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Letter of the week

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Legal work opportunities for postgrad students

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?

Should I think about the paralegal route?

I know that it has become harder to secure a training contract these days, but I have also noticed that there seem to be increasing opportunities for paralegals: would becoming a paralegal be a more certain way of pursuing a career as a solicitor?

How to choose an LPC provider

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?

Coming to law from a science background

Does my background put me at a disadvantage or could my uniqueness be a benefit?

Cut out for a life of crime?

I am interested in a career in criminal law, but not sure how I would feel defending a client who I knew was guilty of a serious crime such as murder. Should I consider a different area of law?