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Vacation scheme applications and volunteering: how to get ahead over the holidays

I am a second-year law student and am wondering what advice you can give me on how to get ahead in my search for legal work experience and a training contract during the holidays?

Can I still become a solicitor with a drink driving conviction?

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?

GDL and LPC fees: postgraduate loans, scholarships and funding from firms

I have graduated from my undergraduate degree and need to complete the GDL and LPC before I can start a training contract, but am really going to struggle to finance these hugely expensive courses. I have heard about the new postgraduate loans being introduced this year and am wondering if GDL and LPC students are eligible?

Can I switch from solicitor to barrister?

I want to be a barrister, but now I think it would be easier and more financially sensible to apply to train at a City firm, compared to competing for a pupillage. Could I train as a solicitor and then transfer to the Bar?

Completing the GDL and LPC through distance learning

As a career changer looking to retrain as a solicitor while balancing work and family commitments, can I do the GDL and LPC through distance learning?