We've got a crack team of bloggers reporting back from the front line of legal study and work. You'll hear straight from the horses' mouths how they juggle their studies, job search, work, finances and social life. And don't forget to comment on posts by signing into MyLCN.
Greetings friends and welcome! I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2013, and over the past few years have progressed from paralegal to trainee and finally to NQ within a top 50 regional law firm. Join my guide dog and I as we ride the highs, weather the lows and tackle the challenges which form everyday life as a solicitor!
Hello, I am a first-year law student at Northumbria University studying a four-year integrated master’s degree, which incorporates the LPC with nine months spent working in the ‘Student Law Office’ and a term studying abroad. I will be sharing fresh, unclichéd posts sharing my take on current news and how it affects students, and ideas for the lawyers of the future! Follow me to see what happens next on my venture into the legal world.
What’s it like starting again when being an undergraduate feels like a distant memory? I’m a part-time LPC student, part-time worker and full-time wannabe solicitor. Follow me and learn from my mistakes as I tackle exams, wrestle with coursework and prepare for a training contract. Wish me luck…
I’m Marc and at 38, balancing the demands of three children with work and study may be challenging, but it has certainly been a rewarding, enjoyable journey thus far. I’m now entering the final year of a part-time LLB at Liverpool John Moores, so join me as I try to turn hard work, high grades and a long-held dream into a permanent career change.
Hello, I'm Coleen Mensa, a real estate finance paralegal for a global law firm who has recently completed the LPC. I will be regularly vlogging my legal journey as a paralegal while I search for a training contract. I will also be sharing crucial tips I have learned over the years and offering a candid (and slightly humorous) insight into the legal world from my perspective.
I studied history and politics at the University of Oxford, and will be studying the GDL at BPP from September 2016. Having recently completed a vacation scheme and secured a training contract from a leading silver circle firm, I will be sharing my tips while also discussing the GDL and pressing legal/political issues!
I graduated from the University of Reading in 2015 and I am currently a part time BPTC student at the University of Law, graduating (hopefully) in 2017. I work full time during the week as a paralegal at a West Midlands firm – mainly in the litigation department, but generally getting involved in anything they throw at me. Join me as I battle through the trials and tribulations of trying to find pupillage!
After graduating from King’s College London with an LLB, I am now an LPC student at BPP in London. Join me as I hurtle at full steam through the first part of my professional training and into the likely whirlwind of a training contract.
Hi, I'm Calum, a final-year LLB student at the University of York, part-time family law paralegal, and aspiring member of the criminal Bar. I’ll be offering an honest insight into the life of a wannabe barrister – juggling studies, employment, pro bono commitments and a never-ending search for further experience. Take a seat, grab a cuppa’ and accompany me on my (hopeful) road to pupillage.
Hi! My name is Wioleta and I am currently in a final year of my sandwich law degree at Nottingham Trent University. I completed my placement year in a medium-sized human rights and dispute resolution firm in London - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. I am working to secure a training contract and become a solicitor advocate in a litigation/dispute resolution department. My current pro-bono activities include volunteering at a women’s centre in Nottingham as a student legal advisor and being a committee member for Aspiring Solicitors. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with fellow aspiring lawyers - all the ups and the downs!
I'm a future trainee solicitor at Reed Smith; I've recently graduated from King's College, London with a degree in English. I juggled academic work with four vacation schemes during my final year at KCL and am now undertaking the GDL at BPP Law School's Waterloo campus. I'm heavily involved in diversity work, so during the notoriously tough year ahead, I'll also be volunteering with organisations including Aspiring Solicitors, Ambitious about Autism and Access Professions. This will no doubt prove a challenge, but I'm determined to succeed.
I'm Clare, a 23-year-old full-time paralegal and aspiring solicitor, and soon to be part-time LPC student at BPP University. Join me as I prepare myself for my postgraduate studies by reflecting on my experiences as an undergraduate in my series, 'Things I wish I knew at law school'. Look forward to helpful advice tutorials on surviving your undergraduate degree as a step towards becoming a lawyer, as well as 'Day in the life' vlogs of an LPC student and discussions of the latest legal developments.