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How to become a reliable lawyer

without losing your spark

Because Harvey made everyone dream of becoming one.

But the reality is much more complex than it appears in the series.

Becoming a solicitor is a journey filled with challenges, and I’m not just referring to the qualifying exams.

The average age of qualification ranges from the late 20s to early 30s, but securing a TC (training contract) and a spot in a Global Elite Law Firm (GELF) requires more than just good grades. It can also cost you your spark.

You have to contend with:

Brutal competition

Hundreds of applicants vying for limited spots. It’s not just overall grades that are considered but also the grades in specific subjects relevant to the department you are applying to. This competition can be intense and relentless.

Genuine interest in core subjects

Having a genuine interest in the core subjects of the department can save you from practicing in areas that don’t satisfy you or bring out your best.

This interest ensures that you remain engaged and motivated, which is crucial for maintaining your spark in such a demanding field.

Real-world complexity

Unlike the glamorous portrayals on TV, the day-to-day reality of a solicitor involves navigating complex legal issues, long hours, and high-stakes responsibilities.

Balancing these demands while keeping your enthusiasm alive requires resilience and a deep-seated passion for the law.

Maintaining your spark

It’s easy to get lost in the grind and lose the very qualities that make you unique.

To stand out, you need to demonstrate not only academic excellence but also a well-rounded skill set and a genuine passion for the law.

Having a solid understanding of your interests, strengths, and career aspirations is essential.

Tailoring your applications to align with the firm’s culture and practice areas can demonstrate your genuine interest and enthusiasm.

Highlighting relevant experiences, such as internships, extracurricular activities, or legal research projects, can demonstrate your commitment and suitability for the role.

Strategy for success

A true game-changer to save you from frustration and bad choices is developing a comprehensive plan.

It requires a deep understanding of the factors that make you…you.


If you want to build a fulfilling and impactful legal career, we should talk!

Giusy Falco

I help top-tiers corporate lawyer mothers, freshly separated, juggling with a high-demanding career and day-to-day responsibilities, so they can enjoy both their dream life and profession. Without dropping a ball. Get in touch!