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Stage Solicitors Barristers
The Academic stage is the same for
each profession but they can choose 1
of 2 routes:
3yr long law degree
£27,000 fees university
7 core topics along with an area of your choice
3yr long degree in other subject
£27,000 university fees
1yr long Graduate Diploma in Law with 7 core
topics at a cost of £7,000
1yr legal practice course Bar professional course
£11,000 fee London college based
Involves interning, advocacy, accounts and extra 1yr…read more

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Training contract Pupillage
2yrs long ­ 6 months in 4 different departmenst 6 months shadowing your supervisor and 6
Trainee solicitor supervised by a partner of the months advocating for your own clients
firm Called a pupil and supervised by a pupil
Professional The law society and the SRA set minimum salary master
to £16,500 Minimum salary set by Bar Council is
Also do a professional skills course £12,000
Stage Strengths Criticisms
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Its practical and gets you involved with the Costly - £11,000 for a year (sol)
law and you aren't just sitting in a Fairly short course ­ compact
Vocational classroom.…read more

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Criminal effectiveness
Solicitor OR Barrister
People may want:
Reduced fees
Work to be completed
If still not happy they can complain too:
Complaints partner Head of chambers
Discipline solicitor
The legal ombudsman can do any of these
Apologise to you
Give you back any documents you
may need
Do more work for you to put right
what went wrong
Refund or reduce legal fees
Pay compensation if you have lost
or been badly treated (up to
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You have one year from when the
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Smith E

It is easy to overlook the case law and statute in this topic area and this is why this resource works well, as Smith and the CLS Act are both referenced, as are fairly up to date figures (e.g. the 2011 figures for total number of solicitors). The combination of spider diagram and bulleted table, with colour, would suit a student who likes a varied range of revision materials. 

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