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Alternative routes to qualify as a solicitor

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27 Nov 2017
Routes to Qualify Getting into a legal career is no easy task. After all, one course leads to another and after all of that, you still have the training to complete if you want to become a qualified solicitor. It is a difficult area to excel in, and one that has come under debate over the past few years. Many wonder if it is a system that works and if it offers graduates equal opportunity. Other routes to qualify have been gaining momentum over the years and they are becoming more common than the traditional route. 

The more traditional is a law degree, LPC and then a training contract which can take six years to qualify to cost in excess of £25,000, not including living expenses.  This route is also very cutthroat; one in three graduates actually go on to a training contract as they decide it is not for them or there are not enough training contract spaces available.  If you have not gained a 2:1 or above from a good university, have some experience, connections to a law firm or inexperienced in interviews, you will struggle to get the sought-after contract.

A degree is often the quickest way to a law career, but it is a luxury that not everyone has. There are a number of ways that you can still become a Solicitor with or without a degree.

You could study and work part-time in the traditional way, a legal apprenticeship or CILEx route.  These three routes offer some great experience for anyone wanting to get into the legal field without incurring the same costs and you are still able to qualify as a Solicitor.  The benefits are all-round, the employer gets an employee who is dedicated, mouldable and cheaper than usual and the employee gets a regular salary, experience and a great opportunity they might not have had before.  

I personally don’t think the traditional route will die out, there are always going to be firms that won’t hire away from it but more recently I have seen a sharp rise in alternative ways to qualify and a culture shift that was not there a few years back. Due to a number of changes and reforms, a lot of firms have been forced to tighten their belts and look at alternative ways of working. This is just one of many areas firm have had to look into to survive.

If you would like any advice and assistance, don’t hesitate to contact someone in the teams at Sellick Partnership who would be more than happy to help. 
Please get in touch by emailing leeds@sellickpartnership.co.uk or call 0113 243 9775. Alternatively, apply for our latest legal roles. Browse Roles 

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