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Too old to study PCLL?
posted on Sunday, 04 December 2011 23:17

I am in my late forties & have a LLB.  Is it too old for me to apply for a PCLL course?  I do much paralegal work now & want to become a lawyer.  It is my interest.

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Posted Friday, 25 May 2012 04:56 PM

I am 58 and I am applying for PCLL admission in 2012/13 (I got a JD from one of the 3 law schools in HK). Just remember there is no official retirement age for a self-employed legal professional...!

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Louisa Yeung - Career Doctor  
Posted Friday, 27 April 2012 03:55 PM


It is great that you are interested in furthering your career and have identified additional study that will help you move towards this profession.

It is never too late to undertake further study, but you will need to think about all the elements required when taking on a new and broader role and specifically the demands of being a Lawyer. To make sure that the direction you are heading in is the right one for you, reflect on the daily tasks of a Lawyer and identify the skills that you already have as a Paralegal that you could bring to this position. If you are confident that you can commit to the role and can develop the skills you already have, then work toward successfully completing further study.

When you are looking for a position as a Lawyer, it is important to think about the type of company and working environment that suits you. For example, in an international law firm or in-house role with a large business, people often work longer hours and competition to secure the top legal job is difficult, however, career progression opportunities are more readily available. In comparison, a smaller law firm may have limited remits but generally offer more flexible working arrangements for good candidates.

For the best chance of a job offer, your CV must stand out among other candidates’. You will need to clearly demonstrate how you meet the employer’s needs in your application by referencing the requirements of the job advertisement. To be successful in proceeding through the interview stages, you need to sell yourself and your current skills. In particular, demonstrate the skills you have already developed as a Paralegal, as well as your willingness to learn and develop on the job, to show an employer that you are both talented and enthusiastic about the role and company.

If you don’t consider study a viable option, you can pursue the alternative path of acquiring practical experience in an in-house legal advisor role, rather than acquiring your PCLL qualification. This depends on how much time you are willing to put into advancing your career to become a Lawyer. If you take this path, you will need to begin with an entry level role (Legal Assistant) and progress to the top job (Legal Manager).

If you would like further information or advice, please leave a comment below.

All the best,

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Posted Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:56 AM

I have a journalist friend who once interviewed a lady who was 54 and had just graduated with a law degree. Her attitude was, I'll be 54 no matter what but this way I'll be 54 with a law degree.

You should go with what you're interested in.

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Mid 40
Posted Thursday, 16 February 2012 07:38 PM

I am also studying law, l always don't agree with any opinion as 'too old' in studying.

Try to catch the chance, there's a time limit on you LLB to apply PCLL.

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