I think for many, the idea of going to university and studying law for 3 years seems very daunting but perhaps the only way to get into law. Following the law degree if you wish to become a solicitor you are not done yet you must complete your SQE 1 and 2 (further exams) and 2 years of work experience (this is however paid). The whole process is around a 6 years’ time commitment when you cannot earn much and are paying out for all sorts of items. No wonder a myth that it costs a lot to become a lawyer has been circulating. Well, I want to say this does not have to be the case!
Of course, one way to become a lawyer is by studying at university but this is not the only way. Many firms around the UK encourage people from all different backgrounds to apply for jobs within and work their way up to become a lawyer.
One route to go down is completing your CILEX this will enable you to work in different sectors of the law and qualify into the area you enjoy most!
Working in a law firm whilst studying to become a lawyer also means you are earning whilst working – I mean who doesn’t want that?!
When I first started at Attwells I was unsure on how to work my way up to becoming a conveyancer as I had no background knowledge on law at all, I didn’t take it as a subject at GCSE’s or A-level’s and University did not appeal to me.
I thought to myself, how am I going to afford and have the time to study whilst working with no knowledge at all? Luckily, with help from the firm I have been able to work my way up into a Conveyancing Role and have started my qualification to become a Licenced Conveyancer (CLC) all whilst working and earning money and learning. Attwells and other similar firms will also pay for courses such as the CLC and CIlEX while you work for them.