What do I do if I have not secured a training contract in my second or third year?
As soon as you get that letter of acceptance into your law school of choice, you probably constructed a mind map of what the next three years of your life will look like. While an intense and (not so) memorable freshers followed by years of partying and friend-making is guaranteed, your end-goal is to be able to make it to your 9:00AM after a night out, and more importantly: to become a lawyer. In accomplishing your end-goal, you would expect to get a vacation scheme before your final year, followed by a training contract – your golden ticket into your legal career. If your vision is realised, then congratulations; you have guaranteed yourself a safe and stable kick-start into your career. But what if you don’t secure a training contract in your second or third year? The first thing you need to realise is that it is okay not have one. Do not think less of yourself and you can still go on to be a successful lawyer; you will just have to take an alternative route/path. The important thing is that you are aware of the competition you face and honest about your strengths and weaknesses.