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    Hey Law bods, I have a similar problem.

    I've recently decided I want to do a law conversion after I finish my degree this summer (with a years out first to go to China). I really need sponsorship otherwise I will have to fund myself by working and taking the GDL part time - not a pleasant prospect but at least an alternative.

    The problem is I have no experience. There is a long-winded explanation as to why I couldn't / didn't do an internship in my penultimate year (basically switching to Joint Schools in my second year and condensing my new subject from 4 years to 2, meaning that I had to spend my summer in Wales a) learning more Welsh to make up for not taking the 'compulsory' year abroad and b) completeing some research at Welsh libraries and writing a coursework essay which one is usually given the year out to complete) but I really don't suppose anyone gives a ****.

    So, is work experience on my CV and application forms essential? I have obviously missed all the deadlines for summer schemes at city firms and I live in a godforsaken backwater that would make working for free for smaller London firms unviable. On the plus side my boyfriend's dad runs some chambers in the city so I could get some work experience there in a few weeks but will it look bad that my work experience is at a barristers firm when I am applying to be a solicitor?

    This law business is very complicated...
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    (Original post by WelshPixie)
    Hey Law bods, I have a similar problem.

    I've recently decided I want to do a law conversion after I finish my degree this summer (with a years out first to go to China). I really need sponsorship otherwise I will have to fund myself by working and taking the GDL part time - not a pleasant prospect but at least an alternative.

    The problem is I have no experience. There is a long-winded explanation as to why I couldn't / didn't do an internship in my penultimate year (basically switching to Joint Schools in my second year and condensing my new subject from 4 years to 2, meaning that I had to spend my summer in Wales a) learning more Welsh to make up for not taking the 'compulsory' year abroad and b) completeing some research at Welsh libraries and writing a coursework essay which one is usually given the year out to complete) but I really don't suppose anyone gives a ****.

    So, is work experience on my CV and application forms essential? I have obviously missed all the deadlines for summer schemes at city firms and I live in a godforsaken backwater that would make working for free for smaller London firms unviable. On the plus side my boyfriend's dad runs some chambers in the city so I could get some work experience there in a few weeks but will it look bad that my work experience is at a barristers firm when I am applying to be a solicitor?

    This law business is very complicated...
    Look bad?! No way. What I suggest is try and get a few weeks experience in all fields - try the courts, solicitor firms and chambers. Atleast you can then say that you have looked at all different areas and found the one that is most suitable for you. Are you interested in a particular areas of law? If you are, try and get placements in firms that specialise in it. I don't think its too late for you to ask around for summer placements in regards to small solicitor firms. I'm actually trying to get my friend a summer placement in the firm that I work for.
    Good luck
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    dont worry, a lot of firms want second year law students for work experience. if youre only in sixth form i doubt you could be that much help, and if you do get work experience theres a chance you could get stuck with the secretary doing filing. but if you really want to do it, then phone round everywhere in your area, im sure there will be somewhere that will take you on, and someone suggested the local courts, thats always a good idea. and just sitting and watching a trial can be interesting if you get a good one.
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    I would say, it doesnt matter at this stage if you have no work experience with a solicitors. I wouldnt even bother with any.

    I think you should wait for a response from Lawz or one of the other exceedingly clever lawyers who have already got their first law degree...
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    (Original post by Ariel4)
    dont worry, a lot of firms want second year law students for work experience. if youre only in sixth form i doubt you could be that much help, and if you do get work experience theres a chance you could get stuck with the secretary doing filing. but if you really want to do it, then phone round everywhere in your area, im sure there will be somewhere that will take you on, and someone suggested the local courts, thats always a good idea. and just sitting and watching a trial can be interesting if you get a good one.
    I think she might be at university - Oxford to be precise (check out profile)
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    I didn't get the impression that work experience with a firm was critically important. Of course it probably helps, but it's likely that unis won't hold it against you if you don't have work experience with a firm. What's important is that you demonstrate a "genuine interest in law," and this is something that you can show in ways other than becoming an intern at a firm. I for one have not gotten any work experience with a law firm, but I still got an offer for law.

    Having said that, I'd suggest that you call up the firms/solicitors/barristers to whom you sent letters. As these people lead busy lives and have urgent concerns, it's possible that your letter may have been buried among piles and piles of other letters and documents, and thus forgotten. If this was actually the case, then your phone call may remind them of your application, and they can give you a proper response soon after.

 
 
 
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