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    Hi all,

    I graduated in 2013 with a 2:1 in Law from Southampton university. Since then however I have worked in the luxury interiors industry (kitchens, bathrooms interiors etc).

    I have no legal work experience however I have gained a lot of business experience in the three years I have been involved with logistics, marketing online/offline, client relations, PR, project management (physical projects) and outsourcing work abroad etc like procuring services through efficient and cost effective outlets and lasing with contractors abroad.

    However at this time I feel like within this industry the scope of growth is limited in some ways and i dare say I don't particularly feel stimulated or challenged.

    The question is: whether it is worth applying for a paralegal position first - LPC - apply for TC.

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    Apply for TC's now as my current work experience will be deemed as sufficient or of sufficient value to be seriously considered as a candidate.


    I hope that makes sense, any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks.
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    I'd just apply for TCs.

    A lot of paralegal roles will either expect the LPC or some legal work experience.

    You will need to have a strong application beyond your work experience. You will probably need to address the change of career/why you didn't pursue law three years ago too.


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    (Original post by J-SP)
    I'd just apply for TCs.

    A lot of paralegal roles will either expect the LPC or some legal work experience.

    You will need to have a strong application beyond your work experience. You will probably need to address the change of career/why you didn't pursue law three years ago too.


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    What constitutes a 'strong application' - i do realise that is not an easy question to answer but would like to get your ideas on some factors / features on the application that strengthen it.

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    Just apply straight for training contracts now. If you get them then great. If not just apply after you do the LPC.
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    (Original post by Isk1)
    Hi all,

    I graduated in 2013 with a 2:1 in Law from Southampton university. Since then however I have worked in the luxury interiors industry (kitchens, bathrooms interiors etc).

    I have no legal work experience however I have gained a lot of business experience in the three years I have been involved with logistics, marketing online/offline, client relations, PR, project management (physical projects) and outsourcing work abroad etc like procuring services through efficient and cost effective outlets and lasing with contractors abroad.

    However at this time I feel like within this industry the scope of growth is limited in some ways and i dare say I don't particularly feel stimulated or challenged.

    The question is: whether it is worth applying for a paralegal position first - LPC - apply for TC.

    OR

    Apply for TC's now as my current work experience will be deemed as sufficient or of sufficient value to be seriously considered as a candidate.


    I hope that makes sense, any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks.
    My husband is a solicitor with a big London firm - if I were you I would get a paralegal job first. There are thousands of graduates chasing TCs - and far fewer available now.

    If you are lucky you will get a firm that offers their paralegals training contracts - my husbands do after a while.

    You need to decide when to fit in the LPC - but you need work experience above anything*
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    (Original post by Isk1)
    What constitutes a 'strong application' - i do realise that is not an easy question to answer but would like to get your ideas on some factors / features on the application that strengthen it.

    Thanks,
    Clear motivation for the job and the career

    Strong academics

    Extra curricular a to show you like to keep busy and like responsibility

    Work experience (doesn't have to be legal if you nailed the first point well).

    Written exceptionally well


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