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Hi,

I am currently in the second year of my undergraduate History degree, and I am considering a career in Law leaning more towards the Solicitor route. I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on anything I could do to increase my chances in applying for any insight schemes or vacation schemes? Perhaps even if whether it is worth doing the GDL or going down an alternative route? Any advice for going into the legal sector would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!😊
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(Original post by Theresexx)
Hi,

I am currently in the second year of my undergraduate History degree, and I am considering a career in Law leaning more towards the Solicitor route. I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on anything I could do to increase my chances in applying for any insight schemes or vacation schemes? Perhaps even if whether it is worth doing the GDL or going down an alternative route? Any advice for going into the legal sector would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!😊
The usual route from a History degree into Solicitor training is currently the GDL. As you are currently in Uni, you should join the Law society (you don't need to be studying Law) so you can start attending some of their events. Try to get some work experience, even if it's just volunteering at your local CAB, which counts as legal work experience - you can organise that yourself
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You can do volunteering stuff at your law soc, too.
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In some unis, you can moot as a non-law student. I know you want to be a solicitor but it shows an interest in law.
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Hi, if I had to create a list, it would be as follows:

a) get some legal work experience (the closer it is to the sort of firm you're thinking of applying to, the better)

b) get some general work experience (whether through volunteering, working in a shop or pub, working in a large corporation, etc.)

c) do something interesting in terms of your extracurriculars (a lot of firms seem to ask about recreational interests)

d) get good grades (the better the grades, the more selective the firms you can apply to will be)

I think that you have missed the deadine for most first year law/second year non-lawinsight schemes, but that's okay - you should prepare your 'CV' for third-year vacation scheme applications! Best of luck

I think that you'll still have the option of doing the GDL. That gives you an extra year to get a TC.

Vanya
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