Student insight - John Pain

"I found it really helpful to have a clear goal to keep focusing on. Make sure you give as much time and attention to studying as you can…you can almost guarantee that the lecture or tutorial you miss will be something you need to know about in your first seat.

Part of the LPC course required students to spend a week in practice. I undertook this at a small local firm. By pure chance one of the matters I was involved with on the placement related to a topic we’d covered the preceding week in class. It was quite exciting to see how this played out in the real world, and gave me a practical context to relate the topic to in exams!

Work experience is a fundamental part of obtaining a training contract.  It’s important to show prospective employers that you’re serious about the career you’ve chosen.  It’s equally valuable in helping you to decide where you see yourself as best fitting within the profession. The difference between a high street law firm and an international law firm is clearly enormous in terms of the type and variety of work and opportunities available. They’re also very different in terms of the expectations and ethos. Each firm within those ‘tiers’ (e.g. 1 or 2 partner, high street, local, regional, national, international) will have its respective  culture and approach, both to work and to employees private life.  

I started my training contract the September after finishing my LPC, I’m currently in the fourth seat of my training contract and am therefore set to qualify (fingers crossed) this September.

I’ve had articles published in industry magazines and journals, as well as in the local press, and undertaken work on behalf of and against celebrities and politicians!  It was also exciting to attend a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice.

On both the LPC and the GDL staff were available and helpful, even outside the lecture/seminar environment and prescribed office hours. More widely, the faculty support staff could not have been more helpful, supportive and understanding.

There’s a real feeling that the staff want to see their students reach their potential.  When you’re doing a course specifically focused on one outcome (i.e. getting a training contract in this instance) this is really very comforting.  The more you put in the more you get out, and I found that most lecturers were more than happy to match your effort and enthusiasm."