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Hi all,

This is my first post! Hoping you can help with something.

I graduated in 2012 with a history degree. I've been pretty successful since then - but I am thinking about a career change to law. It is something that has always appealed to me, but has been difficult due to money concerns, supporting my partner through uni etc. He graduates next year - so it would be the perfect time for me to go and do my law conversion. it's a tricky decision, because I know I will be taking a big pay cut even after I qualify initially (if I ever manage to!!) and obviously it's really tough and competitive to get a training contract - but I think I will always regret it if I don't at least try.

I was looking at training contracts and am a bit confused about when I should apply for one. I see that currently firms are taking applications mainly for 2018. When they say 2018, do they count that as when you start your LPC, or are they expecting you to have done your LPC before that and therefore officially start your training contract with them in 2018?

I hope that makes sense! I aim to do my law conversion in sept 2017, followed by LPC straight after that in 2018 - so should I be applying now?

Apologies if this all seems very basic to you, and thank you all in advance
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(Original post by westldngirl)
Hi all,

This is my first post! Hoping you can help with something.

I graduated in 2012 with a history degree. I've been pretty successful since then - but I am thinking about a career change to law. It is something that has always appealed to me, but has been difficult due to money concerns, supporting my partner through uni etc. He graduates next year - so it would be the perfect time for me to go and do my law conversion. it's a tricky decision, because I know I will be taking a big pay cut even after I qualify initially (if I ever manage to!!) and obviously it's really tough and competitive to get a training contract - but I think I will always regret it if I don't at least try.

I was looking at training contracts and am a bit confused about when I should apply for one. I see that currently firms are taking applications mainly for 2018. When they say 2018, do they count that as when you start your LPC, or are they expecting you to have done your LPC before that and therefore officially start your training contract with them in 2018?

I hope that makes sense! I aim to do my law conversion in sept 2017, followed by LPC straight after that in 2018 - so should I be applying now?

Apologies if this all seems very basic to you, and thank you all in advance
1. The date is for when they expect you to be starting the TC i.e after LPC and GDL. If you get the right firm they will pay for both.

2.From what you say above you should be applying for the 2019 intake or later as thats when you will be ready to commence a TC.
http://www.lawcareers.net/Solicitors/CareerPath
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1. The date is for when they expect you to be starting the TC i.e after LPC and GDL. If you get the right firm they will pay for both.

2.From what you say above you should be applying for the 2019 intake or later as thats when you will be ready to commence a TC.
http://www.lawcareers.net/Solicitors/CareerPath
Thank you!
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Do you mind if I ask what uni you graduated from and what class of honours you obtained?


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