It's been almost 1.5 years since I graduated from law school and I have not secured an articling position yet. I completed my studies in Quebec but I did my LSUC (now LSO) licensing examinations, and I am looking for a position in GTA or Ottawa. I am wondering if now is a good time to give up and consider a career change?
Here's a little about me. I went to law school straight from CEGEP so I never did any other undergraduate degree. Growing up, law school was never on my mind, and I think if I'm being honest, I only studied law because I was surprised I got accepted and didn't wasn't to waste the opportunity. My grades were excellent in CEGEP, probably because I was studying something I was truly interested in, but not so much in law school. I only started looking for an articling position after graduation and I have had a few interviews but no offers yet. I started off by applying to only firms I was very interested in but recently I have been applying to pretty much any posting I see online. This hasn't made any difference either.
I always knew I didn't wanted to pursue law as a long-term career. My original plan was that I would work for a few years as a lawyer and then either go back to school or switch to another career. Now I just want to find an articling position. I'm a much more quantitative person and what I have always been interested in is finance and computer science. The deadlines for applying to university for Fall 2018 is coming soon and I am very tempted to apply, but at the same time I know I would regret it forever if I quit without getting called to the bar first. At the same time, I don't want to keep stalling my dream of studying something I am passionate about. If I applied now, I would be starting my second undergraduate degree at the age of 24 which I guess is still not too bad. I wouldn't make the same mistakes I made in law school, and hopefully 3-4 years from now I would have a great job. Perhaps I don't have much credibility regarding academic performance at this point, but I'm confident I will do very well if I choose to study finance or computer science.
I guess I could try to find a part-time articling position while studying next year but the chances of that are probably worse than finding a full-time position now. As for the LPP, I gave into the apparent stigma and decided to keep trying to find an articling position instead. By the time I realized that was a bad decision (August 2017), it was too late to enroll in the LPP for 2017. If I don't find an articling position soon and I don't start a second undergraduate degree in Fall 2018, then my final option is to do the LPP this year. But I don't know if I would have any chance at getting a placement afterwards, since placements aren't guaranteed (from what I understand) and it would have been more than 2 years since I graduated by then.
I know I messed up in many ways, including going to law school when I wasn't really interested in it, so I expect to get some heat for it on this forum. But I'd appreciate it if I could also get some useful advice. Should I give up on law and go back to school in Fall 2018? Should I stick with finding an articling position or starting LPP? Finally, is it possible to do the LPP part-time (second undergrad and LPP at the same time)? Thanks in advance.
EDIT: I should add that my primary interest in law is IP. It was my best course and I have quite a few IP-related experiences to show for on my CV. However, IP positions are hard to find at this point. I am also interested in corporate law and, to a lesser extent, criminal law.