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International relations to law conversion

So firstly is it likely that law firms will value an international relations degree and sponsor me for a conversion?

And secondly will the university I get my degree from affect the chances of being sponsored?

Thank you so much :smile:
Original post by Izzystorer
So firstly is it likely that law firms will value an international relations degree and sponsor me for a conversion?
And secondly will the university I get my degree from affect the chances of being sponsored?
Thank you so much :smile:

Hi @Izzystorer

I am guessing you are talking about getting a training contract? If so, then there are so many aspects that determine whether you are likely to be successful in your applications. An international relations degree will have lots of great transferrable skills to law so as long as you can show you possess these skills, then there is a good chance you could be successful in getting sponsorship!

It is important to remember that the process is highly competitive so you will likely need to show more than just having a good grade in a good degree. Firms will want to see you not only possess the skills and qualities to become an asset to their firm but that you are dedicated to the career and know what it involves and the challenges that accompany it. I would recommend trying to get as much work experience as possible before applying to stand you in the best chance of success. Also, have a think about all of the things you have done already (whether related to law or not) and how they can show the qualities of a good solicitor.

In terms of where your degree is from, it depends on the firm. Most firms say that they do not care (and perhaps this is true) but it is always worth having a look at the people they have taken on in recent years to see where their degrees are from. If they are all from Oxbridge this may be a symptom of the fact that Oxbridge candidates will likely be strong for a number of reasons. However, it may also be because they like taking people from these unis. Some firms also redact the information of which university you have gone to in an attempt to level the playing field. Basically, I would have a look at the different firms you wish to apply for and see if you can figure out their individual approach to universities. No matter where you have done, or are going to do, your degree, don't let this interfere with your decision to pursue a career in law. Many top lawyers have come from all sorts of different universities and educational backgrounds.

I hope this helps and good luck!
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