He’s not the first
An Anglia Ruskin University law graduate has taken to London’s streets in the hope of bagging himself some legal work.
A sharply dressed Jordan De Leon was spotted at the entrance to London’s busy Liverpool Street station this morning dishing out copies of his CV. Holding a sign which explains that he is seeking “an entry level” legal job, an image of De Leon was posted on Twitter earlier today by a passing commuter.
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Speaking to Legal Cheek, ex-personal trainer De Leon said: “The legal profession is an incredibly competitive market to break into and you can’t show your true self on paper — desperate times call for desperate measures. I hope to work in commercial property law, however, I’d happily consider other fields.”
So did the wannabe lawyer, who graduated with a 2:1 in 2014, succeed in securing a job? He told us:
“No, not yet, but it’s still early days. I handed out around 20 copies of my CV and was offered a number of business cards during the three hours I spent outside the station. I was really surprised by the level of public support.”
So surprised, in fact, that De Leon plans to it all over again tomorrow, this time outside Holborn Tube Station — an area of the City heavily populated by law firms. According to De Leon’s CV, which is now doing the rounds on Twitter, he studied law at A-Level and is currently working as “Yard Operative” at Pimlico Plumbers.
De Leon isn’t the first solicitor hopeful to hit the streets in search of work.
In 2015, Exeter law grad Aimran Alif (pictured below) was spotted holding a sign and handing out copies of his CV on the concourse of Liverpool Street station. Like De Leon, Alif — who graduated in 2013 and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and an LLM in Islamic Finance at BPP Law School — was seeking an entry level role. According to his LinkedIn he is now a freelance B2B business development consultant.
Others to try their luck on London’s busy streets include Bilal Rauf, who studied law at UWE, and an unnamed De Montfort LLBer. Rauf was spotted outside Chancery Lane Tube station, while his mystery counterpart punted for Cannon Street. Rauf’s LinkedIn states that since February he has been working as a paralegal at Pinsent Masons.