Now I was a fairly bright kid at school, however I messed around and didn’t bother going on to university, not one of my best moves, but it was a long time ago and if I had my time again I certainly would do a few things very differently, but hindsight is a great thing, I wish it had been invented when I was a kid!
I was chatting to a friends son the other day, he is training to be a solicitor, I can’t remember the last time I spoke to someone so young with such a clear defined path planned out ahead of him. He went to an event while still at school and there was a stand there promoting the legal profession, so he got chatting with someone from the law society who told him what he needed to know to get started or at least find out the information he needed to start working towards it as a career. I personally would imagine that the potentially huge salaries would have won him over, perhaps I should have had that same conversation at his age too.
He is currently studying at college, I can’t remember exactly what he said his course was, it wasn’t something I would have immediately associated with a career in Law, but apparently it’s a good foundation course to get you a place in a top university to study for a law degree which is what he ultimately needs. From there he will have to apply for positions at law firms and possibly specialise at this stage too, I suppose living round this area he will be hoping to get a job with a firm of solicitors in swindon as he doesn’t want to spend all his time traveling while he is starting out, he is planning to keep on learning and feels that a long commute would be a waste of his time.
Of course, he will need to decide what he is going to specialise in pretty early too, as there is no point in going to a firm who specialise in criminal law if he will ultimately be one of the clinical negligence solicitors or studying the ins and outs of business and corporate law if he will be a personal injury solicitor.
There is also the whole big corporate company, or small or even self employed approach to consider. The money must be in owning your own practice, but there is also a lot of responsibility associated with that, you could do the whole accident type of no win no fee thing, as I have heard that the government are going to start tightening up on who can claim legal aid, so he suggested that could be a growing market.
I have no doubt that he will do very well for himself and as long as he keeps studying and sticks to the plan, he should be a practicing solicitor in no time.