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Also, I'm stuck for questions to ask - and I know I should ask some questions. I'm generally interested in taking up law I must say and will probably have the grades for it. How though, do you ask someone the questions you want to ask, such as;
1. How much does it pay?
2. Is it enjoyable?
3. Is it worth my while?
4. Social life?
These sort of questions seem too personal for me, does anyone have any ideas as to what sort of questions I should ask? Has anybody else gone into law work experience? I just need some general advice on the eve of my crashing and burning lol
You should be able to ask those questions outright, thats the point in work experience and I'm sure they'll be prepared to answer honestly. Obviously with the pay you'll have to phrase it politely...but thats a given really. Maybe you find it easier if you started with 'Ive heard this...in your experience...'
They wont be bothered if you say 'what don't you like about your job' - they have nothing to gain from misleading you
Hope that helps
3. Is it worth my while? - i'd rephrase this one...
Don't go in with the mentality of not being able to have a convo just because they're women.
A good solicitor, after a few years practice, could expect anything from £35,000 - £500,000 pa. This can vary between areas of legal specialism - for example the main London firms deal largely in commerical law - which is where the big money is. Specialisms such as media, human rights, family and criminal law are often poorly paid in comparison and not as exciting as you may imagine.
Of course for barristers the situation is totally different as they are effectively self-employed.
Lawyers who work for government/state departments/bodies are generally paid less than their counterparts in law firms... for example a CPS barrister generally earns less than a self-employed barrister in chambers.
Overall, though, what I would say is to do the best you can. There is no point basing your life on a career which can be extremely well paid - because if you don't put the work and effort in now you won't get there. Law is one of the most competitive professions there is, so make sure you want to do it for it's own sake, not the money.
Good luck with your work experience - I've done similar twice before and it always works out better than expected! Here's what I think of the questions you wrote:
1. How much does it pay? - not advised! Phrase it more intelligently and less personally... for example 'Does pay vary a lot within the legal profession and how would you say it compares with other routes such as banking and finance?'
2. Is it enjoyable? - this is an open-ended question - you need to say 'have you found your career enjoyable so far? Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? What advice do you wish you'd been given? etc'
3. Is it worth my while? - DON'T ASK THIS! Too many people get into Law for the money, when very few graduates actually reach these massive salaries. With a career so demanding, challenging, competitive and frustrating - you need to make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Some people have a real passion and energy for the subject, others simply don't and never will.
4. Social life? - this assumes that social life is beyond your control when actually it is the opposite, so I wouldn't ask this question. Lawyers are usually very analytical types, so make sure you don't ask questions which seem inappropriate.
Best of luck and hope I've been of some help!
Pay in the legal profession varies enormously. A trainee solicitor in a high street firm (the type your work experience is with) may be paid just £12,000 on their 2 year training contract. However, magic circle firms such as Clifford Chance will pay you around £50,000 a year to train with them... and of course there is a lot inbetween.
And you get worked into the ground for it.
Well, the Head of Recruitment at CC (who is a neighbour) told me that the figure is 'around 50k'. I have no reason to doubt what he says.
# First year trainee £29,000
# Second year trainee £33,000
# Newly qualified lawyer £50,000
And if you don't believe me check out Clifford chance website I don't think it would lie somehow.