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    • fiisch
    • By fiisch 5th Jan 18, 3:36 PM
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    Career Advice - Legal Profession
    • #1
    • 5th Jan 18, 3:36 PM
    Career Advice - Legal Profession 5th Jan 18 at 3:36 PM
    I'm 31, married, have a ten-month old baby and am having a bit of a career crisis. I am currently a Business Analyst within the Insurance Industry, but very much not enjoying it. I am considering switching careers and trying for a career as a solicitor.

    I understand this entails starting an online part-time course for the conversion Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) via in the University of Law, then completing the Legal Professional Certificate (LPC). The former will take 2 years part-time and cost around £11k, the latter could be done in as little as 6 months (full time) at a cost of £15-16k.

    Then, after all this study, I might get a job in the legal profession, and will likely start on a lower salary than I am currently on (£59k).

    - Currently unhappy in chosen career - third job in same field, and find it extremely unfulfilling;
    - Interest in law - exceptional at complaints handling (I've even published an e-book on the art of winning insurance complaints under a pseudonym);
    - Potentially lucrative career in a field that interests me;
    - Potential to specialise in insurance so early career not entirely wasted - already hold Advanced Diploma in Insurance (which may also carry some prior learning credits for GDL).

    - 2 years hard work balancing career/part-time study, then a potential leap of faith to study full-time or a further 2 years part time...;
    - Likelihood of reduced earnings compared to what I am currently on;
    - Probable that I will have to commute to London (again);
    - Potential to go contracting in current field (have already worked as a contractor for brief period) with day rates of £500 achievable.

    I have almost paid off my student loan, and my current job is minutes from my house (London commuter belt), so I am really struggling with the idea of getting into more debt.

    Are there any legal pros on here that can give me some pointers? Is there a forum where I can get specialised advice (I've not found any non-US versions via Google)? Am I crazy considering a mid-career jump mainly based on job satisfaction? How likely is it that I'd be able to get a decent paid job at the end of the GDL/LPC? Should I stop watching Suits?!?!
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 5th Jan 18, 3:43 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:43 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:43 PM
    What area of law interests you most?

    Being a solicitor is long hours and uncertain.
    • fiisch
    • By fiisch 5th Jan 18, 3:53 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:53 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:53 PM
    Employment Law and Contract Law (I have an English degree) both interest me.

    My experience would lend itself to insurance law.

    Edit: This should obviously have been posted in the Employment Section - is there a moderator who could kindly correct my blunder?
    Last edited by fiisch; 05-01-2018 at 4:26 PM.
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    • Manxman in exile
    • By Manxman in exile 6th Jan 18, 11:49 AM
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    Manxman in exile
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    • 6th Jan 18, 11:49 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 11:49 AM
    What area of law interests you most?

    Being a solicitor is long hours and uncertain.
    Originally posted by Comms69

    Plus not all solicitors are that well isn't necessarily a lucrative career.
    Last edited by Manxman in exile; 06-01-2018 at 11:50 AM. Reason: add
    • davelewis
    • By davelewis 6th Jan 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 12:32 PM
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    Getting a training contact is very difficult and extremely competitive - they are like gold dust. Be prepared to compete with younger graduates who will do anything to secure a training contract - by that I mean they will work as paralegal for minimum wage after all their training on the 'promise' of a training contract.
    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 6th Jan 18, 7:20 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:20 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:20 PM
    You will take a significant pay-cut in the short term. Even in the magic circle trainees do not get anywhere near £60k:

    It takes 2 years to qualify.

    Good luck, super competitive out there.
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