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ChristieCarmichael Thu 13-Feb-20 22:50:20

Is there anything that broadly uses that skill set? I’m in my mid 20s looking to change paths and I like the analytical aspect. Any suggestions?

StCharlotte Thu 13-Feb-20 23:13:05

Given you will only just have qualified maybe try a different specialism? Probate sounds dull but you need a forensic way of thinking (to ascertain assets etc) and the human side of it is fascinating.

FredaFrogspawn Thu 13-Feb-20 23:17:50

Humanist Celebrant?
Charity sector head office?
Something in the trade union council?
Business manager?

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Thu 13-Feb-20 23:32:17

Someone I know with this exact dilemma fell into lecturing at one of the smaller institutions and has stayed in the sector ever since.

KenAdams Thu 13-Feb-20 23:47:01

Compliance, contract management, procurement, governance etc.

NeverTwerkNaked Thu 13-Feb-20 23:55:51

Are you sure you just haven't found your right niche yet? Being " a lawyer" varies wildly depending on the type of law/organisation you work in.

Vague ideas - patent attorney,: procurement specialist; academic; auditor..

NeverTwerkNaked Thu 13-Feb-20 23:57:07

For me, I struggled a bit in private practice. Didn't like the corporate tedium. But I absolutely love working in -house.

Ciwirocks Fri 14-Feb-20 00:08:51

There are a lot of home office type jobs that use knowledge of law quite a bit, immigration and asylum for example

cstaff Fri 14-Feb-20 00:12:29

Legal dept of any bank is a lot less pressure and money is as good. Hours are more 9 to 5 than any solicitors office.

Mum2b2020 Fri 14-Feb-20 00:24:00

You could become a forensic investigator? or police detective? Both use very similar skills

Mum2b2020 Fri 14-Feb-20 00:25:37

Or do a few aml certificates and work for a bank in financial crime. Theres a huge focus on it these days.

camrose Fri 14-Feb-20 06:29:59


FrenchFancie Fri 14-Feb-20 07:20:19

As a probate lawyer looking to get out, I wouldn’t recommend it!
If you have a decent (ie 2:1) you could look at the government legal service? Especially if you get into advisory work, my OH is a GLS lawyer in advisory work and it seems ideal - very analytical, only the one client, no time recording (I understand this may change in the future) and no marketing! Transfer between departments is encouraged so you spend some time in transport, then move to HMRC then TSol for example. Sounds awesome to me (and once small is old enough I will be applying...)

NeverTwerkNaked Fri 14-Feb-20 20:25:33

@FrenchFancie yes I love not having to worry about marketing or time recording!

ChristieCarmichael Fri 14-Feb-20 20:28:09

Thanks for the ideas!

danadas Fri 14-Feb-20 20:31:48

Civil Service definitely work a look.

danadas Fri 14-Feb-20 20:32:25


Elouera Fri 14-Feb-20 20:35:45

As someone else suggested, union rep? A few years ago I was made redundant and the union rep that assisted had a law background, and no background whatsoever in the profession I worked in! I'm sure she did know a great deal about my profession also, and it was more the law side I needed help with, but there might be many options open to you.

TabbyStar Fri 14-Feb-20 20:41:06

Citizens Advice or other advice centre? You might have to volunteer first, but if you have some experience you can work for one of the national charities doing advice to the advisers or policy or parliamentary work, although they tend to be London-based. You're doing very similar stuff to lawyers, just in social welfare law - benefits, housing, employment etc.

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