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Letter of the week

Previous letters

I have a drink driving conviction – can I still become a solicitor?

I am a second-year law student currently serving a two-year driving disqualification for drunk-driving. Could this conviction prevent me from becoming a corporate lawyer?

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

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?

Training contract application advice for non-law students

I'm just finishing my final year of a non-law degree and have yet to take the GDL – will recruiters take into consideration that someone like me will not have a textbook understanding of the law, or is the application process for a training contract or vacation scheme harder or different in any way for non-law students?

Can I switch from solicitor to barrister?

I've always wanted to be a barrister, but now I think it seems more financially secure to train at a City firm and more likely that I would be able to secure a training contract, compared to a pupillage at a top commercial set. Would it hurt my career prospects of practising at the Bar to train as a solicitor before re-qualifying or transferring?

Should I do the GDL or wait for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam?

I’m in the final year of my non-law degree and have decided to pursue becoming a solicitor at a City firm, but I’m concerned about how upcoming changes to the system will affect me. Is there any point in doing the GDL before it is replaced by the new ‘super exam’?