I am an LPC graduate with a 2:1 Law degree from a Russell Group university, who has interned at a Magic Circle firm, an American firm and an international firm, but am finding it so hard to get Paralegal roles.
I have applied directly to a number of law firms and have signed up with countless recruiters within London to no avail. Some applications have yielded job interviews, but my feedback is invariably "we liked you, but another applicant has more experience", which puts me in the old catch-22. All in all, my legal internships have provided me with about 6 weeks total experience, so I get their point.
I am strongly interested in Corporate and Finance Paralegal positions, and my internships have been within those practice areas. I know these two areas are considered the most competitive, so have been pursuing opportunities within other commercial areas, like DR and Real Estate, which I still really enjoy, but because my studies and internships have been mainly Corporate focused, I have a hard time convincing potential employers offering roles in other practice areas that I am sincerely interested in their role and won't disappear after a few months! Equally, I have found some excellent up and coming gems in London that specialise in the areas I am most passionate about, but they do not wish to employ me, as they feel, based on my internships, I am only interested in working for a major corporation! I have proclaimed my experiences have been with large outfits only because they are the ones that offer internships and I would love to work for a smaller firm.
Also, I have been applying for Training Contracts, but those have also provided so competitive and none I have applied for will start at least until late 2020/2021, so while those are being processed, I am focusing on other interim opportunities.
All in all, I am struggling to get a start in the industry and feel kind of pigeonholed, despite never having worked as a Paralegal before!
I just wondered if any of you could recommend a recruitment agency you have found helpful, offer any interview tips for overcoming my lack of paid experience or suggest any productive next steps for furthering my career within commercial law?
Thank you so much for reading and thanks in advance for any advice provided.