I have an LLB and graduated in 2010. I have no real legal experience (well under the supervision of a solicitor anyway) and I am currently working as self employed in a fairly non-legal role.
What I do at the moment suits me, as I have a 2-year-old and I can work flexibly from home so don't have to pay for childcare. That said, I have ambitions to work in law someday and I know that my degree will "expire" in 2017. At the same time, I'm not getting any younger and we want to have another baby hopefully this year. I've now looked at CILEX as a viable option and I was thinking to undertake the fast track graduate diploma during my maternity leave. Does this sound completely bonkers? After the diploma, my plan is to carry on working in my current role or hopefully find part-time work in a more legal environment until both the children would be older (3 and 6/7) and then concentrating on my career more.
I wonder how realistic it is that I might gain qualifying work experience after finishing the diploma..? I have plenty of experience in legal research and claims handling, but no experience being a paralegal or even a legal secretary.