One of my biggest worries that really just makes me sick to my stomach whenever I think about it and is always in the back of my head is whether I will ever obtain a traineeship to start my career as a lawyer to be. Getting a traineeship in both Scotland and England is very competitive and there is no guarantee that you will obtain one.
In Scotland you have to complete the diploma in legal practice after you have completed your LLB (Hons) degree. Usually such a degree can cost between £6000 and upwards depending on the University you choose to attend. As such, it is an incredibly expensive investment and another factor making it more tricky is that once you have completed the diploma in legal practice it is only valid for two years. This can add a tremendous amount of pressure on any law student eager to start their career.
Having good grades does not always mean that you will have an easy time finding a traineeship and most law firms will want you to have some experience. My university has a so called Law Clinic that is run by students and supervised by our professors and qualified solicitors. This is a great way to obtain some experience but be warned this will most times not be nearly enough. I can't count the number of times I have applied for a job and gotten rejected it really is heartbreaking, but I think it is really important not to let yourself get discouraged and just keep trying. If you let the heartbreak over being rejected get to you, you just risk getting more depressed about life and getting of track of what really matters - finding a good traineeship/ work experience.
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