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Returning to law after working in a different field

Returning to law after working in a different field

Q If I decided not to practice and take a different job can I return to the law?A There is no reason you cannot return to the law, particularly if you work in a field that can be transferred…

Q If I decided not to practice and take a different job can I return to the law?

A There is no reason you cannot return to the law, particularly if you work in a field that can be transferred into the legal arena - ie construction, government, property etc.

It is important to remember, however, that securing your first role out of university can be competitive and the longer you delay this the harder it may be.

If you do secure a graduate position, but are unsure, it may be useful to consider deferring your start date (if this is an option) to give you some time to reflect. Having said this, hopefully, if you secure a position, you have decided to pursue a career in the law, at least in the short term!

Choosing not to commence a practising role immediately following completion of your degree does not mean you have "wasted" your years of study. The law degree is becoming for many, a :generalist" degree and provides a number of important skills that can be used in a variety of roles - including writing, researching and analysis skills.

- Megan Drysdale, senior consultant at Mahlab

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