Mature Students: What Do You Bring To The Table?

Are mature students of value to law firms or are legal recruiters only looking for fresh young blood they can mould and shape to their liking?

If you’re a mature law student and you feel your age is a barrier to entry into the legal profession, it’s important for you to take stock and realise the value you add to firms and chambers.

Whilst some firms may relish the opportunity to recruit younger candidates who they can train to fit their particular culture, others are more than willing to employ a law graduate who can bring with them a whole set of experience and wisdom.

Here are a few things to remember if you find yourself despondent in the face of your more youthful competition:

  • Don’t disregard your transferable skills; think about your previous career and how skills developed in these roles could be of value to legal recruiters.
  • Use your contacts. Think of the wealth of experienced people within your networks and how they might be able to help you during this career change.
  • Understand your value. How can you positively differentiate yourself from amongst your younger competitors? What do you have that they may lack?
  • Take inspiration from those who’ve gone before you…..

…Mark Pentecost is a 50 year-old about to start his training contract in January 2012. Have a look at his account of what it took for him to get there.

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