JLD advises unsuccessful law applicants to stick with career dream

A-Level students who did not get a place to study law at university this year should not be put off entering the legal profession, the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has stated.

Heidi Sandy

Heidi Sandy

The Law Society’s JLD has urged students to consider alternative routes, but to remain cautious and be sure that a legal career is for them.

“An increasing number of firms are recognising that there are alternative routes to becoming a solicitor. Some firms now take up to 50 per cent of trainee solicitors who don’t have a law degree, “ said JLD executive member Kevin Poulter.

“What remains important is the quality of education, the class of degree and the character of the candidate.”

The news comes after Lawyer 2B.com reported that the number of students chasing training contracts this summer had rocketed with several leading law firms reporting a 50 per cent jump in applications.

JLD chairwoman Heidi Sandy said: “Entering the legal profession is not an easy process. The hours are long and the work often challenging. Students need to be prepared for a hard slog before qualifying.”

The traditional path to becoming a solicitor is a law degree, followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and then a two-year training contract with a law firm.

But there is a growing trend for non-law students to take the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) first before embarking on the LPC.