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I graduated with a first-class law degree last year and have been unemployed since. I have applied to many jobs in both the legal sector other professional service roles but not been successful. Any tips? I was thinking of self-funding the LPC, but I don't know if that is the best move. I have even been rejected for multiple internships and paralegal roles. Any help and career advice will be much appreciated.
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What area(s) of law are you interested in? And I assume based on the fact you are considering self funding the LPC that you are thinking of going down the solicitor route rather than the bar?
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I graduated with a first-class law degree last year and have been unemployed since. I have applied to many jobs in both the legal sector other professional service roles but not been successful. Any tips? I was thinking of self-funding the LPC, but I don't know if that is the best move. I have even been rejected for multiple internships and paralegal roles. Any help and career advice will be much appreciated.
Try finding an adjacent career to work in that isn't retail/customer service/etc that can earn you an income to tide you over until you get a TC. Trying consulting, legal analyst roles in smaller companies and startups, HR, recruitment.
Check whether the law firms you applied to sponsor the LPC - if they don't, you can self-fund it, if they do, you should ideally not self-fund it unless desperate to buy a year.
Get someone who is experienced and reliable to check your applications. A lot of people don't know just how bad their apps are until someone with recent experience of the process checks it for them (I was one of them).
Check for weaknesses in your application and see whether you can fix them - do you have any 2.2s or below in your individual modules? Do you have a sufficiently wide range of competencies to use when answering questions?
Try getting in touch with grad rec at the firms you're interested in (most firms have some kind of marketing/careers presence, even if it's just an email) and use that to get a sense of why the firm and especially what they're looking for.
Linkedin is also a good source of inspiration for jobs & extra-curriculars if you do enough stalking.
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What area(s) of law are you interested in? And I assume based on the fact you are considering self funding the LPC that you are thinking of going down the solicitor route rather than the bar?
Yes, I am more interested in being a solicitor than a barrister
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Try finding an adjacent career to work in that isn't retail/customer service/etc that can earn you an income to tide you over until you get a TC. Trying consulting, legal analyst roles in smaller companies and startups, HR, recruitment.
Check whether the law firms you applied to sponsor the LPC - if they don't, you can self-fund it, if they do, you should ideally not self-fund it unless desperate to buy a year.
Get someone who is experienced and reliable to check your applications. A lot of people don't know just how bad their apps are until someone with recent experience of the process checks it for them (I was one of them).
Check for weaknesses in your application and see whether you can fix them - do you have any 2.2s or below in your individual modules? Do you have a sufficiently wide range of competencies to use when answering questions?
Try getting in touch with grad rec at the firms you're interested in (most firms have some kind of marketing/careers presence, even if it's just an email) and use that to get a sense of why the firm and especially what they're looking for.
Linkedin is also a good source of inspiration for jobs & extra-curriculars if you do enough stalking.
Thank you for that! Yes, I have been searching for jobs in related industries. But they require experience, which I do not have. I have applied to more than 50 jobs since graduating but always rejected. I have been looking on Linkedin and Indeed. It's definitely starting to impact my mental health. But I am trying and not giving up!!
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I graduated with a first-class law degree last year and have been unemployed since. I have applied to many jobs in both the legal sector other professional service roles but not been successful. Any tips? I was thinking of self-funding the LPC, but I don't know if that is the best move. I have even been rejected for multiple internships and paralegal roles. Any help and career advice will be much appreciated.
Have ever considered something slightly different like Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy?

The Navy's lawyers belong to the Logistics Branch; all Logistics Officers will find legal knowledge useful at some point.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers...istics-officer

https://youtu.be/VZ3jBb-TCiU

https://www.trinitychambers.co.uk/ne...nity-chambers/
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Have ever considered something slightly different like Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy?

The Navy's lawyers belong to the Logistics Branch; all Logistics Officers will find legal knowledge useful at some point.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers...istics-officer

https://youtu.be/VZ3jBb-TCiU

https://www.trinitychambers.co.uk/ne...nity-chambers/
I cant swim
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I cant swim
You should learn.

Everyone should know how to swim.
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I graduated with a first-class law degree last year and have been unemployed since. I have applied to many jobs in both the legal sector other professional service roles but not been successful. Any tips? I was thinking of self-funding the LPC, but I don't know if that is the best move. I have even been rejected for multiple internships and paralegal roles. Any help and career advice will be much appreciated.
I actually set up my own recruitment consultancy after graduating because of the difficulty I experienced in finding work. Haven't looked back since.
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I actually set up my own recruitment consultancy after graduating because of the difficulty I experienced in finding work. Haven't looked back since.
Oh wow, that's impressive. How did you go about starting it up?
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Oh wow, that's impressive. How did you go about starting it up?
You better believe it wasn't easy.
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