In part 1 of my blog, Matthew, who graduated in 2020 and has undertaken the LPC and is due to start a training contract at Latham & Watkins, described:
- His experience of searching for graduate jobs during his time as an LSE student
- His experience with careers after graduating from LSE
- His opinions and experience of the LPC
- Useful tips for current undergraduate students.
Read part 2 of my interview with Matthew below!
How has your experience of the LPC been and what are your thoughts on it?
“The cliché is that the LPC is more practical than a law degree, which is true. As an example, you might look at how to commence and pursue a negligence claim – so, how to draft particulars of claim, what the time limits are and whether you should consider an offer of settlement – but you’re not going to be delving into the “law” and how that claim would be decided by a court. A real advantage is that the tutors tend to be ex-solicitors and so they can share a lot of their stories from practice with you.
In all honesty, the content can get quite dry at times. As such, it’s not a bad idea to find something to do on the side. I wrote articles for The Corporate Law Academy more or less once a week which I really enjoyed. I also have an Instagram account for cooking and baking.”
Do you have any tips for current undergraduate students?
“Don’t be afraid to get in touch with people in the years above you, or even people who have already graduated, if you’re struggling with your law modules or job applications. Most of us don’t bite. If you’re keen to boost your commercial awareness, why not check out some of the amateur commercial writing sites? I know I learned a lot through starting to write some articles and it was good fun too. Finally, I’d say that not everyone’s ready to jump into a scheme or open day in their first year – I know I certainly wasn’t. Take applications at your own speed; you’ll get there in the end. Best of luck!”