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Ojama9
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Hey,
I'm currently a first year English Lit student but I've decided that I want to go for a career in law (solicitor) after I finish my UG. I did it at A-level so I'm not fully blind and have rudimentary understanding.

I know that it's quite awhile down the line, but I was wondering if anyone else had done this, would it be a good idea to start looking for work experience now? Ifso where? Is there anything else I can do alongside my UG to put me above others when I do apply?

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(Original post by Ojama9)
Hey,
I'm currently a first year English Lit student but I've decided that I want to go for a career in law (solicitor) after I finish my UG. I did it at A-level so I'm not fully blind and have rudimentary understanding.

I know that it's quite awhile down the line, but I was wondering if anyone else had done this, would it be a good idea to start looking for work experience now? Ifso where? Is there anything else I can do alongside my UG to put me above others when I do apply?

Thanks
It's an entirely standard route, indeed, some people recommend doing a non-law degree before converting. Just use your Uni careers office. The conversion route is changing, it's currently doing the GDL - which is a non-competitive paid-for course, ie you'll get a place if you can pay. however, this is about to change.

Careers service - research. This is a very well trodden route.
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I've moved your thread to the Law forum, so you will probably get more responses here.
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Your options re: legal work experience are:

a) formal work experience schemes (start looking into them now and start applying to the ones you're eligible for from next year onwards)
b) formal volunteering schemes (your uni will likely have a law clinic or collaborate with other law clinics; get in touch with the careers people to see what's up)
c) informal work experience through connections (most people arrange these for the summer)

On top of that, there are plenty of part-time jobs that you could do that have transferrable skills: working in a pub, working in the SU shop, etc.

Your uni should offer informational sessions for prospective legal career applicants (which usually involve a presentation and/or mingling with professionals over drinks). Again, these can be found on the careers page.

You've got plenty of time ahead, but you need to start looking into stuff now.
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(Original post by Ojama9)
Hey,
I'm currently a first year English Lit student but I've decided that I want to go for a career in law (solicitor) after I finish my UG. I did it at A-level so I'm not fully blind and have rudimentary understanding.

I know that it's quite awhile down the line, but I was wondering if anyone else had done this, would it be a good idea to start looking for work experience now? Ifso where? Is there anything else I can do alongside my UG to put me above others when I do apply?

Thanks
I would join the Law Society at Uni so that you will be able to access some of their events and also research volunteering at your local Citizens Advice Bureau, which gives you useful skills and training.
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