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Legal Practice Course (LPC) — Karen Holden

Karen studied her LPC part time at The University of Law (ULaw) while working in the public sector, before founding A City Law Firm

I grew up on a council estate and watched my mum work three jobs as a single parent. Anyone from a similar background who's worried about access to law should feel encouraged by all of the alternative routes to qualification.

You can study part time while working, or your employer can pay you to do the LPC. Working as a paralegal and then a trainee while studying can have major advantages and not just financially. You get to apply what you learn in real time.

I studied my LPC part time. Like a lot of students, I had very little money but working throughout my studies enabled me to pay the bills.

Studying at ULaw was incredibly exciting. Learning about different cultures, out-of-London employees and varied employment opportunities opened my eyes to the legal world.

Some of our amazing trainees have come from ULaw. Trainees have to be proactive, think outside the box and not be too traditional or conformist. Be diverse and show that you're willing to try new things. Create blog ideas for the website, go networking, promote a new technology for the firm and show enthusiasm.

If you want a career in law, be persistent, have confidence and work hard. If you don't get a contract straightaway, do another role and prove yourself in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), in-house or at a private company. Experience can never be taken for granted.

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