The legal landscape has changed considerably since I trained as a solicitor a few (too many!) years ago. When looking to start a career in the law the routes can be many and varied.
The traditional route is still as a graduate, followed by vocational training. Through my work with both BPP and the University of Law I was introduced to the broad selection of courses available – a far cry from the decision I made between a Law Degree and Law Society Finals or a non-law degree and LCF conversion course.
Although still the most popular, the graduate route is now very expensive and prohibitive to some. The good news is the availability of alternatives, with the rise of legal apprenticeships and work-based learning skills development where the financial impact is lessened.
I’m delighted to be working with CILEx – the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – the professional membership body for Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and other legal practitioners.
CILEx have branches throughout the country and I’m looking forward to presenting at their Branch Personnel Day in Bedford in July.
In their latest guide on a career in law ‘Get into Law’ I was asked to share my thoughts in an article on ‘Getting Your First Job’