School Leaver Case Study
Jonny from Leeds went straight into work after A levels and enrolled with CILEx. His course is fully funded by employer BLM, a risk and insurance law firm.
While Jonny’s friends went to university, Jonny has climbed the career ladder, all without going to university and without incurring any student debt.
Johnny said: “I’m lucky enough at 19 to have my own mortgage, a car, so I was the one going to visit all my other friends at university.”
An Associate Member of CILEx
Following my A-Levels, I chose the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice as opposed to going to university. This course has been funded entirely by BLM.
I chose the CILEx route as it gave me control over my future. CILEx allowed me to avoid following a prescribed route and coming out of university only to be surrounded by others in an identical situation fighting desperately for the few training contracts available. You really need to give consideration to what will help you stand out when it comes to trying to get a legal job. This is an area that is fiercely competitive with incredibly good candidates to compete with.
I handle a personal injury case load of litigated files, up to a value of £50,000. I act for major insurers and have handled my own cases at BLM since the age of 19.
The training I have received, academically through CILEx and practically through my employer is invaluable. CILEx have given me an academic qualification debt free to the same standard as a law degree and have taught me the law. BLM have taught me to be a lawyer.
An Associate member of CILEx
When I left school in 2003 I applied for various vacancies within my local area and was offered a position as an office junior at a local law firm. I progressed within the next couple of years and became a secretary to one of the solicitor’s. After 9 years working as a secretary I decided to start my CILEx journey. I now have my Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and am currently working towards my Level 6 Higher Diploma.
It can be quite difficult trying to juggle a full time job in a busy office as well as fitting in time to study and have a social life, but I manage it. As soon as you start passing exams and become a step closer to your goal it spurs you on to work even harder.
I work for BGW Solicitors in Shepton Mallet and currently assist one of the director’s and the head of the conveyancing department with her caseload, I am also taking on my own cases in residential conveyancing as a fee-earner.
I would strongly recommend to anyone wishing to become a lawyer or wanting to progress within their current employment to have a look at studying with CILEx - my only regret is not starting it sooner!