Is A 2:2 A Kiss Of Death For Wannabe Lawyers?

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Anthony Lyons is a charming, intelligent part-time LPC student who works as a paralegal at top London law firm Mishcon de Reya. What’s more, Lyons boasts an entrepreneurial zeal, organising the #AskaTrainee Twitter Q&A through his impressive social media following. In short, he’s the sort of person who you’d expect to walk into a training contract – if, that is, he hadn’t got a 2:2 in his degree…

Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge and Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor Kevin Poulter advise Lyons (pictured) on strategies for getting round this problem – and, in what may be a first for the #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast, agree!

The gist of their advice is for Lyons not to be fussy and to take a TC anywhere he can find one. Then, by the time he has finished it in 2015-2016, the economy will probably be in better shape and, as has happened after past recessions, there may even be a shortage of junior lawyers. In which case, there will be opportunities to trade up to better firms.

Listen to the trio chat in the podcast below. Plus, in the videoclip below that, Lyons reveals how he has built up an enviable Twitter presence through his @ParalegalTony account in a snappy two-minute smartphone interview which Aldridge forces him to submit as a condition to exiting Legal Cheek HQ.

This podcast is also available on iTunes.