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    HelloSo I finished uni in 2014 with a first class degree in politics, and I currently work in the charity sector in corporate partnerships, which I enjoy but long-term I am thinking what I really want to do.I'm just writing to ask about the viability of beginning training to become a lawyer or solicitor in the UK, and the path which i'd have to take and at what point I apply to firms, whether this be after doing the GDL or before?As I didn't do a degree in law, i'm aware I would have to take a conversion course route but with working full time, it's hard to gauge the overall cost and time i'd need to dedicate to complete the various stages of this and so i'm wondering if anyone has any advice as to whether it's too late or if they have taken this route themselves.Many thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by mc_graw3141)
    HelloSo I finished uni in 2014 with a first class degree in politics, and I currently work in the charity sector in corporate partnerships, which I enjoy but long-term I am thinking what I really want to do.I'm just writing to ask about the viability of beginning training to become a lawyer or solicitor in the UK, and the path which i'd have to take and at what point I apply to firms, whether this be after doing the GDL or before?As I didn't do a degree in law, i'm aware I would have to take a conversion course route but with working full time, it's hard to gauge the overall cost and time i'd need to dedicate to complete the various stages of this and so i'm wondering if anyone has any advice as to whether it's too late or if they have taken this route themselves.Many thanks in advance!
    It's not too late. I would recommend trying to get on to a law firm's vacation scheme programme prior to applying for the GDL. If you can get one of the big firms to offer you a TC, they will pay for you to complete the GDL and LPC.

    Most law firms' vacation scheme applications are now open or beginning to open. I would recommend doing a few applications.

    This is assuming that you are serious about law and are of the mind to go through the application process, which can be grueling for the unprepared.
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    Thanks for this - I hadn't really considered the vacation scheme option as I thought it more for undergrads, but I guess it'd be helpful given otherwise my legal experience may be somewhat absent.
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    It's not too late. I would recommend trying to get on to a law firm's vacation scheme programme prior to applying for the GDL. If you can get one of the big firms to offer you a TC, they will pay for you to complete the GDL and LPC.

    Most law firms' vacation scheme applications are now open or beginning to open. I would recommend doing a few applications.

    This is assuming that you are serious about law and are of the mind to go through the application process, which can be grueling for the unprepared.
    This - and even before the vacation scheme applications, think about applying for open days or go along to law firms' careers events - it is career event season so you need to start thinking about these ASAP. Here's a link to just some of the events that various law firms and organisations are running:
    http://www.lawcareers.net/Information/Diary

    Open days and events are a great way of building up your CV before you start applying to either vac schemes or training contracts. Can really show your interest in the career, especially for someone like yourself who might have come to it later than others.
 
 
 
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