LPC Graduate Case Studies
Terry Jones Solicitors
After completing my LPC, I began working as a paralegal at a solicitors’ firm in their property department. I was introduced to CILEx through a colleague, who was studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive and, after carrying out some further research, the CILEx route really appealed to me.
I realised that I could continue to work in an area of law which I really enjoyed, whilst gaining a recognised practising qualification at the same time.
I believe CILEx offers an ideal route for those who know which area of law they wish to practise, without having the worry of securing a training contract. With a training contract, there is no guarantee that you will be working in the electives of your choice or have a secure job after completion.
Working with Chartered Legal Executives has proven to me that there is greater opportunity for CILEx members to progress their careers as they are given much more recognition within the legal sector.
Becoming a member of CILEx has given me the confidence to move forward with my career in an area of law chosen by me.
Chartered Legal Executive and Senior Employment Executive
The Co-Operative Legal Services
I became a CILEx Fellow by completing a law degree and then the Legal Practice Course (LPC) before completing my qualifying employment to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.
I decided to join CILEx as I wanted to improve my career progression and as a result, I am able to gain more private fee-paying work.
My advice to anyone wanting to study law would be to consider CILEx as a different route; you can learn on the job and gain practical experience whilst becoming qualified at the same time. This most definitely increases your chances of employment.
I would also recommend that you try to obtain as much legal and commercial work experience as possible – it certainly helped me being on the student law society committee as well as playing rugby; law firms and employers like people to have something extra than just working 9 to 5.