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The legal profession
Barristers

Training:

Barristers qualify through three stages:
1. the academic stage ­

This requires a degree, usually at least a 2:2 in law. A conversion course can be followed if the person
has a degree in another subject; for example the CPE (common professional examination). The Bar…

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Barristers are appointed as counsel by solicitors for advice and/or representation in court. They no
longer have a monopoly as audience in court, although it is still more common for a barrister to
appear in the higher courts.

Barristers are normally self employed individuals; they can't form partnerships but they…

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Solicitors

Training:

1. The academic stage ­

This requires completing a degree ­ usually in law. If it is in a subject other than law then the CPE
conversion course will need to be taken.

2. Vocational training ­

This is done via the legal practice course. This provides professional…

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Solicitors are expected to fulfil high standards of professionalism (they can advertise, but there are
restrictions on what they can say). Discipline is governed by the Solicitors Act 1974 and the Courts
and Legal Services Act 1990. They can be struck off (like doctors) for the role of misconduct.

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