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Letter of the week

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What are the different types of City firm?

I want to pursue a career at a large City firm, but the various terms that such firms use to describe themselves – ‘international’, ‘global’, ‘magic circle’ and others – have got me confused. Do these various terms essentially mean the same thing? 

I don’t want to work in a law firm – what are the alternatives?

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?

What legal work opportunities are there for non-law graduates?

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 looks impressive to employers and would be flexible enough to allow me to keep putting my legal career first?

Can I qualify as a solicitor after becoming a chartered legal executive?

I obtained my LPC a few years ago and have been working as a paralegal ever since. With no training contract in sight, can I become a chartered legal executive and go on to qualify as a solicitor that way?

Should I work as a paralegal to become a solicitor?

I know that competition for training contracts is very high, 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?