Consult the Oracle and you will find enlightenment... At LawCareers.Net we often receive queries about the processes and options related to joining the legal profession. Some questions arise again and again, while others are fiendishly obscure. Each week we'll publish one of the more interesting inquiries (anonymously) and provide an informative answer. But don’t worry – most letters are answered privately. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLC.N.
Letter of the week
I have recently graduated with a 2.1 in my philosophy degree and plan to take a year out to earn some money before enrolling on the Graduate Diploma in Law. What kind of paid work could I do which (i) looks impressive to employers, and (ii) would be flexible enough to allow me to keep putting my legal career first?
I am thinking about where to study my Legal Practice Course. It seems that more and more firms have tie-ins with law schools, only sending their future trainees to that institution. Does this mean that the provider I pick will affect where I can apply for a training contract?
I'm about to qualify with a small private client firm, but I am not keen to stay on. I would like to explore careers in law outside the mainstream law firm route. What are some of my options?
I'm really keen to get involved in pro bono activities, but I don't know how to get started. Can you point me in the right direction?
I’ve just started the second year of my law degree and want to become a human rights barrister. I keep hearing people say that only Oxbridge students get pupillages. Is this true?
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?