"A lot of people nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B."
'Fats' Domino, the American pianist and songwriter seems to have left out one qualification. The LLB. Recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a law degree, I have reluctantly joined the other 64,000 unemployed graduates.
I have been searching for a training contract at a London law firm for nearly three years. My ambitions and focus have somewhat changed. Admittedly, I was a dreamer. After a premature open day at Clifford Chance, I saw myself in a pin-striped suit, crisp white tie and patent black court shoes. Walking quickly around Canary Wharf, armed with a Financial Times in one hand and a large black coffee in the other. I would proudly walk up to the 50-storey, glass fronted building (equipped with a panoramic bar and swimming pool on the roof terrace). Smiling at the receptionist, I would continue on the unnaturally polished and gleaming marble floors until reaching the lift (which ascends to the 30th floor in under four seconds).
Revisiting this routine two years later, my ambitions have somewhat changed. I have always had an interest in journalism and broadcasting, and now I want to combine this interest with my legal expertise to become a media and entertainment lawyer and consultant. In the height of the Leveson inquiry, this seems very apt.
I have had extensive experience in the legal industry: as campus manager for an international firm, three vacation schemes at city firms, an internship in a Shanghai law school and currently working as a Legal Adviser for the Citizens Advice Bureau. I could say that I have become a connoisseur at cover letters and CVs, and have been on the receiving end of the interview process one too many times. If anything, I have only become more determined and more focused on my ultimate goals.
This blog will combine my passion for media law with my ongoing attempts to receive a TC offer. I will blog about the legal developments in the media world and strive to inform (and entertain) on all associated developments.