Mature study and retraining
Medicine for law
Teamsaction · 30/04/2022 13:08
I am a medic and am thinking of retraining to be a solicitor. Ideally I think I would like to do medico-legal work and would like to work for a medical defence organisation although though roles don't come up very often and are very competitive so I wondered if better just to retrain?
However being a medic gives me a good life balance as although I work 14hr days when I am at work, I do have 2 days off in the week to be with my small children. I am 40 so feel it's a now or never decision. Has anyone had experience of retraining and how did it go?
Gruach · 30/04/2022 13:48
As a former lawyer I had the vague idea that coroners needed both medical and legal qualifications, (perhaps because I knew a medic who was studying for the Bar with that intention,) but I see from the National Careers Service that you only need five years experience as a solicitor / barrister. Don’t know if that might be of interest? Higher salary than you currently have - but you’d have to stick out the first five years.
Now that training routes have changed I can’t offer a knowledgeable opinion beyond that.
Teamsaction · 30/04/2022 18:39
Thankyou, yes being a coroner would be my ideal end goal. I guess I need to talk to some solicitors and see more what the job is like etc
Teamsaction · 11/05/2022 19:50
Thanks for checking, I haven't made much progress. Not sure I can face more exams! How did you find being a lawyer?
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