Do the LPC without a training contract or work/get more experience?

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Should I do the LPC without a training contract and hope to get a TC after I finish it or work some legal roles and apply for TC's during that time. My only worry is that I may miss out on support and guidance who could see my applications and help improve it and see areas that need to be addressed If dont do the LPC. What would you guys do?
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Should I do the LPC without a training contract and hope to get a TC after I finish it or work some legal roles and apply for TC's during that time. My only worry is that I may miss out on support and guidance who could see my applications and help improve it and see areas that need to be addressed If dont do the LPC. What would you guys do?
I personally would try working instead. The LPC is such a huge investment financially.

After I finished my GDL I worked for a year as a paralegal and it improved the strength of my applications by so much. The experience really is invaluable and it shows you have a commitment to the career beyond just financial means.
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Only if you had the money easily or you have a confident belief in your abiliy to secure a tc, Be realistic.
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I do the LPC part-time and I work. It can be quite tough because you feel like you're almost split in 2, but in all honesty I am very glad I made the decision. Having that extra year gives you more time to develop and to think carefully about how you can make yourself look more employable.
My grades beforehand were fine but could be better (ABB A-Levels and low 2.1 from an RG uni), but now my marks on the LPC vary between 67 - 78%. I've had a lot of support from the careers department as I have done 3 different pro bono schemes, 1 Vac Scheme, and 1 informal work placement this year alone. I haven't got an offer yet, but I can hand on heart say I certainly have a much better chance than I did a year ago!
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Should I do the LPC without a training contract and hope to get a TC after I finish it or work some legal roles and apply for TC's during that time. My only worry is that I may miss out on support and guidance who could see my applications and help improve it and see areas that need to be addressed If dont do the LPC. What would you guys do?
Hi there, I faced this dilemma when I graduated in 2014. I decided to work instead as I thought the risk was too great to pursue the LPC without the guarantee of a TC. I got work in account management/sales before moving into a business development role within a small bank. Both non legal roles.

When it came to applying for TCs I had loads to talk about at interviews and I got the impression that firms liked the fact that I had gained some real work experience and the commercial awareness they harp on about. It also separated me from candidates who had either come straight out of uni or who had done the LPC.

*Obviously many people do the LPC, then obtain a TC. But personally I gained much more in experience (and financially) by getting out there and finding work. Law firms will look upon that positively. I should add, I managed to get a TC with a city law firm this cycle who will fully fund my LPC...all the best.
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Should I do the LPC without a training contract and hope to get a TC after I finish it or work some legal roles and apply for TC's during that time. My only worry is that I may miss out on support and guidance who could see my applications and help improve it and see areas that need to be addressed If dont do the LPC. What would you guys do?
If you can get law-related work without it, that would always be a preferable course of action. The only benefit of doing the LPC pre-offer is to that end, as many paralegal roles will require it.
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