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James Tonks

Legal Practice Course
James Tonks

I chose CLS as there was a heavier focus on physical attendance and hands on teaching. This suited me better to a more remote style of learning.

IPC Systems Inc.

When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?

I decided to be a lawyer after taking an aptitude test in sixth form. Beforehand that, I hadn’t considered becoming a lawyer and wasn’t too sure what I wanted to study at University. I thought law was a good option regardless of my future career path, but ultimately it led to me becoming a solicitor.

How did you come about doing the LPC and when?

I started the LPC immediately after completing my undergrad degree at the University of Westminster. By that point I was working admin in house and had a good idea that I wanted to be a solicitor.

Why did you choose CLS/ICSL?

I chose CLS as there was a heavier focus on physical attendance and hands on teaching. This suited me better to a more remote style of learning.

Any tips for current (or future) LPC students at CLS?

Start as you mean to go on; the LPC can be relatively intense at times but you can manage this by keeping on top of your studies. It’s not like undergrad where you can take it easy at the beginning and play catch up.

What was your first job after the LPC?

Paralegal at my current firm.

Any other jobs before getting a training contract?

No, I have been at my current firm since leaving the LPC.

Where and when did you complete your training contract?

I completed my training contract at my current firm in the City of London. It was an in-house training contract & I trained under an amazing team. My manager was a very experienced barrister and my training contract supervisor was a barrister.

Why do you think you got the training contract?

I was working at my firm as a paralegal at the time and received another paralegal job offer, I told my firm I wanted to stay but really wanted a training contract & fortunately they agreed.

Any tips for LPC students without training contracts?

If you are able, try to get a part time admin role at a law firm or as part of an in-house legal team. You will come across much better in interviews if you have some tangible experience of working in those environments.