Career Advice: Training Contract, self-fund GDL or give up and stick to PoliticsWatch
I really want to become a solicitor. Preferably at a magic circle/silver circle firm. Or any firm with an international presence.
I've had work experience at a Silver Circle firm, and I've also done work experience at a high street firm for 3 months over the summer.
Now I'm considering self-funding the GDL?
Or doing a masters in my field, International Public Policy at University College London and applying for TC's as I go?
or do I forget the legal career and go down a path related to my field?
I really want to be a solicitor, but i am stuck in terms of my non-law degree and my poor alevels.
What if i follow a career in my field, and try be a solicitor later, like a change?
Doing a non-law degree won’t disadvantage you - firms recruit 50:50 law to non-law! If you have mitigating circumstances for the a levels then they won’t hold you back. Perhaps try contacting firm HR in the new year and explaining your A Levels and mitigating circumstances, and asking them if it’s worth applying. If they say yes then I’d say self-fund the GDL and apply for vac schemes! It shows you as a candidate who is serious about a career in law, in my opinion. I have friends doing the GDL self-funded and they said most people are snapped up by firms by Christmas.
As mentioned, you’re not a disadvantage so long as you have a strong mitigating circumstance and graduate with a high 2:1 or 1st Class.
Most Magic Circles (bar Slaughter & May) and Silver Circles value other things away from grades etc. Ideally, I would try and get the GDL funded but most people end up self-funding the GDL then get the LPC funded following a TC offer.