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A job where you write the script

Former solicitor Nicola Laver finds that legal journalism is the perfect career to suit life's ups and downs

2 January 2009

I had never been sure what I wanted to do, but I had always loved to write and formally trained with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). But I didn’t want to be stuck on a small local rag (which is what I would be destined for without further studying), so I did a law degree.

A new direction

The defining moments in my career came during a two-week vacation placement at a Birmingham law firm, which steered my career thoughts away from a journalistic career and into the solicitors’ profession.

Securing a training contract was as difficult then as it is today, facing month after month of that sometimes interminable task of sending hundreds of CVs and application letters. It was a chance phone call to the secretary of the local law society on a different issue that resulted in me being invited to his office with my CV - and he offered me a training contract there and then.

I was one of the successful ones, b...

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