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I'm a modern languages student, and I'm considering many career paths atm. My main focus is translation and interpreting, but I've been pondering a legal career recently. I've looked into GDL courses but it'll have been replaced by the SQE by the time I graduate. I didn't realise how accessible legal careers were and thought you had to study law at undergraduate level or else there was no other option; however, postgraduate training routes seem much more orientated towards my needs, as I prefer vocational courses to academic ones (at least in law and languages, they seem better for me). I have a feeling this is just a phase for me but I'd like to look into it as much as I can so I know my options properly.
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I'm a modern languages student, and I'm considering many career paths atm. My main focus is translation and interpreting, but I've been pondering a legal career recently. I've looked into GDL courses but it'll have been replaced by the SQE by the time I graduate. I didn't realise how accessible legal careers were and thought you had to study law at undergraduate level or else there was no other option; however, postgraduate training routes seem much more orientated towards my needs, as I prefer vocational courses to academic ones (at least in law and languages, they seem better for me). I have a feeling this is just a phase for me but I'd like to look into it as much as I can so I know my options properly.
Hi JosephCiderBwoy!

There is a brilliant legal pathways guide at LCN- have a look here: https://www.lawcareers.net/Starting-...l-Career-Paths.

Remember the GDL is still open to you if you decide to become a barrister. The SQE route will be for solicitors.

My best advice, if you are concerned that this may be just a phase, is to apply for work experience at both Chambers (Barristers) and Law Firms (Mainly solicitors). As a career changer, you will need to demonstrate that you have considered what the positions involve and work experience is a great work to demonstrate that you have done that. I am a career changer too so this helped me- both in my understanding of the different roles but also in deciding which route to take (plus it is a useful experience to discuss in interviews).

You can also find some interesting podcasts about legal careers here: https://www.law.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/

Hope that helps!
Nic
Student Ambassador at the University of Law
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