How to become a solicitor?

How do you become a solicitor?

Have no real experience of the area but would be interested in this.

I have heard a degree even in a totally unrelated area helps, have a good level 8 degree FETAC grading, don’t really know if it makes a difference

In advance thank you! … citor-CMS/

That’s interesting cheeky, is there any way around doing the 24 month contract? Could you do it in a banks legal department say.

I’m a qualified accountant, and while many qualified accountants come from practice backgrounds, you can quality with relevant work experience in a bank or industry. Is it the same with being a solicitor?

These days, I understand you do a prep course in one of the private colleges, then sit your exams. They you go be someone’s bitch for a couple of years in a law firm, reading every page of 200-page agreements to make sure everything is spelled correctly.

Well you have to be prepared to do things that rats wouldn’t even do in experiments.

Nope, no short cuts. It actually is a long haul.

Do you actually want to practice? If not you could do the qualifications just not the dog work. There’s some legal studies courses you can do in Open University for example, leading to a BL.

A lot of unemployed solicitors out there at the moment. Talk to someone before you go too far down the road.

Not a lot of unemployed trainees though, they only seem to become unemployed once they expect to be paid properly :smiley:

I dont agree. I get plenty of unsolicited emails from prospective CVs, notwithstanding that our HR manager is listed on our website.

Fair enough. I guess I heard wrong.

I’ve gone down this road, unsuccessfully, twice. Though it’s said that God loves a tryer, I think I’m finished with it now … maybe. It’s no push-over. Difficult to do unless you can devote a lot of time to it. Assume you have some Irish. I had none so had to start there.

You need Irish? You have got to be kidding me.

I’m out of touch :blush: 2 Mandatory Irish exams apparently abolished in 2008. Will I give it another go?? :slight_smile:

1 see if you are exempt from entrance exam. If you have a law degree you probably are.
2 sit entrance exam, no real prerequisites.
3 prep for final exam part 1, pass all 8 papers, plenty of (expensive) private help here.
4 get a training contract, (insider contacts required),
5 attend the professional practice course in Blackhall
6 pass final exam part 2

Who cares if you make a career of it. Wouldn’t it be great to bombard TD’s with letters on fancy headed paper :slight_smile:

It used to be the case that if you passed the New York Bar then the conversion to be an irish solicitor required a lesser training period. That may still apply. Not 100% sure though.

The new York Bar exam route still exists, I belive that you need a Law degree to go that way.
You need 1 years work experience and still have to pass additional exams

These days so hard to know what to do! I thought a combination of the degree I already have with being a solicitor, might make it relatively easy to earn a crust. A sort of medical legal concoction of an education that might, dare I say it, lead to a job with hours I could manage, combined with child- rearing.

What ever happened to that Celtic Tiger situation where we were all amazing and people paid us accordingly, just for being fab and cool.

A few of my clients are solicitors.
Many are seriously struggling (laid-off staff etc).

I suppose it depends on which area of law you specialised in.
Loads of solicitors relied on conveyancing and other property-related sectors, which evaporated.

My understanding is that solicitors can retrain into areas that have not been so affected by the downturn, so someone practicing family law can move into commercial etc. Perhaps a pinster can tell me how easily this is achieved.

One thing is for sure, the legal profession has been quite seriously hit.
Also add in many solicitors availed of 100% mortgages, as they were viewed as ‘recession-proof’ by the banks.

NAMA fees only go to a select few.