Ask Lawyer 2B: moving from nurse to barrister?

I am in my mid-thirties and work as a senior NHS nurse – a job that I love.

However, I have always been fascinated by the law, especially criminal law, and having spent a good few months late last year on a jury for a large trial, this has confirmed that it is time to seriously look at changing career and working towards becoming a barrister.

I have a 2:1 (BSc Nursing Practice – although I’m perfectly aware this unfortunately will not count) and a MSc from Imperial. However, my A Level results are shocking. Regrettably now, I was too busy partying during sixth form.

My questions are:

  • Should I retake my A-Levels, work really hard to get As, and then consider a LLB (Birkbeck) or the GDL (University of Law)?
  • Alternatively, I’ve been offered funding for a LLM in Medical Law and Ethics – this would be over two years, and then I could consider the GDL?

Note I will continue to work full time during either the LLM or A Levels – I believe this to be feasible, I did the same during my MSc. But, either option would mean that after completion, I will be 40.

I would be incredibly grateful for any advice to increase my chance of success (if it indeed is possible). I know that the law is incredibly competitive, and my age is against me. But I am not afraid of hard work and giving the time required to achieve my goal. It is very liberating to have that moment that finally you can acknowledge what it really is that you really would like to do.

I would be very glad to hear from any of you who may be able to offer some good (and honest) advice. Importantly, be honest. Thank you in advance! 

Kate