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Qualifying in the UK Roisin Murphy
Overview Setting the scene Practical aspects
Setting the Scene
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 S&S: Summer 2011 Training contract: March 2014
Path to Law (degree) Law degree/GDL Legal Practice Course/Bar Professional Training Course Training contract/Pupillage Job?
Pros Job security before investment of time/money Work travel opportunities Standard of clients/work Side projects Transparency Near Ireland!
Cons High standards Hard working environment Competitive market
Formal Requirements Apply to the SRA Certificate of academic standing ◦ Qualifying law degree ◦ UK Land law ◦ Exemptions ◦ Transcripts! Confirmation of completion of academic stage
GDL BPP University college: £ 1060/module Online learning September or January start dates Careers advice!
Training Contract: Decision Research!! Type of firm Area of practice Type of client Working culture Careers you aspire to More specialised in larger firms
Tips Be organised Cultural fit Keep up to date on news Do not scattergun! Vacation schemes Be creative ◦ Linked In ◦ Work experience ◦ Advice
LCN is your best friend My LCN: register Timelines Firm insights Practice area insights Meet the recruiter Email newsletters
Filling out forms Timelines Practice Feedback Research ◦ ◦ Deals Clients How a law firm works What do banks do! Why that firm? All experience relevant
Deadlines Winter vac schemes: late Oct/early Nov Spring and summer vac schemes: 31 st Jan Training contracts: 31 st July Training contracts: rolling basis!
Resources Practical ◦ www. legal 500. com ◦ www. chambersandpartners. com ◦ www. lawcareers. net Real information ◦ www. rollonfriday. com ◦ L 2 b. lawyer. com ◦ www. lex 100. com
Interviews Assessment centres Speed interviews Psychometric tests Document test ◦ Group dynamics ◦ Don’t need to finish ◦ www. shldirect. com ◦ Watson-glaser critical thinking ◦ Overview ◦ Tabs ◦ Highlighting
Timeline All ◦ Grades ◦ Work experience ◦ Right career? 1 st year/2 nd year ◦ Solicitor/barrister? ◦ Where to work ◦ Work experience
Timeline (cont. ) 2 nd 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 1 st September Apply for LPC Enrol with the SRA TC applications Delay LPC?
Remember Be proactive ◦ Research ◦ Work experience Timing Cultural fit: two-way street Ignore the statistics
Thanks and good luck! murphy. [email protected] com