I have reached a place in my career where I can no longer progress without specific training and my employment options are limited. I am currently working two jobs to pay the bills and I am increasingly desperate for an alternative career. After looking at my skills and interests, I have decided to retrain as a Solicitor.
In order to become a solicitor, I need to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, followed by a Legal Practice Course. This will then allow me to get a job as a Paralegal to complete my training to become a solicitor. With these two courses, I should be qualified within 3 years
I can complete these courses as a distance learning course, from Leeds Beckett University, the first beginning in September 2020 and is £6000 for the 19/20 academic year (this may increase next year). I need to apply for the course before the end of July. I can do this course for 1 year full time, completing my studies in my own time and during term-time holidays.
I have looked into my funding options. I can get a student loan for the second stage of my qualifications (Legal Practice Course), however there is no funding for the GDL. My only option would be to get a personal loan, but the repayments are far to high and I cannot afford this. I am hoping to raise enough money to pay for the course or alternatively, a portion of it, so that I can get a smaller loan.
I really do appreciate your time and interest, and any donation you could contribute, no matter how small, will be changing my life, and that of my family.