I am quitting my high-flying advertising role to chase my barrister dream

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By Legal Cheek on

Are there any specific types of legal experience which look more impressive than others?

In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, a high-flying marketing executive wants to pursue a career at the bar and needs readers’ advice.

“I’m 26-years-old and currently work in the advertising industry, at one of London’s leading agencies. After three years, I’ve decided that I want a career change, and have become fascinated by a career at the bar. I know it’s a long, expensive journey to get pupillage, and eventually a tenancy, but it’s one I’m willing to make.

The key question I’m contemplating at the moment is how the time between now and the start of my Graduate Diploma in Law (September 2019) is best spent. I could stick at my current job, and take the occasional holiday to do mini-pupillages or marshalling as and when the opportunities are available. Or I could leave at some point early in the New Year, and look to gain some more in-depth legal experience, perhaps as a paralegal.

Do you think that longer-term experience would bolster my CV and show commitment to the profession? And do you think there are specific types of legal experience which look more impressive than others?”

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