While many Law students will already have the LPC and a career as a lawyer in their sights, firms are equally keen to recruit non-law students and make an effort to reach out to them and invite them to consider the career. Our panel of Experts are here to explain how enrolling on the conversion course can lead to a rewarding career for those from different academic backgrounds.
We are keen to accept applications from candidates who have studied law and those who come from non-law backgrounds as both routes into private practice bring a range of skills and attributes. We encourage candidates to be open-minded and choose degrees they are naturally interested in. If they are keen to study law, then this is a great way to explore different areas and learn the basics from day one.
Each student's unique experiences and varied degree subjects are essential in helping firms provide the best possible service for each client they work with. As a non- law background can help firms to understand their clients from a different perspective and give further. Therefore, firms recognise the importance of recruiting non-lawyers as it is important that they reflect their clients who usually cover a broad spectrum of industries. For instance, at Taylor Wessing we recruit around 50:50 law to non-law trainees.
The skills that we look for and test in our graduate recruitment process are identical for students pursuing both the law and non-law routes. It is our core skill set, exhibited by all lawyers at Ashurst, which allows an individual to succeed and thrive in our collaborative environment.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, both law and non-law students from any degree discipline can apply to our graduate schemes including our open days, vacation schemes and training contracts. As a progressive employer we recognise that top talent comes from recruiting a diverse workforce including degree discipline. Like other global law firms, we boast a broad client base.