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Considering Law as a career

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Jason Bourne
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2005/07/22 21:06:25 (permalink)

Considering Law as a career

hey peeps,

I am considering going into Law as a career. However, seeing as I don't have have a degree in Law, i would be required to take the GDL/CPE. I was just wondering whether anybody has taken this route and have they found it worthwhile?

Also, where can i seek options such as funding because financially i wouldn't be able to afford to study it.

Advice appreciated
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    tokar
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    RE: Considering Law as a career 2005/07/25 15:06:10 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Jason Bourne

    hey peeps,

    I am considering going into Law as a career. However, seeing as I don't have have a degree in Law, i would be required to take the GDL/CPE. I was just wondering whether anybody has taken this route and have they found it worthwhile?

    Also, where can i seek options such as funding because financially i wouldn't be able to afford to study it.

    Advice appreciated


    I know several people who have done their degree and then gone on to do a law conversion course, in most cases because they basically couldn't think of anything else to do.

    If you can't finance yourself you're looking at 2 options-
    1) Some kind of loan. Could be a bank loan, or you can get a "career development loan", which I think is administrated by the government in a similar way to student loans, but don't quote me on that. Or, since it's study, you could probably get a basic student loan as well.
    2) Get funding from an employer. I know one person who's done this. Many law firms will fund your course in exchange for two years' (or possibly more) working for them.

    Like I say, people I know have done this- but I haven't, so this isn't my own opinion. I know 4 lawyers and they mostly hate it. Two of them did a law conversion course and both hated it (but they're not seeking to do anything else now they've done it). As to the value of converting as a route into law- from what I've heard, it's a good way to do it. It's a law degree with all that's not essential to actually being a lawyer taken out, and it's unlikely that when qualified you'd be in any worse a position than if you'd just done a law degree to start with.
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    RE: Considering Law as a career 2005/07/25 15:55:08 (permalink)
    laws a good choice but make sure you have an interest otherwise you're dying a slow death mate

    i have a genuine interest and my company (tfl) is sponsoring me for the course in exchange for staying with them for 2 years after completion

    once i have the degree i am getting seconded to the legal dept and thats my career sorted

    no worries
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    RE: Considering Law as a career 2005/07/25 17:29:09 (permalink)
    Law is a good career but you get back what you put in. Get your applications for training contracts in early especially to the big firms. I work for a large in house firm. Its great mate, 9-5 hours, perks, no pressure or billing targets. Think about where you want to specilse too makes it easier down the line when you structure your LPC basically got to think whether you want to do things like crime or employment or family or things like company law, acquisitions, corporate etc. I prefer the bread and butter stuff so I do employment and commercial fast moving and action packed. Be warned some law can be tedious but always remember its never as hard in practice as it is when your doing your studies it gets easier along the way.

    The route you have outlined is good. Can be difficult and theres lots of work but like I say you get back what you put in. Harder you work better your pay check at the end of the day, aim high and look at the big firms!

    My advice financially get a professional skills loan from Natwest good interest rates and set up for professional studies. Pay back over ten years if you want also.
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    RE: Considering Law as a career 2005/07/26 14:27:42 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: REALLYFIT

    Law is a good career but you get back what you put in. Get your applications for training contracts in early especially to the big firms. I work for a large in house firm. Its great mate, 9-5 hours, perks, no pressure or billing targets.


    Who do you work for that has 9-5 hours? The lawyers I know are all doing ridiculous hours, like 9-8:30 on an average day, and all nighters not infrequently.
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    RE: Considering Law as a career 2005/07/27 11:01:15 (permalink)
    yeah who heard of a lawayer doing 9-5 and not have billing targets ? lol - thats how they make their money - BILL BILLS BILLS
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    RE: Considering Law as a career 2005/07/27 12:57:28 (permalink)
    Not me I work In-house so I do work for the company I work for as opposed to having to attract clients and do billing targets. Most in-house law firms have great hours and benefits. Couldn't be dealing with billing targets and that pressure just not worth the hassle.

    Anyone seeking a career in law should think carefully about going high street and go in-house.

    My firm is Abbey Legal sure I could put in more hours but unlike high street and big commerical firms I am not expected to. My boss is in at 9 and leaves at 5 like everyone else thats the beauty of in-house working plus I don't have to kiss ass everyday with clients who i don't like my client is my company.

    Good in-house firms to work for would be Vodafone, O2 people like that massive perks, huge wages low hours and better work ethics.

    My advice never work high street firms.
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