hi everybody, this thread is really useful for us non-law students so i thought i'd ask a few questions as i'm getting into a bit of a funk over this whole GDL/placement/TC thing.
like a lot of others on here, i really don't want to do commercial law- i have absolutely no desire to work in a large city firm or anything corporate- my degree is english and my background of work is with children and families- i'm coming at it from a social angle. i used to work with disadvantaged children, so my motivation is a desire to help arrange things and help people with their families and relationships. i'd be interested in family and child law, maybe immigration law and yes, legal-aid clients.
Most of the talk ive heard is about getting big training contracts on big money and etc etc. Ultimately, i'd like to work in a high street niche practice or work for the government.
So, i'm not sure how to proceed. Like many others, i agree that students wanting to do non commercial law, and who are from low income/haven't got GDL fees- as if! families are disadvantaged. Is there any way around this? i've got AAD (don't ask!!) at a-level and i expect a first or a 2.1 in my degree. i've applied to the CAB and the immigration service for work experience. And now i'm looking for vac schemes- i have no idea what the process is for training contracts for somebody in my position. ive done lots of research but found very little to formally apply for here in leicester- so i need to start speculatively applying, but am i too soon? what is the proceedure for somebody in my position?
I'm really worried about all this and ive been doing so much reading its been driving me crackers!
oh and does anybody else feel just a little daft saying " i'm asking you to sponsor me- but ive had no legal training!"
gargh! its mad!
Any advice would be gratefully taken! thanks!