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A LPC Graduate? What next?

If you’re an LPC student, it’s that glorious time of year… you’ve just finished all your exams, the sun is shining… then it suddenly hits you. You need to start that job search that you’ve been putting off. Well panic no more, because we have compiled a few tips that should help kick start your career and land you your first legal role!

As a general rule we are unable to help paralegals with less than six months continuous hands on fee earning experience within their chosen practice area. This isn’t to say that trainee roles don’t exist, they do, but firms don’t need to pay an agency fee for someone who requires training.  Occasionally we do also get entry level roles, so it is still worth registering with us so that we can contact you directly when these roles come up.

Frustrating though this is, we therefore recommend a direct approach with a targeted covering letter and well thought out CV.  

When deciding which firms to approach there are a number of directories online which enable you to search location, size of firm and area of law which will all help make your approach more targeted. 

http://www.waterlowlegal.com/

http://www.legal500.com/books/l500

www.chambersandpartners.com

When approaching a firm we also recommend that you get the name of the person who deals with recruitment so that your CV arrives on the right desk!  Don’t be tempted to do a round robin, they are obvious and lazy. Instead spend a bit of time showing that you have really thought about the firm you are approaching.

When drafting your CV, it is important that you get it right and really stand out from the crowd. Make sure that your contact details are clearly on the front of your CV (this might sound obvious but you would be surprised!) followed by your education and your employment history. It’s not necessary to keep your CV to two pages. If the information is relevant it should be there, but keep it concise and easy to read. Avoid long paragraphs of narrative. For non-legal experience, simply listing previous roles will suffice, only  going into more detail where really relevant.

We hope the above gives you some encouragement, and also some useful hints as to applying for work in the sector.  It’s a matter of being persistent, totally flexible, and very organised in your approach.  You will find a role, so stay positive and keep applying.  The more experience you amass, then the more direct involvement an agency such as Sacco Mann can have in your job searches in the future, and we’re always pleased to deal with people again and again as their career develops.

We wish you all the very best with your job search

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