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No law degree? No problem.

If you’re thinking about a career in law but don’t have a law degree, don’t worry – like in the story of Paul on the road to Damascus, it is possible to convert after having already started your educational journey. Many lawyers came to the profession from non-law backgrounds and if you’re thinking about following in their footsteps, be sure to read this week’s Feature containing all the information you need to get started. Elsewhere in the newsletter, the Oracle clarifies a student’s concerns on the time limits for which qualifications are valid before they expire, and the Burning Question provides valuable commercial insight on the effects of energy inefficiency on property valuation. Happy reading!


Meet the Lawyer

Sanjay Dave - Hogan Lovells

Don’t let the cavernous architecture of Hogan Lovells' London office give you the wrong impression – its friendly and supportive culture soon made Sanjay Dave feel at home. Read on to find out more about the firm’s first-rate training contracts.

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Brochure focus

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

“Expect the exceptional” at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where as a trainee you will be working at the heart of an elite global firm.

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Burning Question

The effect of energy efficiency on property value

Are energy-inefficient commercial properties at imminent risk of downgraded valuation?

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Meet the Recruiter

Kate Osborne - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Experienced City recruiter Kate Osborne has a wealth of wisdom to share about the world of commercial law. Read on for advice on applying to US firm Kirkland & Ellis, whose London office is based in the city’s glamorous Gherkin.

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The Oracle

Time limits on the validity of the law degree, GDL and LPC.

I’m confused by the complicated guidance on how long legal qualifications are valid for. Once I graduate from my law degree, how long do I have to qualify as a solicitor before it expires?

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Don’t have a law degree, but want to get into law?

Not having a law degree is no barrier to becoming a lawyer – in fact, the modern legal profession is full of non-law graduates, and the skills and experiences gained studying and working in other fields can be used to your advantage.

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LC.N Blogs

Guilt related to commercial earnings?
Always Judicious

I recently attended two talks focused on morality and capitalism, and how commercial law firms are attempting to do public good for their own integrity and to develop their business strategies.

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LC.N Says

Application forms and interviews: be savvy and interesting in the way you present your experiences
Josh Richman

At a recent careers conference, recruiters were unanimous that one of the most important aspects of applying is the ability to think about your wider experiences and present them effectively to show how they would benefit you in a legal role.

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Best in Law

LC.N Awards Winner 2014

Burges Salmon LLP

There has never been a break in communication from the first invite to assessment centre through to my second seat: I have felt like a member of the team from the word go.

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Take 5

Frightening firms

Boo! Some are a tad tenuous, but here are five Halloween-themed firms:

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Mills & Reeve LLP - Paralegal (paralegal support unit)

Mills & Reeve is recruiting for two full-time paralegals to join its Norwich office and provide paralegal support to the whole firm. Apply by Sunday 2 November.

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