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My experience as a part-time LPC student

My experience as a part-time LPC student

Solinda Tracy

08/10/2018

As the second year of my LPC has now begun, I have decided to focus my first blog on my experience so far and whether choosing the part-time option was a good decision. When I applied for the LPC, most of my peers chose either to jump straight into the full-time course or to wait until they had obtained a training contract. The brave were those that decided to take the challenge head on and jump straight from their undergraduate degree to a full-time LPC. I refer to them as ‘brave’ because I feel as though for me, and maybe many others, the amount of pressure and the financial burden that came with the LPC would have been too much to handle straight after finishing my degree.

I decided to complete the LPC part time due to a combination of factors. Firstly, I was unable to get a student loan, so it was much easier to handle the payments on the part-time scheme. Secondly, as I was not employed at the time, the flexibility of the part-time course gave me time to apply for jobs and attend various networking events. Finally, I felt as though the way the course was broken down over two years would reduce its intensity. My experience will be very different from many of you out there. Although, for those who may be facing similar situations, these are a few things that you could consider when exploring your options regarding the LPC.

For those who have decided to take a gap year or may still be unsure if the full-time course is for them, here are three lessons I’ve learnt as a part-time student with a full-time legal job:

  • Being organised is everything – earlier this month I was talking to a friend of mine who is now starting on a similar journey to mine. As she was preparing to begin her first year of the course, she asked if I had any tips on how to handle uni work and a job. The first thing I mentioned was the importance of being organised. I explained to her that the only way she was going to have control over her life for the next two years would be by being meticulously organised. Most people struggle because they fail to plan. "When you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
  • Sacrifices – anyone planning to venture into the legal sector will understand that there are sacrifices which need to be made if you want to succeed. This includes sacrificing sleep, friends, family at times and, most importantly, your own comfort. You have to be willing to put yourself out of your comfort zone and attend to tasks you may not necessarily feel up to doing. For me, this means that my love of sleep has to be sidelined (as I’m sure many can relate). You need to be able to come back from work and study, even though you would rather head straight to bed.
  • “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – as with any task in life, you need to make sure that you give yourself time to let your hair down and have some fun.

Finally, I think it’s very important that we all understand that we each have our own individual journeys. With the level of competition that exists in the legal industry, it is imperative that you follow your own journey and work hard at whatever stage you are.