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How I got a training contract as a non-law student

Rebecca Dilks

Rebecca Dilks graduated from Philosophy and Politics at the University of Leeds in 2014 and is nearing completion of her training contract with Gateley Plc.  In this post she shares her experiences of pursuing law from a non-law undergraduate degree and her tips for other students seeking training contracts.

As any law student will know Training Contracts are like gold dust. A privileged few will be lucky enough to secure the dream of a training contract during their academic studies but for a non-law student this is not always possible as you may decide to embark on a career in law later or you may not be aware of the urgency of applying!

I studied a degree in Philosophy and Politics at the University of Leeds and graduated in 2014. I had decided that I wanted to be a lawyer after 2 weeks spent working at the Sheffield Combined Courts when I was 16 but had studied Philosophy and Politics to gain different experiences and develop broader skills beyond law. Continue reading

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How to become a barrister

Fancy yourself as the next Atticus Finch? Career Consultant Steve Carter shares his top advice for aspiring barristers. All of the below is taken from talks given by both junior and senior barristers as well as serving judges.

What do Barristers do?

In essence a barrister ‘crafts legal arguments to persuade a jury/judge of the efficacy of their case.

Barristers have to be practical; can the problem be solved any other way?  They also have to be commercially aware both for their clients and, as they are often self employed, for themselves.

Away from self-employment there are government barristers working for the Government Legal Service.  For this awareness of the wider political context is required as they help to frame legislation.

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