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Title: Qualifying in the UK


1
Qualifying in the UK
  • Roisin Murphy

2
Overview
  • Setting the scene
  • Practical aspects

3
Setting the Scene
4
About Me
  • Graduated from UCC 2008
  • Masters in Human Rights in NL 2009
  • Moved to London 2009
  • Internships with NGOs
  • Qualification decision Winter 2010
  • Legal work experience
  • Shadowing
  • Mini-pupillage
  • Law firm
  • Vacation scheme SS Summer 2011
  • Training contract March 2014

5
Path to Law
  • (degree)
  • Law degree/GDL
  • Legal Practice Course/Bar Professional Training
    Course
  • Training contract/Pupillage
  • Job?

6
Pros
  • Job security before investment of time/money
  • Work travel opportunities
  • Standard of clients/work
  • Side projects
  • Transparency
  • Near Ireland!

7
Cons
  • High standards
  • Hard working environment
  • Competitive market

8
Practical Aspects
9
Formal Requirements
  • Apply to the SRA
  • Certificate of academic standing
  • Qualifying law degree
  • UK Land law
  • Exemptions
  • Transcripts!
  • Confirmation of completion of academic stage

10
GDL
  • BPP University college 1060/module
  • Online learning
  • September or January start dates
  • Careers advice!

11
Training Contract Decision
  • Research!!
  • Type of firm
  • Area of practice
  • Type of client
  • Working culture
  • Careers you aspire to
  • More specialised in larger firms

12
Tips
  • Be organised
  • Cultural fit
  • Keep up to date on news
  • Do not scattergun!
  • Vacation schemes
  • Be creative
  • Linked In
  • Work experience
  • Advice

13
LCN is your best friend
  • My LCN register
  • Timelines
  • Firm insights
  • Practice area insights
  • Meet the recruiter
  • Email newsletters

14
Filling out forms
  • Timelines
  • Practice
  • Feedback
  • Research
  • Deals
  • Clients
  • How a law firm works
  • What do banks do!
  • Why that firm?
  • All experience relevant

15
Deadlines
  • Winter vac schemes late Oct/early Nov
  • Spring and summer vac schemes 31st Jan
  • Training contracts 31st July
  • Training contracts rolling basis!

16
Resources
  • Practical
  • www.legal500.com
  • www.chambersandpartners.com
  • www.lawcareers.net
  • Real information
  • www.rollonfriday.com
  • L2b.lawyer.com
  • www.lex100.com

17
Interviews
  • Assessment centres
  • Group dynamics
  • Speed interviews
  • Psychometric tests
  • Dont need to finish
  • www.shldirect.com
  • Watson-glaser critical thinking
  • Document test
  • Overview
  • Tabs
  • Highlighting

18
Timeline
  • All
  • Grades
  • Work experience
  • Right career?
  • 1st year/2nd year
  • Solicitor/barrister?
  • Where to work
  • Work experience

19
Timeline (cont.)
  • 2nd year/final year
  • Vacation schemes winter/spring/summer
  • Shortlist firms to apply to
  • Research TC application procedure
  • TC applications July
  • Final year/Post-grad
  • Interviews from 1st September
  • Apply for LPC
  • Enrol with the SRA
  • TC applications
  • Delay LPC?

20
Remember
  • Be proactive
  • Research
  • Work experience
  • Timing
  • Cultural fit two-way street
  • Ignore the statistics

21
Thanks and good luck!
  • murphy.roisin_at_gmail.com
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