Linklaters opens summer vacation schemes to non-law students

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  • But why didn't they study law in the first place if they're so interested by a legal career ? That's because of them that law students can't find TCs !!!!!

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  • Stop whining and divert your energies to the ceaseless pursuit of grammatical accuracy.

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  • @hello, I am not sure why a decision made aged 17 regarding degree subject matter should preclude you from a career in law, if that is what someone decides whilst at university. Its for the same reason law graduates can enter into a variety of non-legal fields if they want to following graduation.

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  • The CPE route into the profession is pretty well-established. So the only surprising thing to me is that Linklaters weren't offering vac schemes to non-law graduates years ago - is this a city firm thing?

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  • @Hello - I wanted to be a lawyer from my early teens. I chose not to study law as my first degree on the basis that there were subjects I loved at A-Level that I wanted to learn more of before starting my career and the conversion course was open to me. I loved my degree, I loved my legal studies afterwards and I'm now a qualified lawyer. No one should be obliged to decide what they want to do with their career at 17 or be penalised for not having made that decision earlier or on the assumption that chosing not to study only law from the age of 18 has something to do with their commitment to being a lawyer.

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  • Will Links now be opening up their non-law Vac Scheme to law students? It seems only fair, seeing as competition has now been increased for law students.

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  • Links would be a good place to flush out those who aren't 100% committed to a career in law...

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  • @ anonymous 1.40 pm. Seconded. Best advice I ever got (from a lawyer - for free!!) was do something else you're interested in at Uni; you've a whole working career to get to grips with the law.

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  • As a law graduate, who knew at 17 that I wanted to be a lawyer and studied a law degree accordingly, I find it a little annoying that somebody who did, say, a degree in English, could then compress a law degree-lite into 12 months and then wade in to compete with me for the job I've been preparing an extra 3 years for.


    The concept also devalues the legal profession to some extent, given that the message is: "you can study to be a lawyer in only two years". Optometrist, dentists etc can't do a GDL equivalent in medicine to become GPs (they have to do a full medical degree despite already knowing large amounts about medicine), so why should anybody with any old degree be able to become a lawyer after only 2 years' legal study?


    Whilst I'm not denying that very many good lawyers come from non-law degree backgrounds, there are undoubtedly a large number of equally able potential lawyers from law degree backgrounds who are unable to get a job due to these extra competitors who have studied the law for only 2 years, and who now seem to enjoy treatment on a par with positive discrimination. That strikes me as a little unjust.


    For the record, I secured a TC despite my boring and old fashioned law degree background.

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  • This is just cost cutting. The reason the winter scheme was for non law students is that it was timed better for the application process for TCs. Yet again more cynical spin from Links.

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