*work experience and getting a training contract*Watch
I have spent the past year and a half working in the the civil service in a kind of paralegal capacity (Land Registration). I also volunteer in a land law related role for a charity.
I have a couple of offers to start the GDL in September. At the same time, I have had interest from a law firm or two for paralegal roles due to my knowledge of land registration.
I am wondering if I should postpone the academic stuff for a year in order to try and make connections and get solid experience in a private firm beforehand.
I was wondering if any existing solicitors out there could comment on this and perhaps reveal something of their own path (particularly non-LLB graduates).
I have spoken with a magic circle solicitor who said that paralegal experience 'can't hurt', but vacation schemes are really the way to a contract. I have also spoken with a barrister who took the GDL equivalent himself - he suggested taking the GDL asap.