Pros and cons
Anjali Goyal works as a legal assistant.
The legal industry is extremely fast paced and dynamic with constant updates to the law and cases more often than not become the centre focus in the daily newspapers. I enjoy being part of this and being able to understand exactly how the law is moulded for the changing times. I also like to be able to help others out of problems using knowledge that I have spent time and energy learning and perfecting. It gives me a sense of responsibility and is highly rewarding.
It is a tough industry to enter into and no-one should go through the steps unless they are fully committed to the end result. The industry is becoming more and more competitive, so a simple list of great qualifications is not going to cut it anymore. The LPC is a difficult course – I would probably say the most difficult part of the academic process.
Alternative career paths in Law:
Paralegals, outdoor clerks, legal assistants, research assistants, GTA (graduate teaching assistants) PhD in research or teaching undergraduates in University, voluntary advice work (at CAB, Law
centres). Legal executives in all legal sectors and in local authorities, licensed conveyancers (in property, probate and
litigation). Also, consider company secretary or administrator in legal areas, public sectors, higher education, NHS.