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Beginnerguide 2017. Jld-legal-career-presentation-jan14. Jld-thinking-about-a-career-in-law-nov-2013. University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog. Wanting a Career in Law?

University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog

Check out this article by our Careers Consultant Julia Ashton to find out what you should know. First things first, you do not need to have a Law degree to get into Law. In fact every year about half the training contracts available are filled by non-law graduates. The second thing you should know is that it is tough to get a training contract (solicitors) or pupillage (barristers). Last year (2012) saw the fewest number of training contracts registered with the SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority) since records began and statistics for aspiring barristers indicate that there are ten students studying for the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) for every one pupillage available at the end of it.

Reality check - Beginner's Guide. In the spirit of full disclosure, there are a few things worth mentioning as a reminder that a legal career is not all triumphant court victories and champagne-fuelled deal celebrations.

Reality check - Beginner's Guide

So without wanting to detract from the exciting and challenging career on offer, here follows some food for thought… Finances We cannot stress this enough – with £9,000 per year undergrad fees, plus postgrad study in 2014-15 costing up to £14,765 for the LPC and up to £18,175 for the BPTC, the road to legal qualification is not cheap and there are no guarantees of a job at the end of it.

In addition, the minimum trainee salary has recently been abolished, so some firms may be paying trainees no more than the national minimum wage. Your ability to afford the courses and a potentially low starting wage must be a factor in deciding whether to pursue law as a career. Academics Nothing but the best will do in this competitive market.

Competition Time Experience Online Commerciality. K Law unto itself JA. Do you have the key skills every recruiter wants? - Features. There are a handful of core competencies that the majority of firms/chambers want to see in their recruits.

Do you have the key skills every recruiter wants? - Features

Here we detail (in a light-hearted way) how to identify if you've got them and, if so, how to provide evidence of their existence. Read on for a review of the attributes you'll need to succeed. It's simple really. Most employers (or at least 'professional' employers - this advice won't get you a job as a roofer) want broadly the same thing. The trick to landing a training contract or pupillage is giving recruiters what they want to see. Here, we take a look at the many ways you can use your lifetime's actions to sell yourself to recruiters and demonstrate that there are plenty of ways to identify skills and attributes that you have and that employers want. Academic ability You want to be a lawyer.

How to demonstrate it (simple): The main one is your school and university performance (ie, results) - probably the very first thing an employer looks at. Drive and determination. How suitable are you and what are recruiters looking for? The road to a training contract or pupillage is smoother for some than others, but before starting to apply you will need to make sure your CV and experiences square with what recruiters demand.

How suitable are you and what are recruiters looking for?

A structured approach to gaining the right experiences and a healthy dose of self-confidence can improve anyone's prospects. Did we mention that competition for training contracts and pupillages is fierce? Did we mention that competition for training contracts and pupillages is fierce? To win yourself one you will need not just an excellent academic record, but a stash of experiences to prove you have the ability to dive into the professional world with greater confidence than your rivals. Applying directly out of university with one or two interesting extra-curricular experiences under your belt works for some. Having a law degree is no reason to assume entitlement. Non-law graduates are just as able to secure training positions as their LLB peers. But when is old too old? Advice for undergraduates - financial considerations. K LC N Career advisors PowerPoints. Feeling the crunch: Lawyers in the downturn. As everyone knows, we are now in the grips of a global recession.

Feeling the crunch: Lawyers in the downturn

In the past, law has appeared to be a recession proof industry. However, the true impact of the credit crunch is showing this for what it is; an urban myth. Kat Gibson explores some of the effects of the downturn. The impact of the recession The reality of the times in which we live is harsh. 2009 has changed all of that. Training contracts The market for training contract places was already a competitive and flooded one before the recession's effects. Network with the firms you know to find out about possible openings and subscribe to mailing lists and online job boards (e.g.

NQ positions The same issue for students translates to trainees looking for a newly-qualified position. Plan ahead – speak with your supervisor about the likelihood of opportunities and consider alternatives to your current discipline. Salaries Plan your outgoings and downsize your expectations if need be. Career Progression Redundancies Further help. The point of moots: helping you on your way to a successful legal career - Features. Mooting is happening, in a place near you.

The point of moots: helping you on your way to a successful legal career - Features

In just the last week alone, the outcomes of two important mooting battles have featured in LC.N's News section (ie, the ESU competition and the ICLR competition). There are mooting competitions at almost every level, from institutional to international. And mooting is not just for the Bar-bound among you. Obviously, it develops key advocacy skills, but it also hones skills useful to all in the legal profession - research, communication, teamwork and more. Adam Callan, master of the moots for the London Universities Mooting Shield, suggests what he thinks mooting can offer: "Mooting is incredibly challenging both mentally and physically, but it is also incredibly fun and allows you the opportunity to really test yourself, both in managing your time appropriately in the preparation period as well as articulating your arguments in front of someone that knows the law inside out. " K1 Legal Update July 2013. So you want to be a lawyer? 17 January 2014 Husnara Begum, editor, Lawyer 2B.

So you want to be a lawyer?