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    Hi everyone,

    A bit about me: I'm in my 4th year at the University of Edinburgh, doing the LLB (but in Scots law), with a prediction of getting a 1st.

    I'm a bit confused on what to do next. I've decided that I do not want to stay in Scotland, so I have two options really - do the GDL and LPC (with a TC secured hopefully), or doing the LLM and then GDL and LPC. A huge part of me wants do to the LLM (in either Kings, UCL or LSE) because I have not yet secured a TC (I'd be applying for ones in 2020) and I'm just worried I'm not going to get one (I'm the least confident person on this planet) and so the LLM gives me more time to find my feet.

    Something really important is that I absolutely hate corporate/commercial law and do not see myself ever applying for a TC in such a firm. So I've come here to ask for your help. I've done some research myself but it's always better to ask people who have gone through my shoes or are currently in the same situation.

    My question is: does anyone know any firms/organisations/anything that focus on the niche areas of law (human rights/medical/family even) and offer Training Contracts in London?

    I would really appreciate the help!! x
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    Guess you are happy to self fund the LLM and GDL and LPC?
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    Guess you are happy to self fund the LLM and GDL and LPC?
    I am indeed. I have a lot of money saved plus my inheritance etc, so money is no issue. Hence I'm so confused as to what to do next. I just don't want to put myself in a position where I feel like I am wasting my time and money especially.
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    (Original post by euphrosyne)
    Hi everyone,

    A bit about me: I'm in my 4th year at the University of Edinburgh, doing the LLB (but in Scots law), with a prediction of getting a 1st.

    I'm a bit confused on what to do next. I've decided that I do not want to stay in Scotland, so I have two options really - do the GDL and LPC (with a TC secured hopefully), or doing the LLM and then GDL and LPC. A huge part of me wants do to the LLM (in either Kings, UCL or LSE) because I have not yet secured a TC (I'd be applying for ones in 2020) and I'm just worried I'm not going to get one (I'm the least confident person on this planet) and so the LLM gives me more time to find my feet.

    Something really important is that I absolutely hate corporate/commercial law and do not see myself ever applying for a TC in such a firm. So I've come here to ask for your help. I've done some research myself but it's always better to ask people who have gone through my shoes or are currently in the same situation.

    My question is: does anyone know any firms/organisations/anything that focus on the niche areas of law (human rights/medical/family even) and offer Training Contracts in London?

    I would really appreciate the help!! x
    Hmm...

    The most elaborate way to find the best human rights organisations involves going to Westlaw, reverse searching cases that were put forward by counsel from one of the top sets (Blackstone, Matrix, etc), see the name of the solicitor who instructed them, and then finding out where that solicitor works. A slightly less elaborate way would be to use Google :P

    No idea about medical or family. I've been given the impression that a lot of medical work is undertaken by big national law firms, while family work is often down to your local high street solicitor, even though I've not had any particular interest in either of these fields...
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Hmm...

    The most elaborate way to find the best human rights organisations involves going to Westlaw, reverse searching cases that were put forward by counsel from one of the top sets (Blackstone, Matrix, etc), see the name of the solicitor who instructed them, and then finding out where that solicitor works. A slightly less elaborate way would be to use Google :P

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    Google, who would've thought? :rolleyes:
    (I have tried actually but no luck so far)

    I've never thought of using westlaw, that's actually a good shout, I'll give it a go. The main issue is that most of these firms are too small and don't offer training contracts (or at least that's what I've come across in Scotland) so it's just proving to be very difficult.
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    (Original post by euphrosyne)
    Google, who would've thought? :rolleyes:
    (I have tried actually but no luck so far)

    I've never thought of using westlaw, that's actually a good shout, I'll give it a go. The main issue is that most of these firms are too small and don't offer training contracts (or at least that's what I've come across in Scotland) so it's just proving to be very difficult.
    Have you considered a career at the bar... that is another option to consider. It’s a different route than being a solicitor, and in my opinion a little harder, but definitely rewarding
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    Read something like Chambers Student Guide on Lawcareers.net - they have information on all these practice areas and which firms specialise in them.
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    (Original post by vnupe)
    Have you considered a career at the bar... that is another option to consider. It’s a different route than being a solicitor, and in my opinion a little harder, but definitely rewarding
    I definitely have but I'm not sure that changes anything. I'll either being doing LLM and then trying out for the bar, or just skip the LLM. In both situations anyway, I'd need to secure a pupilage and I've read that's even harder than getting a TC.
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    (Original post by euphrosyne)
    I definitely have but I'm not sure that changes anything. I'll either being doing LLM and then trying out for the bar, or just skip the LLM. In both situations anyway, I'd need to secure a pupilage and I've read that's even harder than getting a TC.
    Your first from Edinburgh will mitigate some of the dread of getting pupillage, you can apply before you finish your degree and during your LLM, if you want to test the waters. It is not uncommon for a viable candidate to receive an offer of pupillage a couple of years before they start. They may even pay for both your LLM or BPTC, or whatever they are call8ng it niw
 
 
 
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