one type of work (legal vs non legal related), which one is better in terms of securing a TC/VS (at a different law firm) down the line?

    what if the area of law you want to eventually specialise in is completely different to the area of law at the current legal work being offered to you at the moment (and you have no real interest for the latter)? i.e. you don't want to get pigeon-holed this early on in your career...

    but the legal training you'll receive at said current legal related role will take you all the way up to being a fully fledged fee-earner able to progress/take on own cases...

    any thoughts to help a confused layman?

    (haven't done the LPC yet if that makes a difference?)
    Sounds like the latter will give you greater levels of responsibility and you will enjoy it more - I'd go with the latter even if it isn't directly "legal" work experience. How you spin it to show its relevance to a career in law is up to you.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
 
 
 
Poll
Do you agree with the proposed ban on plastic straws and cotton buds?
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.